Hmmm. This novel was not as successful as her first (THE GODDESS TEST.) Instead of spending time with Henry/Hades and Kate and seeing their relationship unfold, we are immediately yanked into an over-the-top drama in which Henry, his brothers and sisters are (mostly) kidnapped by their father Cronos.
Anyone who knows Greek mythology knows that the Gods make one sprawling dysfunctional family. As my husband likes to put it: “You think you’ve got problems? It’s because they’ve problems.”
And so in this installment, the hatred brewing beneath the surface in Calliope/Hera explodes into the open as she tries to unleash the force that is Cronos. Cronos, a Titan, is the son of Uranus (the sky) and Gaia (the earth.) Once he came of age, he overthrew his father Uranus, castrated him (I am not joking) and ruled in his stead. He is the father of Zeus, Hera, Demeter, Poseidon, Hades & Hestia. When Walter/Zeus came of age, he overthrew his father, and the six siblings imprisoned him in Tartarus for the rest of his days.
There he sleeps, unable to do harm. Until, Calliope/Hera in a fit of jealous rage, wakes him up. The whole of this volume (just about) is what happens when you unbox a huge amount of energy that is trying to escape. It ends on a cliffhanger, with Kate on her way to find Rhea (Cronos’ wife). Unfortunately, Calliope/Hera coshes her on the back of the head…Four stars.