Publish Date: July 31, 2012
Goodreads Blurb: For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aime e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.
Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness….
Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal….
Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another….
James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before….
Henry/Hades’s solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope….
Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.
This is a book of novellas about those on the council. So, it’s pretty much one big soap opera.
This first novella is about Hera. She’s always suffered from being too prideful. She believes that what she does is for the greater good. She speaks in half truths and seems to always use some sort of trickery. So, this wasn’t some new trait that just appeared out of nowhere in The Goddess Test. She has always felt that she was wronged. I don’t blame her for her feelings, but she could have handled them in another way.
This poor girl. She can’t help that she is beautiful, and the goddess of love. You would think with her affinity for love that she would realize the different ways it can be shown. Aphrodite’s story is basically one of growing up and realizing not everything is fire and passion. You may have wondered how she came to be the wife of Hephaestus. Well, this is that tale.
I’m still not a huge Persephone fan after reading this. I do understand her a bit better though. In the end she did the right thing. But I have to wonder if Hera had anything to do with her feelings toward Hades, and why things didn’t work out. Hera is the goddess of marriage, after all.
I really enjoyed Hermes’s story. He is the black sheep of the family until they need him to find something. He doesn’t like to follow the rules, and catches hell for it. He takes off on an errand without consulting his father. This leads him to the girl who can save the very existence of the gods.
*This may be a bit of a spoiler unless you’ve read The Goddess Test.
His resistance to finding a queen after Persephone’s choice is apparent. Diana is the only one fight for him to live. After the deaths of several girls who were trying to complete the tests, his sister has decided to have a child to go through the tests. He is against it but he’s promised the council a certain amount of time and will not deny them. But when he meets Kate he begins to hope. How they meet will be a story we’ve heard before. 😉