- Date published: March 2013
- Publisher: HarlequinTeen AU
- Format: Paperback, 283 pages
- Series: The Goddess Test, Book 3
- ISBN 13: 9781743562512
- Categories: YA Fantasy
- Goodreads / Booktopia / Bookworld (ebook)
- Source: provided for review by the publisher
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 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…
A great end to the series, The Goddess Inheritance wraps up Kate’s adventures in the world of Greek Gods and Goddesses and allows us to see her fully accept her role as Queen of the Underworld. Although I couldn’t put the book down and read it one sitting because of its riveting plot, I quickly came to hate Kate Winters because of constant whining.
Kate has always been the kind of person to whine about everything and is extremely prone to self-pity, but in the last book I really thought we had finally gotten over all that. I was looking for a strong, mature Kate in The Goddess Inheritance, but I never really saw her. Constantly indulging in a hero/martyr complex and running around making things worse, Kate doesn’t really add anything to the plot until very late in the book, and mostly just ruins things for the Gods and Goddesses who are actually trying to stop Cronus. Her selfishness causes her to keep secrets from her husband, and although she has a powerful driving force in her son Milo, she doesn’t really use it the way you’d expect.
There are many moments where I just could not fathom how stupid Kate is – for example, after Cronus sends a tidal wave to Athens, Kate asks “Was anyone killed?”, because apparently, it’s possible that the tidal wave destroyed a whole city but left all the people alive. She actually asks this question a number of times, and each time is shocked when the answer is yes. When she makes it back to the Underworld, she sees thousands of dead waiting to be sorted out, and she asks herself why there are so many of them (she quickly realises the answer and at least is saved the embarrassment of having asked the question aloud). Basically, Kate Winters is the biggest disappointment about the book.
Having said that, the rest of the pantheon of Greek Gods is a lot stronger in this novel – they finally have to accept the consequences of their lifestyles and the choices they made thousands of years ago. I was mystified at how James continued to flirt with Kate, behaving quite inappropriately at times, but otherwise I think the gods have changed for the better. Goddess Interrupted toyed with the idea that Kate, being new to the group, would bring fresh ideas and new methods to their ways, but The Goddess Inheritance makes it clear that although she has been allowed to join their ranks, she has many years to go before they start taking her seriously. They only grudgingly allow her to participate in the war plans (and it doesn’t help her case that she’s been stupidly blabbing to Cronus).
The plot line of the book is great – the twists and turns kept me up all night, and at every point I just had to know what happens next. The ending, although predictable, was still thrilling, and I liked how everyone had a role in it. Calliope’s increasing madness and her rickety alliance with Cronus are fascinating because she’s both desperate for his attention and love and fiercely independent, and these qualities war inside her. On the other hand, I couldn’t figure out Cronus, not even at the end.
Fans of the series will not be disappointed in how Carter ends this thrilling tale, but I think Kate’s character will be deterrent to reader’s enjoyment.