Aimee Carter rounds out her Goddess Test trilogy with The Goddess Inheritance.
The story basically picks up where Goddess, Interrupted left off though it’s nine months later and Kate is about to give birth to Henry’s child. Instead of being surrounded with and taken care of by family and friends, however, Kate is being held captive by Calliope and Cronus. Calliope has grand plans to destroy Kate while Cronus, naturally, just wants to destroy the world. As soon as the baby is born, Calliope swoops in and steals him away while promising to kill Henry. The Queen of the Gods would love to kill Kate too, but Cronus has developed a thing for his daughter-in-law and won’t allow it. So now Kate has to worry about the baby, Henry, and how to brush off a titan without hurting his feelings. And, to add insult to injury, Kate also discovers that Ava knew about Calliope’s plot and helped her, and that Walter knew about her captivity and let it happen anyway. She’s a little pissed. But ultimately, this is a story about family and betrayal.
Carter does a good job of tying up loose ends even though it sometimes feels like it takes a little while to get there. I found that some of the plot twists were easy for me to guess, too, because some of them jut seemed too good to be true.
You get to dig a little deeper into a few of the characters, like Walter, Diana, Ava, and Calliope. Carter really let Calliope’s crazy out, actually. In the beginning of the novel, Calliope reminded me of Rebecca DeMornay’s character in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.
But, I also felt that as more of these characters were revealed to us, Kate’s personality shrank. She was defeated and whiny. After a while, even the other characters mentioned it. She wasn’t the spunky girl who passed the tests, and I missed it.
The Goddess Inheritance is an excellent ending point to the story of Kate and Henry. Carter’s writing kept me focused on the story and had me ripping through the pages to see how it ended. And while I felt like everything I needed wrapped up or clarified was taken care of, I hope she will revisit this world to explore James’ story because I am not ready to let go of that world yet.
Genre: mythology, YA romance
Release Date: February 26, 2013
About The Goddess Inheritance
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.