Mortal Gods

352p. (The Goddess War: Bk. 2). ebook available. Tor Teen. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780765334442.
Gr 9 Up—Aphrodite has killed the boy she loves, and now all that Cassandra wants is vengeance. Except Aiden was not just some boy. He was Apollo, the immortal god of the Sun. Cassandra is not an average teen girl from Kincade, New York, but rather the prophetic Cassandra of Troy, born again. And more, she has the power to exact her revenge as a Weapon of Fate—the young woman has the ability to kill a god with the slightest touch of her hands. Less than a year ago, the protagonist was happily spending her days with Aiden, until his siblings, the Olympian gods Athena and Hermes, arrived in town, leading to the battle in which Cassandra learned of her power by turning Hera to stone. Despite her hatred for Athena, the heroine has decided that joining forces with her historical enemy is the best way to find and destroy Aphrodite. The Goddess War has begun, and together Cassandra, Athena, and their allies intend to win no matter the cost. The second book in Blake's Greek mythology series, this novel picks up soon after the end of Antigoddess (Tor, 2013) and continues to expand upon the world of the immortal Olympian gods and returned heroes of the Trojan War. Like the previous installment, the author expertly brings these ancient characters into the modern world and provides a fun story for readers who enjoy the supernatural, swordfighting, and larger-than-life heroes and heroines.—Ryan F. Paulsen, New Rochelle High School, NY
In modern-day Kincade, NY, the war between the dying Greek gods begun in Antigoddess continues: Athena wants to use reincarnated prophetess Cassandra of Troy, the god-killer, to destroy the gods who killed Cassandra's boyfriend Aiden, formerly the god Apollo. Though motivations in this sequel are a bit opaque, the episodes of teen life and godly conflict are believable.

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