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.
It is a bittersweet end to a beautiful saga, but Carter’s epic conclusion of The Goddess Inheritance will leave many extremely pleased, though readers certainly won’t feel that way as the story unfolds. True to mythic form, the gods and goddesses are pigheaded and selfish, and it shows, perhaps more than in any other novel, in this final masterpiece. All Kate wants is to protect her baby. All Henry wants is his family back together. But leave it to Henry’s brothers and sisters to muddy the water, using Kate’s life and child as the leverage they need to propel Henry into a war he never wanted to fight, regardless of the danger in which it places Kate and her child.
Truth be told, I screamed throughout much of this novel. The unfeeling nature of many of the gods and goddesses really set my teeth on edge, and I wanted some of them to die slow, painful deaths. Anyone who is willing to endanger a child and allow a loved one to be abducted and used as a pawn to further their own gain is a despicable person, and that can be said for Walter. I want to pummel him, rip away his eternity, and spit on his grave. And those feelings right there are why I believe Carter to be a phenomenal writer destined for greatness.
I am not a parent. I never plan to be, but Carter stirred extreme emotions within me when it came to Kate’s child being ripped away from her. Kate’s inability to hold her son, or see him in the flesh, ate away at my soul, and I can only imagine what it will do to those readers who have children. It is a very powerful, poignant story, one of love, betrayal, and ultimate sacrifice, and I am in awe of it all. Again, the fact that Carter was able to evoke such strong emotions within me over fictional characters proves that she is, indeed, a phenomenal writer.
Add in the many twists and turns, alongside the psychopathic nature of Cronus and Calliope, and this final novel outshines all the rest in the series with its fast-paced nature. Though both Kate and Henry must struggle to overcome the many barriers set before them, their love for one another is finally fully solidified in this novel, and the fight for family, and all of earth, begins. Five stars.
Harlequin has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this phenomenal novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on February 26, 2013.
This is a series you really need to read:
The Goddess Inheritance (#3)