Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Goddess Test #2
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans. As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person whom she would really rather not meet. Henry's first wife, Persephone.
*Galley provided by publisher for honest review*
After reading this novel right after finishing The Goddess Test it was a smooth transition into the novel, remembering the names of the characters, which god and goddess was who, and just the overall gist that summed up the basis of the first. But for a reader who had waited a year to begin this story the recapping of which god and goddess was who could have made things much easier in terms of matching up who is who rather than just regarding Ava as Aphrodite and Henry as Hades. Some gods for me were difficult to remember like Calliope was Hera or Philip was Poseidon, or Nicholas was Hatsheput. Moving the "Guide to the Gods" list in the novel more towards the front would have helped the reader before starting to help distinguish who was who.
-- "WHAT IF IMMORTALITY ISN'T FOREVER?" --
The story line for the story takes place after the Kate's tests and the summer in Greece (the novella The Goddess Hunt) we find Kate still distraught with the absence of love between her and Henry in their marriage and the overwhelming shadow that Persephone cast over her. The struggle of their relationship takes a shine more and more while reading until I wanted Kate to make a decision on the matter rather than just whine and moan about it, or even do something about it, thankfully she does more towards the middle half of the novel. But when you have the Titan of all Titans, Cronus, dangerously close to breaking free and Calliope's vendetta against Kate swiftly increasing like an exponential graph, the lack of emotions and love reverberated from Henry and the thought of being cast off in Persephone's shadow seemed to be more of a big deal to Kate during the novel and, with my thoughts growing rigid, I kept wondering WHY?
The Goddess Inheritance give off at a slow pace. I found the beginning very dreary especially with the whining from Kate about her relationship and with everyone trying to prove her emotions wrong, the Henry does love her. It was back and forth with that up until the middle portion of the book where emotions clash and the plot deepens and becomes so much more interesting. The growth of Kate from the end of the first novel drops from the beginning of the second and finally started to climb the staircase once more near the halfway point. But the intensity of the final half of the novel made he enjoy the story once more, especially when Kate finally finds and resolution and the cliffhanger! I am highly anticipating the third book!
First Line: Calliope trudged through the sunny field as she ignored the babble of the redhead trailing behind her.