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Love or life. Henry or their child. The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.
During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop ...
Love or life. Henry or their child. The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.
During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her—until Cronus offers a deal.
In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.
With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.
Even if it costs her eternity.
I bolted upright in the darkness. My forehead was damp with sweat as the dream faded, but his scream enveloped me, imprinting itself on my memory.
Another vision, one of dozens I'd had since leaving the Underworld an eternity ago. This time, however, I wasn't watching Henry go about his life as ruler of the dead as he waited for me to return. I wasn't standing by helplessly as Ava gave Henry false updates about where in Africa we were supposedly searching for Rhea.
Finally Henry knew what had really happened, and in the minutes before dawn broke through the night, I clung to the hope that it wasn't too late.
"A nightmare, my dear?"
I shivered, and the candles scattered throughout my prison lit up. Cronus sat beside my bed, in the same chair he'd occupied every night since late December, when I'd woken up with a pounding headache and memories I wished were nightmares.
This wasn't a nightmare, though. Cronus was here, working side by side with the Queen of the Gods, who would stop at nothing to hurt me as much as she possibly could.
The baby stirred inside me, undoubtedly unhappy about its rude awakening. I didn't dare speculate over whether it was a boy or a girl. If Calliope had her way, I might never know, and that heartache was already more than I could take. I set a hand on my swollen belly, so big that the simplest movements were difficult now, and mentally tried to soothe it. "You didn't hear that?" I said hoarsely.
"My son? Of course," said Cronus, reaching for my stomach. I slapped his hand away, and he chuckled. "It seems the games are about to begin."
"What games?" I knew the answer before I'd asked the question, though. My dream, my vision—it was the autumnal equinox, and finally Henry knew I was missing.
A sharp pain shot from my back to my abdomen, and I gasped. Cronus was at my side in an instant, exactly the way Henry would've been if he were here. I turned away.
"Calliope has decided it will happen today," he murmured, and his voice would have been comforting if it hadn't come from him.
"Decided what would happen today?" I struggled to stand and make it to the bathroom, but my legs gave out. Cronus's cool hands were there to steady me, but as soon as I was back on the bed, I jerked away from him.
"That your child would be born."
All the air left my lungs, and this time it had nothing to do with physical pain. He was bluffing. They were trying to scare me into labor before Henry rescued me, or—or something.
But as I leaned back, my hand found a wet spot on the mattress, and my damp nightgown clung to the back of my thighs. My water had broken sometime in the night. It was really happening.
Nine months of waiting. Nine months of fear. Nine months of time being the only thing standing between Calliope and the baby I was carrying, and now it was over.
I wasn't ready to be a mother. Never in a million years had I imagined having kids before I turned thirty, let alone twenty. But Calliope hadn't given me a choice, and with each day that passed, the sick dread inside me grew thicker until it nearly choked me. Calliope would take the baby from me, and there was nothing I could do about it. In a matter of hours, I would lose my child—Henry's child—to someone who wanted nothing more than to see me suffer.
But now he knew. Now there was a chance, if only I could hold on a little longer until Henry came.
Cronus must have seen the look on my face, because he chuckled and fluffed a pillow for me. "Do not worry, my dear. Calliope cannot kill you unless I allow her, and I assure you I would never hurt you."
It wasn't me I was worried about. "You're not going to hurt me, but you're going to let Calliope do it," I spat. "You're going to let her take the baby the moment it's born, and I'm never going to see it again."
Cronus stared at me blankly. These were the moments I remembered that in spite of his human form, he was anything but. He didn't understand why I loved the baby so much. Or, when I'd given Calliope too much attitude and she'd hit me in the mouth, why I'd instinctively covered my belly. He didn't get how badly the thought of being separated from the baby hurt me before I'd even met him or her.
Then again, Cronus was also the monster who'd tried to destroy his own children, so I suspected empathy was too much to hope for.
"If you would like to keep the child, all you need to do is say the word," he said, as if it were that simple. Maybe to him it was. "I will ensure that Calliope does not get in the way. In return, all I ask is that you rule by my side."
It wasn't the first time he'd made that offer, and it wasn't the first time that, for a single moment, I entertained the possibility. As the baby's birth loomed, saying no grew more and more difficult.
Cronus had made no secret of the fact that he wanted me as his queen while he ruled over the entire world, destroying everyone who dared to get in his way. I had no idea why—the small bit of compassion I'd shown him in the Underworld, maybe, or because I hadn't fought him in the first war—but it didn't matter. I would be safe from the destruction, and so would the baby. Henry, however, would be the first person Cronus ripped apart, and the entire world would follow.
As much as I loved this baby, as much as I would have done anything to keep it safe, I couldn't stand by Cronus's side as he wiped out humanity. I couldn't do nothing as he killed every last person I loved, and if I agreed, he would keep me alive until the end of all things. I wouldn't have the choice to die like Persephone had, and I couldn't live with that guilt no matter how happy and safe my baby was.
But time was running out. The game had changed now that the council knew I was gone, and if I could keep Cronus guessing long enough not to hurt anyone, then maybe that would give the council a chance to find Rhea. So I lied.
"Promise not to kill anyone, and I'll think about it."
He grinned, showing off a full set of pearly teeth. Cronus had the smile of an airbrushed movie star, and it only made him more unnerving. "Is that so? Very well. Agree and I will leave humanity alone. My quarrels are not with them, and one must have subjects when one rules."
"I said anyone," I countered. "Not just humanity. You can't kill the council either."
Cronus eyed me, and I held my breath, hoping against hope I was worth this to him. I had to buy the council more time. "Surely you understand why my children must be contained, but I would be willing to consider it, depending on the nature of our relationship. On how much you are willing to give." He ran his fingers through my hair, and I suppressed a shudder. "You and I, together for all eternity. Imagine, my dear, the beauty we would create. And of course your child will know your love, and you will never have to say goodbye."
I closed my eyes and pictured the moment I finally got to hold him or her. The baby would have dark hair, I was sure of it, and light eyes like me and Henry. Pink cheeks, ten fingers, ten toes, and I would love it instantly. I already did.
"You would be a mother," he murmured, his voice like a siren's call. "Forever there to love it, to nurture it, to raise it in your image. And I would be a father."
The spell he had over me shattered, and my eyes flew open. "You are not this baby's father," I said as another wave of pain washed over me. This was too fast. Contractions were supposed to come on slow and last for hours—my mother had been in labor for over a day when I was born.
Cronus leaned in until his lips were an inch from mine. I wrinkled my nose even though his breath smelled like a cool autumn breeze. "No, I am not. I am so much more."
The door burst open, and Calliope stormed inside. She had aged progressively over the past nine months until the angles on her face had become sharper, and she'd grown several inches to tower over me. As Cronus looked like Henry, with his long dark hair and gray eyes that crackled with lightning and fog, Calliope now looked like my mother. Like an older blond version of me. And I hated her even more for it.
"What's going on?" she said, and I managed a faint smirk. Apparently she'd overheard something she didn't like.
"Nothing for you to worry yourself about," said Cronus as he straightened, though his eyes didn't leave mine.
"Cronus was making me an interesting offer," I said, sounding braver than I felt. "Turns out he isn't going to feed me to the fish like you want."
Her lips twisted into a snarl, but before she could say a word, Ava hurried past her carrying a large basket full of blankets and other things I couldn't make out in the candlelight. "I'm sorry," she said, her face flushed.
"It's about time," snapped Calliope, and she focused on me again. "I'd be careful if I were you, Kate. I have a new toy, and I've been itching to try it out on you."
"What new toy?" I said through gritted teeth.
Calliope glided to the side of my bed. "Haven't I told you? Nicholas generously donated his time and expertise to forge a weapon that will let me kill a god. His timing couldn't be better."
My blood ran cold. Nicholas, Ava's husband, had been kidnapped on the winter solstice during battle. Up until now, no one had said a word to me about him.
"That's impossible," I blurted. Nothing but Cronus could kill an immortal.
"Is it?" said Calliope with a wicked smile. "Are you willing to bet your sweet little darling's life on that?"
My heart dropped. She was going to kill my baby? "Ava?" I said, my tongue heavy in my mouth.
Biting her lip, Ava set her basket down at the foot of the bed. "I'm sorry."
The room spun around me. This was just another game. Calliope was trying to scare me by using the people I loved most against me, and this time my supposed best friend was playing along.
What if it wasn't a game, though? Calliope had sworn she would take away the thing I loved the most, and at the time I thought she'd meant Henry and the rest of my family. But she'd meant the baby. She was about to get everything she wanted from me—there was no reason for her to lie. And the way Ava couldn't so much as look at me
My throat swelled until I could barely breathe. "Get out."
Ava blinked. "But someone needs to be with you—"
"I'd rather have Calliope here than you, you traitorous bitch," I spat. "Get out."
Her eyes watered, and to my satisfaction, she fled, leaving me alone with Cronus and Calliope. Ava deserved this. She'd known what this would mean, that Calliope had every intention of slaughtering my baby. And if Calliope really had forced Nicholas to forge a weapon—if Ava had distracted the council for the past nine months to give him enough time—
I didn't care how much danger Nicholas was in. He was Calliope's son, and no matter how terrible a person she was, I couldn't imagine her killing her own child. But she was going to kill my baby without a second thought, and Ava had known the entire time.
Even if our positions had been reversed, even if Henry was the one Calliope held hostage, I would have never, ever done this to Ava. I would have never betrayed her and allowed Calliope to kill her child.
"That wasn't very nice," said Calliope in a singsong voice, and my stomach churned. She couldn't kill the baby. I wouldn't let her.
"I need to pee," I said, pushing myself up.
Calliope made a vague gesture and busied herself with unpacking the basket. Cronus offered me his hand, but I brushed it off.
"I think I can make it to the bathroom on my own," I said.
Crossing the room hadn't been easy since August, and my body strained with each step I took, but I made it. My prison wasn't exactly plush, although it wasn't a concrete cell with a thin mattress and grungy toilet either. It was a simple bedroom with a bathroom attached, and it was several stories up, making a window escape impossible. I might've been immortal, but I didn't have a clue whether or not the baby was. And if Calliope really did have a weapon that could kill a god, it didn't matter anyway.
I'd tried to get away several times when I'd still been mobile enough to have a chance, but between Cronus, Calliope and Ava, someone had always been there to stop me. I'd made it as far as the beach once, but I couldn't swim and they knew it. The council may have intended this island to be Cronus's prison, but it was mine now, too.
Closing the door behind me, I eased down onto the edge of the bathtub and cradled my head in my hands. Frustration rose inside me, threatening to spill out in a great sob, but I swallowed it. I needed a moment, and crying would only make Calliope come in after me.
"Henry." I squeezed my eyes shut and tried to picture him. "Please. Help us."
At last I sank into my vision. After nearly a year in this hellhole, I'd learned how to control them, but I still struggled to make it far enough to see him. Three golden walls formed around me, and the fourth became a long pane of windows much like the room in Henry's palace. But instead of black rock, I saw endless blue sky through the glass, and sunlight poured in, illuminating everything.
"You did this." The sound of Henry's voice caught my attention, and I turned. He had Walter by the lapels, and his eyes burned with anger and power I'd never seen before.
"It had to be done," said Walter unsteadily. Even he looked afraid. "We need you, brother, and if this is what it takes to get you to see that—"
Henry threw Walter against the wall so hard that it fractured, leaving a web of cracks behind. "I will see you pay for this if it is the last thing I do," he growled.
"Enough." My mother's voice rang out, and both brothers turned toward her. She looked pale, and she folded her hands in front of her the way she did when she was trying to keep herself under control. "We will rescue Kate. There is still time, and the more we waste—"
"We cannot risk our efforts for the life of one," said Walter.
"Then I will," snarled Henry.
Walter shook his head. "It is far too dangerous for you to go alone."
"He won't be alone," said my mother. "And if you value your hold over the council—"
The muscles in my back and belly contracted, and the pain pulled me from my vision. Back in the bathroom, I let out a soft sob. My mother was wrong—we were out of time. The baby was coming no matter how hard I tried to wait. Calliope would kill it, and there was no one here to stop her. Whether or not anyone came, there was no way out of this. Even if Henry and my mother did attack the island, there was no guarantee they would break through Cronus's defenses, and by then it would be too late anyway.
Posted March 8, 2013
So Goddess Interrupted had definitely left my heart in a bind at the end, so I was excited to read this book. Although I felt like it was bittersweet, Aimee Carter has creatively incorporated Greek mythology into her books. I find myself not being able to read a Greek myth without thinking about the characters in The Goddess Test series. They have been implanted in my mind and they are now what I picture even when I read other books. I have really enjoyed reading this series and it’s one that I would probably continue to read if there were more added. There are so many areas that could still be explored with Henry and Kate and some of the other characters.
One of my absolute favorite things about this series and I think if I have said before is that these characters stay true to their natures. You are not going to see a bad guy suddenly have a heart of gold. These characters are who they are and their actions fit their nature. I see this in Cronus. He wants Kate to be his queen and companion but don’t let yourself think that his desire for him has made him soft. Cronus is still Cronus and it would only take any kind of betrayal from Kate to make him turn on her. He doesn’t LOVE her he WANTS her and there is a huge difference in that.
Kate is such a different character in this book, motherhood has truly matured her and there is no more of the whining that I started to get annoyed by in book 2. She is strong and clever and is finding herself as Queen of the Underworld and mother to her child. There was so much heartbreak and so many struggles for her in this book.
These books are very character based and so many different ones have important roles. We learn more about Aphrodite and her betrayal. If you haven’t already read the Goddess Legacy it gives us a chance to see her in a little different light. Henry is as always probably the strongest of the Gods, yet he is the least combative. He is the game changer for the battle and we see his importance but also his love for Kate and the baby. There are so many interesting twists and turns that really affect Henry so we get to see the usually emotionally guarded God, react. I’m pretty sure there is nothing that Calliope could ever do that would not make me want to punch her face. I can just not find any empathy for her character. Also if you were afraid that you would miss Persephone don’t fret, she makes a fiery reappearance. We also get to see Henry’s former wife competitors again. I felt like it was a nice touch for the end of the series.
This book wrapped up the series well. As someone who has kids of my own there were definite moments that pulled at my heart strings with the baby. I think this book really made the characters shine and show who they really are. If you are fan of mythology I would definitely recommend this series to you.
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Posted January 6, 2013
Posted February 28, 2013
I think this book gave me three new wrinkles in my forehead. Seriously. On the one hand, Kate was a lot less whiny and oh-my-goodness-I-don't-think-Henry-loves-me-after-all than in the last book (which gave me serious Harry Potter #5 flashbacks), but can you say over the top martyr complex? It was unreal, and I just couldn't understand why she was doing half the things she did. She lied. She said horrible things about--and to--people. She turned on her former friends. She planned to spend eternity with a monster to "save" her husband, baby, and oh, yes, the world. Just about every decision she made called for her to sacrifice herself, and at least half of them also totally went against someone else's plans. (Not that she knew these plans, but still. She decided each and every time that she and only she knew what to do and gosh darn it, she was gonna do it no matter what!) She finally pulled things together at the end and made some moderately good choices, but it almost felt like too little, too late by that point.
Am I sorry I read it? No--after the cliffhanger at the end of #2, I had to finish the series. I did want to see how everything ended up. And it is a happy ending--mostly. Parts of the book (and series) still bother me--not the least of which is an eighteen-year-old who has already been forced into marriage (which I was actually mostly okay with--retelling of Persephone and all that, goodness knows way worse things happen in those Greek myths) being tricked into getting pregnant and giving birth while imprisoned all in order to further an evil villain's plans. She's eighteen.
Parts of this book were messy, parts were pretty darn convoluted, and a lot of it felt uneven. I frequently felt like I was suffering from some weird sort of mental whiplash--wait, what just happened? Why? How? Characters die. Cities are destroyed. At least one evil character is really, really evil with no redeeming qualities at all.
Through it all, James is still awesome, though. I would totally sign up to see him in his own book with his own HEA far, far removed from Kate and Henry. He definitely deserves it.
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Posted February 26, 2013
I cried so many times while reading this......... so much emotion! But still this book is a great book and i would reccomend it to anyone who loves greek mythology. Great book five stars!
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Posted April 21, 2013
This is a really good book. It's filled with love, romance, betrayal, fight for those you care about & courage. (Thank goodness Kate has grown up since the last book.) After becoming a mother & fufilling her duty as being a queen & wife of Henry, she has became SO much more mature. This a great book, & is a most definetely must read. I have to admit that I am sad that the story is ended, but @ the end of the book says & I quote: "this is the end of the goddess test series; for now." Don't forget to read all the other books too! ;)
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Posted March 18, 2013
Posted February 26, 2013
It's time to say good-bye to the awesome Goddess Test series. The Goddess Inheritance is the grand finale. I’d like to give a huge thank you to author Aimee Carter for being just a talent gifted writer and giving readers like me laughter, tears, anger, and a beautiful romance. For the past few years, I’ve loved these wonderful characters and their awesome story. Kate, a strong heroine who will never give in or give up. Henry, who’s a jerk that turns out to be not such a jerk by the end of each book, and I do so love him, and always forgive him. James, who I absolutely adore for being a ladies man, and for pissing Henry off when it comes to Kate. And sissy, fun loving Ava. I’ve enjoyed their amazing story and will miss them.
I love the promise Kate made to James in this last book. And after what Henry put Kate through in this series, especially in the second novel Goddess Interrupted, I love the promise she made to James. I, for one, would tell Kate, You go girl! You have my blessing, go have fun and keep that promise to James, because even in this last book Henry didn't fail to anger me, even when I knew he was doing what he had to do to protect his family. He just has that way of hurting Kate. So yes, Kate, keep that promise to James!
This time around, Kate has to fight for someone she loves more than her own life, and it's not Henry. This is the final battle for Kate in her war against Calliope, and even though Henry stands by her side with his love and commitment to her, Henry still manages to hurt Kate, but I also agree with Kate’s decision to overlook what Henry had to do to protect their family first.
I love the Goddess Test series, and if you haven't read this amazing story of the Greek gods and goddesses than I highly recommend you do. And Aimee Carter, if you ever decide to write a novella about that promise that Kate made to James, I'm all for it! *winks*
My Favorite Quotes!
“I love you so much,” I whispered, closing the distance between us and wrapping myself around him. “No matter what happens, no matter how this war turns out—I love you, forever and always.”
I tilted my head upward to capture his lips, kissing him with every ounce of passion and frustration and guilt inside of me. He had to understand. “I love you, and I will always be yours.”
“I don’t think it counts as an affair if the thought of Cronus makes me sick to my stomach.”
“So there’s still hope for me after all.”
I half laughed, half sobbed. “You’re an ass.”
“Runs in the family.” He let me go. “Be safe, Kate.
James touched my shoulder, and I spun around to hug him. “If you die, I will be so pissed at you,” I whispered.
“I’ll do my best. If you wander into battle, I’m going to be so pissed at you,” said James. His arms were warm and solid around me, and he smelled vaguely like the forest.
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Posted March 3, 2014
Posted December 28, 2013
Posted December 25, 2013
I've had this book sitting on my Nook for quite some time, but held off on reading it because I just wasn't ready to say goodbye to Kate and Henry. Those two have been through the ringer from the beginning and they start this novel off in quite the predicament.
Kate and Henry are both still as self-sacrificing as ever, which drives me a little crazy. One of the biggest struggles this couple has is not working as a team. Both do things to try and protect the other, when really it just gets them into an even bigger mess. Which occurs a few different times in this novel!
After the last book, it is nice to see Henry so open with Kate. He doesn't try to hide his feelings for her and doesn't act as indifferent as he did at the beginning of the last book. Watching him with their baby (Milo) is just precious.
Henry and Kate are separated quite a bit in this book, but the moments they are together are really sweet. The couple faces a big challenge towards the end of the book, but we did see it get resolved. (Even though, I was kind of mad at Carter for doing what she did- Kate already has enough insecurities about her and Henry's relationship! Give them a break!)
James and Ava are back, as are the other gods, but those two play the biggest role. Things with Ava are strained, as it is because of her that Kate and her baby are imprisoned by Calliope. Kate does understand her predicament, but still feels the sting of betrayal from her best friend. James, is as unwavering as always. He's a great side character because he believes in Kate and definitely doesn't hold back on telling her when she needs to 'cowgirl up'.
One of the most interesting developments in this story has to be with Walter. I won't spoil anything, but you find out some things about him and Kate that are definitely interesting.
The tension between the Council is so great in this story. It's interesting to read about because it seems like the gods are always trying to better their agendas, no matter the cost to others. Subduing Cronus is their top priority, but Kate just wants her family to be together. I felt bad that no one seemed to give much heed to Kate's voice in the Council, that they saw her as weak and young. However, as the book progresses, we definitely see Kate begin to change and stand up and take charge.
Overall, I wasn't disappointed by the conclusion of the Goddess Test series, and I'm glad I finally finished it.
*Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing me with a copy for review. I received this book in return for an honest review.*
Posted October 3, 2013
Cronus is free, Kate is imprisoned and the Council seems to be unable to connect enough to calm the storm. Calliope has Cronus' ear and protection, for now, and she has nurtured a healthy dislike of Kate and seems to want her life with Henry. Kate cuts a deal with Cronus and manages to be freed after 9 months imprisonment. I struggled a bit getting through parts of the story--I kind of thought after all this time, Kate's headstrong, not always well thought out maneuvers would be vetoed by her mother or Henry. The war comes, various scenarios for victory are tried, and Kate finally has her family back together again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 24, 2013
Posted September 4, 2013
I loved it!!!! It was so good!!!! It was action-packed, romantic, mysterious with twist and turns!!! Everything it was perfect!! It was the perfect conclusion to the end of the series! I had so much fun with it! It was fun, it was funny, thrilling I just love the whole entire series it was the perfect mix of romance, action and with the Greek mythology and I'm going to miss it!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 14, 2013
I absoulutly LOVE this book . I was and STILL AM VERY SAD AND MAD THAT THIS SERIES IS ONLY A TRILOGY ... but its a beautiful book it kinda relates closest to Percy Jackson but also is like beautiful creatures ... im absoultly on TEAM HENRY and i have always beeen .. James was kinda an ass in the 1st book .. this is a pointless review but heyy i love sharing my opinion :) hit like if you think Henry's desprition makes him sound really HOTT ;)))Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 5, 2013
In the third book of the Goddess Test series, Kate must try to prevent world-wide destruction from a war between the gods while keeping her husband and newborn son safe as well.
While I overall enjoyed the Goddess Test series, The Goddess Inheritance was easily my least favorite of the books, including the short stories. I enjoyed how the author took the myths we all know and made them her own. She was able to bring life and personality to the stories. This last book wrapped up the series well; however, what I did not like about this book was Kate herself. In the first two books she was pretty fabulous – not all knowing and all powerful – but she got the job done. In this third book her attitude was more annoying than anything. Almost all of her inner dialogue circled around the fact that the whole world was depending on her shoulders. Every thought she had and every action she took was based on the fact that everything is her fault, no one else is to blame, and only she can save the world. It got old quickly.
That being said, I am glad I picked up this series, as it was entertaining and overall enjoyable.
Posted August 4, 2013
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15
Kate Winters is stuck in the middle of mythological warfare. Cronus, the king of all titans, has kept pregnant Kate locked up for 9 months using the fate of her unborn child to urge her to reign by his side or face the wrath of Calliope, and watch idly as Cronus tears the world apart. With the council having already collected all the needed signatures from the world’s demigods and gods, they are ready to sign over leadership to Cronus in exchange for their fate. But they are all just fooling themselves. Will Henry come to the rescue? Will Kate find her child and keep it safe? Will the world be saved?
“We’re all a little crazy, when you think about it”
had read the book. Carter does such an impressive job writing a mythological book that has its own unique storyline away from the mainstream Gods and Goddesses typically chosen. Kate seems to be such a strong and determined character, while I did feel she spent a lot of time crying but maybe that is a mom thing. I wish that there had been more about Ava in this book as I grew immediately fond of her early on in the book. I could identify with her so easily. Overall, this book was energizing, heart wrenching, and action packed. If you are into mythology like me, you will definitely want to pick this one up.
*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
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Posted July 12, 2013
I wasn’t expecting to cry as much as I did in this book. There were so many emotional things that happen. I also know that a lot of my reaction to some of the circumstances could be because I have children.
Kate drove me bonkers in this final book. I just don’t understand why she refuses to ask for help. I mean, of course, try to take care of things for yourself. But if you can’t, you’ve got a great group of people behind you one hundred percent. Henry is definitely my fave as usual. He’s such a strong character, and doesn’t take things lightly. He tries to figure out the best decisions to make in order to make sure nobody is hurt, especially Kate.
This novel boils down to family. They should be behind you one hundred percent. Trust is also a big issue. Who should Kate trust, and why isn’t she trusting this person. Why is this person being so cruel. It’s a big game of who do you believe. Everyone seems to have their own agenda.
The Goddess Inheritance is fast paced. There is always some part of a plot that is being revealed. This was a great finale to a great trilogy. It pulls on the heart strings, and forces you to take a stand.
Posted June 6, 2013
Posted May 23, 2013
The Godess Inheritance is the final conclusion to The Goddess Test series, a thrilling ride of a book, offering suspense and action from start to finish. Kate is captured by Kronos and Calliope and held captive until her child is born. Henry doesn’t know about the captivity and has no idea what’s going on, so Kate is left to fend for herself. The Titan gives her a deal, but it still means her mother and the other gods will die, so of course she can’t take it, but Kate has to do something to save her child.
Eventually she’s saved, but it comes at a high prize. Henry falls into a coma, unaware of what’s going on around him and that they need him. With Henry gone to protect her and the other gods slowly succumbing to Kronos’ threats, it’s up to Kate to save the day. She has to find the power within herself to go on, to keep on fighting, even if everyone else already has given up. For her child. For the world. But Kronos’ powers grow every day. Calliope’s vengeance seems almost a certainty with the Titan by her side.
Kate is still as whiny and emotional in book two, but at least she grows up every now and then and takes charge of the situation as well. I’m all for character growth, and it definitely worked here, because it made her a lot more appealing for me than the whiny teenage brat we get in the second book. There’s less Henry, and whenever there is a glimpse of him, he doesn’t act as distant as in the second book, another bonus. I thought the whole baby thing was rather silly as a cliffhanger at the end of book two, but it gave Kate opportunity and reason to grow up and start acting like an adult. The plot, again, wasn’t as strong though. We have Kronos trying to destroy the world and Calliope wanting her vengeance on Kate, so the villains definitely got their priorities set up, but the “good guys” seem to switch ideals rather often. First it’s all about protecting humanity, but these gods are quick to give up and only defend their own skin when things get a little worrisome.
As usually, I adored James. He’s everything Henry isn’t and would be a so much better match for Kate than the tormented lord of the underworld. When I read about Henry, he’s like this forty-something guy who’s already seen the best years of his life gone by during his first marriage. James is young and vibrant, and not scarred by previous experiences. But alas.
All in all, I liked this conclusion to the series, even liked it a lot better than Goddess Interrupted. The story is better, story progression has improved, character development is solid and there’s a lot more at stake.
Posted May 1, 2013