It’s going to happen in exactly one month from today — Aimée Carter’s final volume in her Goddess trilogy will hit bookshelves on February 26. And believe it or not, as a book reviewer and a follower of this series, I’m at a loss for words when my mind travels over my reaction to book #3, so I’ll chronicle my thoughts in pieces.
“The Goddess Inheritance” is climatic, the apex of the triangle of Greek myth retellings that Carter’s been slowly building. Cronus plays a bigger part than ever in the storyline, and the war with a vengeful, insane Calliope/Hera has to end one way or another. Kate finally delivers her child. The secret of who Kate’s birth father is comes out (Greek myth fans, you know the answer to this one already). And Henry is unleashed, so to speak, his full power breaking free and transforming into a figurative storm of emotion.
I loved Kate’s character in “The Goddess Test.” She was so devoted to her mother, so compassionate, so very good and moral. However, “Goddess Interrupted” make her look needy and whiny, which wasn’t a good look for her. In “The Goddess Inheritance,” her desperation and the way she’s affected by the new role of motherhood brings her down to earth and stronger than before, bereft of her “clingy-ness” in regards to Henry and left with the need to survive and triumph no matter what the cost. Her morals are fully intact. I wasn’t disappointed with Kate this time, and though Henry receives less spotlight time than in any of the previous novels, the storyline clicks.
As for Cronus, I still am confused about his fascination with Kate. Was he attracted to her, in lust with her, or what? His motives for choosing Kate as his future queen are so unclear and left so entangled that I was in a huff. First, Carter made Cronus sound so interesting and perplexing, and then she leaves one of her best characters alone at the end of book with no explanation as to why he has a “crush” on his son’s wife to begin with. Was this just a contrived thread to make the plot work? Also, I noticed the author did not want to touch Cronus’s or his wife’s origin story. Why? It would have been so interesting.
Calliope is another side of the story — after “The Goddess Legacy,” I understood her better and even felt sorry for her, but “The Goddess Inheritance” demonstrates that the goddess of heaven is past the point of no return as far as redemption is concerned. As they say, “what goes around comes around,” which certainly applies to Calliope’s fate.
Carter delves headfirst in the conundrum that I guessed in “The Goddess Test” — Kate’s birth father — and profanity ensues when Kate confronts the guilty party and even gets into a fight with her beloved mother. These scenes were the essence of angst, but I felt that the author should have revealed this tidbit about Kate in “Goddess Interrupted” — did she honestly believe her readers wouldn’t have guessed the truth by now?
Romance: there’s not too much and not too little, though there aren’t any “great” love scenes worthy of mention. I don’t blame the author for making them snappy, though, when it’s so hard to craft original romantic moments that stay true to the writer’s imagination.
The theme of death rings more loudly than anything else in “The Goddess Inheritance,” I’m afraid — two major characters die. One who is loved and one who is hated. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. You have been warned. There will be blood, and there will be a big, big fight scene.
The ending is too reminiscent of that in “Breaking Dawn” in the Twilight series. Carter’s characters have the rest of eternity to live, so it was hard for me not to remember Meyer’s parting lines and compare them to how Henry and Kate’s love also won’t ever die — literally. Plus, Kate’s child is eerily similar to Bella’s Renesmee. Note: “Breaking Dawn” got a 2 out of 5 stars rating from me. I tolerated it, but just barely.
However, all in all, Carter finishes her trilogy deftly and conclusively in “The Goddess Inheritance” with a respectful and appreciative nod to Greek mythology and all it still has to offer humanity — I give it 3 out of 5 stars.
My reviews of Aimeé Carter’s previous work:
- Part 1 of my review of “The Goddess Test” (Examiner.com)
- Part 2 of my review of “The Goddess Test” (Examiner.com)
- Part 3 of my review of “The Goddess Test” (examiner.com)
- Part 1 of my review of “Goddess Interrupted” (examiner.com)
- Part 2 of my review of “Goddess Interrupted” (examiner.com)
- My review of “The Goddess Legacy (equus4ever.wordpress.com)
- Part 3 of my review of “Goddess Interrupted” (examiner.com)