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From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love, and redemption.Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals. They are hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory after her family was murdered by a rival line. For years she's pushed away any thought of revenge against the man—now a god—responsible for their deaths.Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek her out: Castor, a childhood friend Lore believed to be dead, and Athena, one of the last of the original gods, now gravely wounded.The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and a way to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore's decision to rejoin the hunt, binding her fate to Athena's, will come at a deadly cost—and it may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.
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"Every seven years, the Agon begins. During the Agon, nine Greek gods are made to walk the earth as mortals as a punishment for their last rebellion. These gods are hunted down by descendants of ancient bloodlines. If they kill the god, they get their power and their immortality. They get to become the new gods. In the last Agon, Lore Perseous left that brutal world behind. She left the possibility for eternal glory after her family was brutally murdered. For these past 7 years, Lore has pushed her need for revenge deep down as the person who once killed her family is now one of the new gods. The next hunt is beginning and two participants seek Lore out: Castor, a friend from her childhood that she thought to be dead, and Athena, one of the last original gods and she seems to be very wounded. The goddess, Athena, offers Lore a partnership against an enemy they both despise and a way that they can leave the hunt forever. Lores decision to both join the hunt and join the goddess will come at a deadly cost and it may not be enough to keep from destroying humanity. This book had a better middle and end than beginning. Although the storyline and storytelling was great, it was a lot to follow. There exists the names of the “old gods”, the “new gods”, and the names of each bloodline. It does get hard to follow as it puts alot of different people into the story and I found myself saying “who is that again?” The book uses the characters actual names and their god titles interchangeably so this was the hardest part about the book. Once you get past that, the characters have substance and growth. The setting is New York and is pretty unimaginative or unchanged in that matter. The book did have some twists and turns at the end that I didn’t necessarily see coming and it was interesting to see it unravel. This book does include a decent amount of Greek mythology just thrown in there so it definitely was cool hearing the stories and even the twists they put on the stories to fit the narrative. I enjoyed the idea of them fighting for honor because they descended from hero’s of Greek mythology like Jason, Herakles, Odysseus, Perseus, etc. so it gave their descendants a background story. Although I didn’t fully understand why the Greek gods were being punished, or how deep the rebellion was, it was a great story with Greek background that still displayed an entirely different story. "
"I haven't been doing a lot of reviews lately, but this one deserves a review. the storyline was a little wonk, but if your someone that really loves character depth, this book is amazing! The character backstories are, wow, completely justifies almost all the actions made by the characters and it all makes sense. The depth is there, you can really catch on to the feeling. And the plot twist is truly something else. That being said I need to just add, the ending was perfect. I've read a lot of books where the ending is a little iffy but it works perfectly. It doesn't end on any kind of cliffhanger that some standalone books end with and it doesn't make you feel betrayed, it's simple and easy to accept"
"This book blew me away. It was epic, and it was also a damn good epic. This blend of modern world and ancient Greece is woven so well, and the whole premise that families of ancient Greek heroes are trained for years and are fighting gods to become gods is such a cool and original idea. Great world and lore building, and great character design and development. Not a single second of this disappointed me."