Lore by Alexandra Bracken is a standalone novel. I received a sneak peak from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This review will be spoiler-free.
Release Date: January 5, 2021
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 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 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 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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
Intriguing. Beautifully written. This modern greek god story is everything I was looking for.
The sneak peak I read included a prologue and the first six chapter of the book, which was 63 pages long.
I will admit that the prologue was a tad confusing because it drops you right in the middle of an intense scene, but by the end of the first chapter I knew what was going on and was flying through the pages.
Lore is a fascinating main character. From her first scene, I knew there was more going on beneath her surface. She is fierce, but she is hiding from the world she once knew.
I really want to know more about Caspar, Miles, and Gil. These side characters are all so drastically different, but each shaped who Lore is.
The mix of the modern world and the greek gods is a mixture that never gets old for me, but this was a take I had never seen. The gods have grown weak and the mortals are out to steal their powers. There are new gods and old gods at war with one another.
I cannot wait to get my hands on the rest of this book.