The Goddess Inheritance
Official Stuff –
Author – Aimee Carter
Pages – 283
Series- The Goddess Test Trilogy
Publisher – Harlequin Teen
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 the 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.
My Rating – 4 Stars
I love this series. If fuses modern day with mythology and I am a bigger sucker for mythology than fairytale retellings.
If you are unfamiliar with the series, Kate Winters went through a series of tests as a mortal to become a goddess and Henry’s (Hades) wife. Through the series she overcame many obstacles such as losing her mother, Henry’s love for Persephone, a jealous goddess that wants Henry for herself, and Cronus, a Titan that wants to be free from his prison.
When we last left Kate, she left to search for Rhea, the only hope the gods have of defeating Cronus, only to be kidnapped by Calliope (Hera). To make matters worse, she’s pregnant and she’s terrified of what Calliope is going to do with the baby. She’s been held prisoner for nine months, without Henry knowing where she is. When it’s time to deliver the baby, she makes a deal to become Cronus’s Queen as long as he prevents Calliope from hurting the baby. The deal doesn’t exactly go as planned and Cronus starts destroying the world.
Kate has to decide to save Henry or her child. She doesn’t completely know who to trust. The Council of Gods treats her like a child. She doesn’t want to lose her new family but she’s perfectly willing to sacrifice herself to save them.
I really enjoyed the series. Henry is swoony, he has grown a lot over the series from getting over his feelings for his first wife and to letting Kate in. He is probably one of my favorite YA love interests. James (Hermes) returns for comic relief and gives Kate the strength she needs to save Henry and her baby.
As a mother, there are a few times that this book made my heart ache. Kate is forced to fight for her child and the man she loves and there are times when she can’t choose both of them.
The only real issue I have with this book (and with the whole series, actually) is Kate constant “woe-is-me” attitude. Ok, I get that you are about to have your baby stolen by a crazy goddess but man up! She whines and feels sorry for herself too often. Her doubting has gotten better, I think only three or four times she goes “oh no! Henry glanced in the opposite direction and wasn’t staring directly at me; he must not love me anymore!”
Overall it was an excellent ending to the trilogy. It’s pretty fast paced and ties up the plot nicely (even allows a character death or two, which is general not done in YA novels). Definite recommend if you love mythology like I do!