Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review: Ungodly

Ungodly (Goddess War, #3)Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Goddess War, #3
Released: September 22nd 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
Length: 368 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

As ancient immortals are left reeling, a modern Athena and Hermes search the world for answers in the final Goddess War novel by the acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood
For the Goddess of Wisdom, what Athena didn’t know could fill a book. That’s what Ares said.
So she was wrong about some things. So the assault on Olympus left them beaten and scattered and possibly dead. So they have to fight the Fates themselves, who, it turns out, are the source of the gods’ illness. And sure, Athena is stuck in the underworld, holding the body of the only hero she has ever loved.
But Hermes is still topside, trying to power up Andie and Henry before he runs out of time and dies, or the Fates arrive to eat their faces.
And Cassandra is up there somewhere too. On a quest for death. With the god of death.
Just because things haven’t gone exactly according to plan, it doesn't mean they’ve lost. They’ve only mostly lost. And there’s a big difference. 

Those of us who’ve been waiting for Ungodly with bated breath knew right from the start that this would not be a lighthearted conclusion. Greek gods come and do as they please and they tend to leave nothing but blood in their wake. So when you put those gods in the hands of someone like Kendare Blake, an author known for her talent in writing blood and gore, a bloody battle is pretty much what you’re going to get.

Our heroes, separated in battle, find themselves in three different places, fighting different fights. Hermes, Andy and Henry don’t know whether Athena and Cassandra survived. Athena herself is in Underworld, half crazed by Odysseus’s death. And Cassandra is just a ball of murderous rage, ready to kill all the gods, friends and foes alike. They each have their own adventures and trials, and it’s not until the second half that they collide.

Like in the two previous installments, I found Athena to be the most interesting character by far. This time she faces tremendous loss, more than she can bear, and she approaches it like she approaches everything, with no regard for her own safety. Her adventure in the Underworld is my favorite part of this book and her romance with a certain not-quite-mortal the thing that warmed my heart the most. A few more complex characters were added in this final installment, and several unlikely allies showed us a different side.

Characterization isn’t the only thing that Kendare Blake does extraordinarily well. Her descriptions are beautiful and precise and she doesn’t shy away from anything, no matter how bloody or painful it may be. With one goddess coughing up feathers, another’s skin stretched out for miles in the desert, and an emaciated god who keeps eating enormous amounts of food to no avail, there’s plenty of imagery to keep us occupied and grossed out.

The most important part of this trilogy and especially its final installment is the deep emotional impact it has on the reader. Kendare doesn’t always make it easy to sympathize with the gods, but she gives us just enough to become invested in their fates. The conflicting emotions we feel for them, our struggle between love and hate, is reflected perfectly in the characters of those few humans around them.

Now that it’s over, I’m going to miss the Antigoddess trilogy very much, but I am even now excited for Kendare Blake’s next project. She has the most amazing ideas and she truly knows how to carry them out. You really can’t go wrong by choosing one of her books.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. I haven't heard of this series. It sounds good though.

  2. It sounds like a nice last book there! I haven't tried the series I confess but I remember earing great things about the first one. One day I'll have to try it too!

  3. I'm reading this one right now (had to give it up to get ready to go for lunch to my parents') and I'm beyond grateful for your reassuring and completely spoiler free review, Maja!
    I like Athena the most, but a certain new god we meet is also quite fascinating!

  4. I still need to read this series Maja! I so enjoyed her Anna Dressed in Blood books, and given my love for all things Greek mythology, I have little doubt I'm going to love this series as well. So glad this was a winning final installment for you!

  5. Now that the last book is out, I'm excited to binge-read this series. It sounds absolutely fantastic, Maja and I love that it's bloody and gory, but still has an intense emotional impact on readers. I can't wait to read it.
    Wonderful review!

  6. Missed this one completely :\ Sounds like a good one too... I think I read her before - don't know how I missed this one. Lovely review, Maja. Hugs :)

  7. I need to read the second book and head into this one. I remember liking the first book, even though it didn't quite measure up to Anna. Still Blake is a fantastic writer, and I can't wait to see what she does next.

  8. So glad this was a wonderful ending to the series! I think I have book one and maybe even the second. I should really pick them up, mythology is so my thing!

  9. What's up with the creepy staring?

  10. The last book already!? I haven't started the first. I do enjoy her other series so I really need to pick this one up. The ending sounds fabulous and that is a good thing since I tend to be more critical of ending books.

  11. always sad when our favorites come to a close but always awesome when they end so great

  12. SO MUCH YES. I adore Kendare Blake and this series didn't let me down at all. I think this last installment might have been my favorite. I'm with you, I can't wait for the next book she releases. So, so happy you enjoyed this series too.

  13. I haven't read my copy of the first book, but I'm worried about the ending of this one. You know me and my HEA. Lol.

  14. I haven't read this series yet as I've felt burnt out on the whole Greek mythology theme. But I'll have to remember it in the future.

  15. I've been waiting for this series to release in its entirety before diving into it and I can't wait to pick it up, now. Your endorsement means a lot and I love Greek mythology so I'm eagerly anticipating Blake's spin on it. Thanks for such a lovely review, Maja! :)

  16. I wasn't in love with Antigodess so I kind of lost track of this series but I did like Athena.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  17. I'm so looking forward to seeing how this trilogy ends, particularly with regards to Athena, my favourite Greek goddess :)

  18. Ooooh. How have I missed this series? I don't see much from Tor Teen. But this one does sounds very, very good. :)

  19. I have had Antigoddess on my TBR for ages. Maybe now that the entire trilogy is out I'll read them all back to back. :) Glad to see you enjoyed how it all wrapped up.


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