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Author: Alexandra Bracken
Paperback Pub. Date: January 3, 2023
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
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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Wow, I can’t actually remember when I last read a YA fantasy–it’s been ages. Such an amazing genre, but so darn intense, and OMG so time consuming! 😉
Lore has some really extensive world building, intense action scenes, and great characters. Lore’s love of her city *almost* makes me want to move there–OK, maybe I’ll just go for another a visit (but TBH I’m probably going to hang with Miles because at least he’ll let me do the touristy stuff)–but goodness she really makes me want to love it too. And talk about plot twists–just when you think you know what’s going on and where things are going, Ms Bracken sends another one your way (there was quite a bit of gasping out loud here, not gonna lie. And perhaps an oh no they didn’t –or twelve–too). It could partly be because my YA fantasy reading skills are a bit rusty, but I honestly think most of it is her ability to plot a deliciously twisty book. It kept me on my toes and pretty much insured I wasn’t going to be putting this book down for long–at least not until I got to the end!
I’m kind of bummed that I alternately listened to a library copy and read a print version of this one, honestly–I did miss being able to highlight my favorite quotes and saving them forever in my e-copy. I managed to jot a few of them down in my progress updates, at least–Ms Bracken has a way with words that I very much enjoyed.
This book really doesn’t shy away from the darker sides of mythology that often seem to get glossed over (Disney, I’m looking at you); but here right from the very first scene this book can be pretty brutal and there’s a lot of intensity going on right to the end. The ancient gods and the stories about them are wildly problematic at times (need a refresher? Check out Overly Sarcastic Productions’ YouTube channel) As such, Lore is probably best for older/more mature YA readers.
Rating: 4 stars / A-
About the author:
Alexandra Bracken was born in Phoenix, Arizona. The daughter of a Star Wars collector, she grew up going to an endless string of Star Wars conventions and toy fairs, which helped spark her imagination and a deep love of reading. After graduating high school, she attended The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she double majored in English and History. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, and later moved to New York City to work in children’s book publishing, first as an editorial assistant, then in marketing. After six years, she took the plunge and decided to write full time. She now lives in Arizona with her tiny pup, Tennyson, in a house that’s constantly overflowing with books.
Alex is a #1 New York Times bestselling and USA TODAY bestselling author. Her work is available across the world in over 15 languages.
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Sounds really great
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