Review: Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Review: Lore by Alexandra BrackenLore by Alexandra Bracken
Amazon|The Book Depository
Pages: 480
on January 5, 2021

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love and redemption.
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.

Thank you to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for granting me an advanced copy!

Warning: sexual assault, child abuse/marriage, violence, gore, death

As an avid fan of all things Greek mythology, it’s no surprise at just how much I loved Alexandra Bracken’s Lore. This was my first time reading Bracken and it definitely will not be my last. You can read my summary and initial thoughts on the first six chapters here.

Plot: Overall – fantastic! It had the right mix of everything. The Agon and nine families were a complicated world to introduce in a standalone story. I think Bracken did a great job of providing enough information to give the audience a road map of how this world fits into the one we know. I have to say I didn’t call some of the twists so it was also a pleasant surprise while reading!

Pacing: The action is non-stop which makes it a breeze to read through. The fight/action scenes are well written. These are usually things I skim through, but I found myself reading them quite closely as to not miss any information. Bracken also knows when to slow the action down to let the characters shine.

Characters: I really loved Lore. She was a great character to follow along on this journey. She’s tough, loyal, and she’s been through some really terrible things but she’s still able to believe in herself and others. Castor is the perfect underdog, presumed dead best friend turned love interest. It didn’t bother me once that the relationship between Lore and Castor would obviously end up together. I think because the friendship through present and past story telling was really developed and seemed really organic to me. Athena, man do I love a mortal god. I don’t want to spoil too much, but really great development of Athena (and all the god characters!).

I wish Miles, Van and Io had a bigger part of the story. Especially for Van and his place in the Agon world. I think that could have been a really interesting intersection as a character that is gay and a person of color. Same goes for Miles. Their relationship happened off page and ultimately felt a little unnecessary to the larger story, especially for a standalone work. I enjoyed the bits and pieces of Io but wish we could have gotten more from her and her relationship to Lore.

Overall this was a great read. Fans of Percy Jackson (or any of Riordan’s work) will enjoy this slightly more adult take on the re-imaging of famed Greek gods and heroes.



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