Thursday, July 19, 2012
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
KATE WINTERS HAS WON IMMORTALITY.
BUT IF SHE WANTS A LIFE WITH HENRY IN THE UNDERWORLD, SHE'LL HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT.
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 who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry's first wife, Persephone.(courtesy of Goodreads)
Goddess Interrupted explores the world of Greek mythology more deeply than its predecessor Goddess Test. Kate is thoroughly immersed in the Underworld, but she's still a beginner and has no idea what she should be doing. It doesn't help that the gods' world is rapidly changing or perhaps imploding.
I don't quite get Kate. She is such a contradiction. She is self-conscious about her role as Queen of the Underworld, an immortal, and Henry's wife. All this is understandable given that everything is foreign to her. Yet she can also be impulsive, hard-headed, and temperamental. She is hesitant to act, but once she makes up her mind, she acts almost too quickly and without thought to the consequences. She remains extremely giving and self-sacrificing, the chief quality that stood out to me in Goddess Test. She will instinctively give her life for someone she cares about.
Henry is even more of an enigma. As is typical with second books, he was absent much of the book. Either physically or emotionally absent. By the end of the book, I understood why he was acting this way, but it was still very frustrating to see this awesome guy I loved in Goddess Test turn into a dried up fish. Part of the problem is that Henry always has his ex-wife Persephone on his mind. Luckily, Goddess Interrupted handles this. The book hints at a love triangle or a love rectangle, but really is neither. More like a love misunderstanding. Kate never sees James as a competitor for Henry, but does Henry realize that? Kate worries that Henry will never get over Persephone - does he?
The plot becomes dangerous quickly as Calliope releases a danger that could threaten them all - Cronos, the king of the Titans. Nothing like a woman scorned... Calliope is a truly intimidating villain. She would seem cardboard if not for the fact that you can tell how much she loves Henry. All the gods have to fight for their lives - by running, fighting, and bringing in reinforcements. A reinforcement named Persephone. I loved getting to know Persephone better. Her presence, in ways good and bad, allows Kate to grow into herself.
Goddess Interrupted is chock full of action scenes. I did think the plot was a little slow, but mostly that's because my favorite part of the series is Henry and Kate's relationship. I'm not as interested in the mythology/plot aspect, which this book is heavy on. I think the next book in the series will have a better mix of Henry/Kate and plot. That said, I did enjoy getting to know each of the main gods more and seeing how their personalities were in line with their mythological versions.
If you enjoy mythology, you should definitely pick up the Goddess Test series. Goddess Interrupted is a solid second book in the series and I look forward to seeing where the next book takes us.