Thursday, 27 December 2012

The Goddess Inheritance

The Goddess Inheritance is the final book in the Goddess Chronicles and therefore this review will contain spoilers for the previous books; The Goddess Test, The Goddess Hunt, Goddess Interrupted and The Goddess Legacy.

Nine months have passed since Kate was taken hostage by Cronus, King of the Titans, with Calliope by his side. Pregnant with Henry’s child and with Calliope desperate to take it from her, Kate is given a terrible choice. Rule aside Cronus and keep her child or watch him go to war and destroy all of mankind.

After the cliffhanger ending of Goddess Interrupted, I was eager to pick up Kate’s story again. I have thoroughly enjoyed the other books in this series however the final instalment left me a little flat. It is always good to return to characters I have grown to love (and hate) and to have resolution to a series so I still enjoyed it in some ways but it didn’t live up to my expectations.

Calliope’s jealousy and need for vengeance has been done to death. Yes, she is single-minded but the repetitiveness of her speech and actions starts to deaden the effect. I was hoping for more character development in Cronus, who showed potential to be a complicated characters but ends up just being painted as a typical villain again instead of the tragic figure occasionally hinted at.

Kate’s two-ing and thro-ing becomes a bit repetitive too and in the absence of a strong plot, I struggled to really get into the story. On one hand she’s irresponsible and fairly selfish and at other times she’s lamenting how she’s shut out and of course she can save the world. I guess there was a little of this in the first book but I put it down as typical teenager behaviour. However, she’s now a goddess and a mother and should be growing up a bit.

I am sad to see the end of this series though. I liked the world and a lot of the lesser characters; perhaps why I loved The Goddess Legacy so much. If you’ve been enjoying the series so far, The Goddess Inheritance is still worth reading but not the amazing end I was hoping for.

The Goddess Inheritance is due to be published by Harlequin Teen on 19th February 2013 in the US with the UK edition following shortly from MIRA Ink. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review via NetGalley.

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