Blurb (from Goodreads):
Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she'll have to fight for it.Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry's first wife, Persephone.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: Purchased on kindle from Amazon.co.uk for £1.09.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Goddess Test’ series, and kicks off 6 months after the end of book 1.
The summer is over, and Kate is returning to Eden to spend autumn and winter with Henry.
Surprises are in store though when it turns out that the gods aren’t living at the house in Eden, instead they are living in the Underworld.
Calliope has left her punishment of spending time with each of Henry’s fiancé’s that she killed, and has instead tried to break a Titan out of captivity. The titan is able to harm the gods, and Henry and several others have been injured by him.
Kate must now find a way to save Henry and several of the other gods who have been injured by the titan, and held captive by Calliope.
Can Kate really hope to save Henry though? Whose help will she need along the way? And how does Henry really feel about her anyway?
I enjoyed this book, but it was quite different to the first in the series.
The main difference in this book is that quite a large chunk of it happens in the underworld, compared to the first book which took place in the real world. This may have not had such a big impact, if it wasn’t for the fact that when Henry and the others are held captive, Kate and two others spend weeks (yes, weeks), walking through the underworld to get to where they are being held.
This was a bit surprising for me as I wasn’t expecting that, and I did feel it was a little silly when they appeared to just be walking around looking for someone, when they had no idea where she was, or whether she would even help them!
I will give the author credit for not dragging this out for a longer stretch of time than she did, which could have been very dull, but I will say that it seemed a little unbelievable that Calliope would be happy to just hang around for weeks, while Kate and co made their way toward her!
That being said, there was then a clear divide in this book; the part where Kate was wandering around trying to get to Henry, and then a second part where Henry and the other gods are back at his home in the underground. Once home, even though the threat of the Titan is still the main concern, the book does focus quite a bit on Kate and Henry’s relationship, which isn’t all sunshine and roses as Kate hoped. The question remains as to whether or not Kate will ever be good enough for Henry, and whether he will ever get over Persephone and be happy with her. I found Henry to be very standoffish and even mean with Kate in this book, which was not the feeling we were getting from him in the first book.
I would say that there are fewer twists and turns in this book, but the few that are there do have an impact. The ending didn’t tie much up, it’s obvious that there will be a second book to resolve the storyline in this one, and there is also a massive cliff-hanger to make reading the next book a must. Oh, but don’t read the blurb for the third book as it totally gives it away!
Overall; a good sequel, a little different to the first, and with a cliff-hanger at the end, but a good read.
7.5 out of 10.