Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Goddess Legacy--Aimee Carter

Title: The Goddess Legacy
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 2012
Pages: 373 p
Source: Amazon Kindle
Compensation: none

The Goddess Legacy was published between Goddess Interrupted and The Goddess Inheritance, but I don't think I missed out on anything by reading it last. Unlike the other novels in the trilogy, this one is a collection of novellas each from a different point of view. The stories are told in chronological order. It opens with Hera having just overthrown Cronus and arguing with Zeus over how they will split up ruling the world. Zeus naturally thinks that he's the best candidate to rule the skies but is willing to let Hera be a Queen with him. Thus begins the conflict between the misogynistic Zeus and the ambitious Hera.

We learn Aphrodite's true capacity for love and Persephone's suffering and sacrifice. We see Hermes/James as more than just the "friend" trying to woo Kate away from Henry. We learn why they changed their names. The very last story is Hades transformation to Henry, from a lonely bitter defeated man to one with hope for the future when he finally meets Kate.

Some of the stories were better than others, but as a whole I enjoyed The Goddess Legacy. It's not necessary to read it as part of the trilogy, but it added a new layer of understanding behind some of the characters' motivations. And it helped to fill the void of finishing the series. A void so deep I actually bought the ebook! This instant gratification is a dangerous thing.

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