Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 395
Series: The Goddess Test #2.5
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.
Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness .
Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal .
Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another .
James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others;but never knew true loss before .
Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope.
The Goddess Queen
The Lovestruck Goddess
Goddess of the Underworld
God of Thieves
God of Darkness
Sometimes a book comes along that the only way it can be described upon completion is perfection. The characters, the story, the world, everything clicks. As a reader you want to devour the book, consume it even until every last bit of it becomes part of you. The Goddess Legacy was such a book.
The story within the Goddess Legacy is so richly developed that it makes you forget that this is an interim book between Goddess Interrupted and Goddess Inheritance. I loved seeing more back story about each of the main Gods and Goddesses. Each story while heartbreaking offered redemption for each character in some way. Persephone, Hera, Hades, James, and Aphrodite became real on the pages. The struggles they went through monumental, each questioning their existence and what it means to be immortal.
My favorite story was Persephone's. Her character questions everything and she proposes one of the biggest questions of them all. Is loyalty and fidelity more important than love and acceptance? It was hard not calling Persephone selfish when reading the original stories in The Goddess Test series but seeing her story fleshed out more it is easy to understand her actions. Yes, she went about them the wrong way. She was not infallible, she was flawed, mostly though she was a teenager girl thrust into a marriage she wasn't ready for. Who knows what would've happened had Demeter and Zeus not selfishly pushed her on Hades.
I do not say this lightly but, the Goddess Legacy was one of the best books I have ever read. In fact, If Miss Aimee Carter chose to just write more stories following the Gods and Goddesses I would scoop them all up. While I loved the previous books in The Goddess Test series, The Goddess Legacy blows the other books out of the water. Stepping away from the character Kate was like a breath of fresh air. I never realized how much her self loathing tinged the series with a slight distaste until she wasn't involved in majority of the narrative (minus a brief mention in Hades story near the end). Hopefully the sheer perfection of The Goddess Legacy doesn't sully the final book in the series when I go to read it.
In the end, I am highly recommending you pick The Goddess Legacy up and give it a go. I believe this book can be read as a stand alone, should you choose to skip the other books in the series (by all means don't just saying). As long as you at least have some basic knowledge about Greek Mythology I believe The Goddess Legacy will be easy to follow. I will be rating The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter ★★★★★ for brilliant narrative, perfect pacing, and a world that keeps me coming back for more.
*I reviewed this book through Netgalley. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for providing them.
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