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The Goddess Hunt (A Goddess Test Novel) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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In this Goddess Test novella, Kate Winters is the new queen of the underworld. Persephone has given up her immortality and left Hades, or Harry. He has chosen Kate as his new wife and given her six months to live her life before she officially becomes queen.
Her friend James has decided to take her on a trip to Greece for part of that six months. She is excited to be there but sad to be away from Harry. They have only been married for three days. Her attitude changes when James gets them lost in the woods. She is about ready to kill him when a strange man shows up calling himself Lux. He and James seem to know each other. Kate has no clue what is really going on but she is about to be stuck in the middle.
Lux and his brother Casey escaped the underworld and are being hunted by Harry, Walter and the council. Kate learns the story and starts seeing the council for who and what it is. Her views are shattered and she is unsure if she can continue down this path she was set upon.
This story was just okay for me. There wasn’t a lot of background information on Kate or why Persephone left. I also wondered about the name changes for the gods. It didn’t make any sense why Zeus was now Walter.
The chase that Lux and Casey tried to escape was face paced, which kept you reading. I also liked Kate after she started seeing the truth about the gods she had aligned herself with. She has spunk and basically told Zeus off. Gotta love her. The author made Hades into a compassionate god instead of what you normally think of him. So that was a nice change. He chose his new wife before duty. A very nice twist that was added. I give this book a 3 out of 5.
Let me first say that I didn't think The Goddess Test was that great of a book. Being a huge fan of the myth of Hades and Persephone - I used the tale as my first telling in my Storytelling class - I had major issues with the way the mythology was used, and the "tasks" (for lack of a better word) that Kate had to accomplish in order to become Henry's wife. Some of these same issues are alive and well in The Goddess Hunt, and will most likely be present for the remainder of the series. However, I liked this novella well enough, especially the chapters from Henry's point of view, that I'm going to rate it exactly as I did The Goddess Test. There were some definite things I didn't like - again, with the inconsistency of her mythology - but I will say that Kate was pretty awesome in standing up to Walter. She's got a definite backbone, even if I can't always stand her decision-making.
Also, just a note: this isn't a stand alone story. If you haven't read The Goddess Test this won't make much sense. Just an fyi!
Like I said about The Goddess Test, I like the way this series showed the gods and goddesses from a different perspective. In The Goddess Test, they were undercover (so to speak), pretending to be Henry's servants. Once you figure out who is pretending to be who, you can see the different parts of their god(dess)-like nature show through. But in this novella, we know who they are and they're not hiding it. So we also see the mythology-like personalities as well.
Kate has passed the test, and now it is time for her six months away from Henry. James is coming with her, and they decide to go to Greece. But James has his own plan- to check up on the Castor and Pollux, who the other gods have been trying to find for centuries. Unknown to Kate, Ava has been keeping tabs on where they are, and alerts Walter/Zeus to where Castor and Pollux are. Kate doesn't know the whole story, and being the new Queen of the Underworld, is the last person Castor and Pollux would trust.
Maybe it's because I've read a lot of mythology and just understand that that is the way the gods and goddesses are, but Kate's whole judgmental attitude of Walter and Henry being such terrible people for doing this to them irked me the entire time. Now, I am in no way saying that Walter was correct in tricking the brothers like he did, or that it is right of them to hunt them down when all they want is to be together. And I understand the Kate's whole existence really is to bring a fresh perspective, since she understands what it's like to be human. But her mere 19 years compared to their thousands upon thousands? She has no right to be so judgmental and closed-minded about the situation. Technically, Castor died. Pollux shouldn't get to see him at all, just like any other person's family when they die, and now the three of them are acting like the gods are the bad guys.
And they are as well, I get that. I do. I'm not making excuses for them. It's just...Kate, man. Ugh. She really annoys me.