For a fun reference point, I would describe this as Circe and Percy Jackson meets The Hunger Games. This smart mythology based tale explores what would happen if Zeus had banished the Greek gods from Olympus centuries ago, and the descendants of great heroes had the chance to hunt and kill them every seven years in a seven day battle called Agon. When a warrior was lucky enough to kill one of these gods on the run, they became a god in their place. Obviously, it is highly desirable to succeed. This has an almost allegorical vibe that warns of the corrupting force of power, the dangers arising from blind faith in rhetoric and dogma, and the flaws in believing honor is gained through revenge and death. It also has a strong feminist voice that criticizes clinging to long-held traditions, which perpetuate a highly patriarchal society. We are given a damaged and vulnerable (yet physically and mentally strong) heroine in Lore who is drawn back into the fight despite her best attempts to disappear and reject this unwanted and dangerous life. With intrigue and betrayal around every corner, I found this book almost impossible to put down as New York City becomes an intense battleground under the clueless noses of the mere Unblooded while the members of the Houses scramble for power and control. Alongside Lore, I found myself questioning who she could trust and wondering how it was going to end.— Cori
“Epic from start to finish.” —Marie Lu, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Warcross
“A brilliant and breathless twist on classic mythology!” —Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lunar Chronicles
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.
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.
“Lore kept me awake far too many nights, needing to know what would happen in this ruthless battle between hunters, impostors, and gods. A brilliant and breathless twist on classic mythology!”
—Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Lunar Chronicles
“An epic from start to finish. Bracken deftly weaves a rich tapestry of new mythology steeped in ancient, time-honored legend—a story of power and old wounds and love, all anchored by a protagonist that I cheered from the instant she appeared, fists ready and heart brave, on the page. A tale worth passing down.”
—Marie Lu, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Warcross
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“Lore takes classic mythology and gives it a dark and deadly spin . . . I can’t wait to see what happens next.”
—Amazon Book Review