In this first installment of the Goddess Wars, the immortal Greek gods are dying. Their civilization is long gone, and they are all being cursed. Hermes has an illness that is slowly eating away his body from the inside. He’s practically skin and bones. And his sister, the once mighty battle goddess Athena, is not so impressive now. She’s dying from owl quills molting out of her organs. In the present day, they are searching for the goddess Demeter to find out about their afflictions. Demeter, suffering from her own problems, reveals they need Cassandra of Troy, whom Athena once called an enemy. But Athena and Hermes aren’t the only ones searching for Cassandra. Hera, Poseidon, and Aphrodite have banded together to use and destroy anything in their path towards life, mortal or immortal. As for Cassandra herself, she is a happy girl living in New York who happens to be able to correctly predict a few things like coin tosses and such. She has a best friend, Andie, a good brother, Henry, and her boyfriend, Aidan and is popular at her high school for her coincidental prediction skills. Then Cassandra begins receiving visions more frequently which, unbeknownst to her, concern the devastation surrounding Athena and Hermes who are searching to win her to their side. Cassandra is torn between wanting to live her regular life and fighting against destruction – a choice embracing almost certain death. When she is finally discovered, her once paltry tricks have transformed into a great unknown power that means man finally gets to meddle in the affairs of the gods.
From the author that brought us the amazing series of Anna Dressed in Blood, this modern imagining of the Greek gods is akin but not alike to Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. There’s definitely less humor and romance and more graphic scenes than Riordan’s bestselling books, but neither does it bring us the immediate wow-factor of Anna Dressed in Blood either. I found it a so-so read. I’m going to reserve full judgment until I read the next in the series. I thought it would have had better value if the immortals had more of their historical memories described, maybe in flashbacks, rather than simply alluded to. As it is, the plot seems very scattered and it’s hard to fully relate to the characters. Still, the premise itself is interesting, especially since Cassandra of Troy is not as popular in retellings as is the love story of Paris and Helen or the fight between Achilles and Hector, as seen in Troy. (Hector, Paris, and Cassandra are all children of Priam, king of Troy.)