The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test)
(Description nicked from B&N.com.)
“During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can’t stop her—until Cronus offers a deal.
In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he’ll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.
With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.
Even if it costs her eternity.”
One thing that I didn’t expect from this novel is that Kate would give birth so quickly. At the end of the previous book, she was barely pregnant, and so this book skips several months to get to the birth. I think that I was expecting that much of the story’s action would take place while she was still pregnant, but that wasn’t the case. It’s not something that I felt detracted from the tale, but it was surprising.
This entire plot arc is fueled by Calliope’s desire to hurt Kate, and it really made me dislike the character. Unfortunately, Calliope sometimes devolved into a sneering caricature of a villain, and that was part of my dislike as well. Cronus was portrayed much better: He has little to no interest in humanity except as a means to force the gods into doing his bidding, but he does care about Kate because of her kindness to him. His coldness and dispassionate attitude towards everyone was played consistently and worked well.
On the side of the good guys, we have Kate, who made me want to grab her by the shoulders and shake her. She spends almost the entire novel concocting plans to give herself up to Cronus and being pushed around by the other gods. A lot of page space is given to her spirit journeys to watch over her son, in which she can do nothing but watch what is happening and occasionally talk to Cronus. All of this makes her rather ineffectual as a main character, and rather frustrating to read as well. I really wanted her to step up and make a difference as a strong person, but she didn’t.
I did like the other action taking place, though. The conflict between Cronus and the gods isn’t confined to just themselves. Cronus kills millions of innocent people in his attempts to break free of his island prison, which is much more realistic than keeping the battles confined to places and events that humanity knows nothing about. This book includes cataclysmic fights, and there’s no way that normal people could avoid noticing or being caught up in the backlash. The links to Greek mythology continued to play a part in the story, and since I love Greek myths, I found those aspects to be the most enjoyable.
I’ve seen other reviewers describe this novel as uneven, and that’s a very apt way to phrase it. There’s good action and the plot moves along well, but a weak main character drags the book down. The Goddess Inheritance isn’t a bad book, but I really think it could have been much better.
Also by this author: Goddess Interrupted
This review appeared on Owlcat Mountain on March 7, 2013.
Series: Goddess Test
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 304
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Acquired: Provided by the publisher as an e-ARC through NetGalley
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