Thanks to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: January 5th, 2021
Synopsis: Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, 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 in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away 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 out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.
The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to finally leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost—and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.
What do you get when you combine bestselling YA author Alexandra Bracken with Greek gods? A surefire blockbuster is what I’m thinking, especially after reading this chapter sampler. Lore starts off with a bang and plenty of blood, gore, and even a decapitation. This sampler only includes the first six chapters, but I already love kickass Lore, and loyal and endearing Miles. I can’t wait to find out more about the mysterious Castor because even the one scene with him left quite an impression on me. While the storyline may sound similar to previous books, like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, let me assure you that this is completely original. The only reason why I deducted 1/2 a star from my rating is because the epilogue had me completely confused as to the beginnings of the Agon. Thankfully, Lore explains everything to Miles, a couple of chapters further in. I don’t usually do chapter samplers, but I couldn’t resist the lure of Lore. It has now become my #1 most anticipated book of 2021!