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The Goddess Test has 6 entries in the series. The Goddess Test (Series). Aimée Carter Author (). cover image of The Goddess Test Boxed Set. The Goddess Inheritance - Aimee Carter - Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter - Chapter Sampler. Read The Goddess Test read free novels online from your Mobile, Pc. The Goddess Test is a Fantasy novel by Aimee Carter.
The power radiating from Henry was gone now. So unnatural. There had to be something I could dosome magical combination of words I could say to get her to lower that dagger. You can either keep Kate or her spawn alive. Shadow Study by Maria V. Like hell I was letting Cronus keep me from my family. I had to find the baby before Henry found me, and I had to find Henry before it was too late.
Jesus came out of Mary's magnificently holy vagina. Was that skillfully crude time line enlightening? I really hope so. Wanna know why? Because I actually have some hopes for this trilogy. And here is where I talk about what I actually kinda liked about this book and why I gave it almost three stars. It felt real and Kate's motivations and feelings behind it were probably her most redeemable and interesting qualities.
The relationship between Kate and her mother was probably the strongest in the book. That's just depressing. Especially 'cause he's Hades, and I've always had a soft spot for him. However, his character portrayal was The occasional fits of rage were good, because that's fitting for any Greek god, really, but now I feel I must touch on the most ridiculous thing this entire book managed to spout out: A virgin , I tell you.
I'm really tired of these immortal and supposedly drop-dead sexy and yet another pun men in these YA books who never manage to get laid. Oh, I know! Maybe he's saving it for the Lord. You got me there, Ms. Carter, I'll admit it. It was a fairly decent twist. Kate held my attention well enough. I don't hate her. I don't love her, but I don't hate her. She's kind of on the fence for me right now. We'll see how the second book goes. And so, if Ms.
Carter can pull her shit together and stop talking down to us good readers, and cut it out with that Seven Sins bullshit, and let Henry fuck I will enjoy the second book. I really will, Ms. Overall, you had a good idea. So please, please, grant my wishes and don't let me down like most books I read nowadays. PS - I feel I should add this in: Look at that cover. That is one beautiful cover. I am a binding whore, admittedly. I know that that sounds wrong, don't feel the need to point out the poor word choice as an attempt to save me from future word vomit.
View all 28 comments. May 09, leni rated it did not like it Shelves: View all 5 comments. Jul 05, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: And you know what it's like when you finally have access to the book you've always wanted Seems like Carter is a little famous in the book world!!
Ok, enough with the music and happiness. We're getting serious. As in- "when I was a 10 year old, I liked every single book there was out there!! Just warning ya, folks.
However, her only hopes are to save her mother. So, obviously, in this action packed book, Carter makes this a life or death scenario.
I mean, what did you expect?? Unicorns and rainbows??
A f-ing hot dude who gets a girl to take a test and marry him Should you read it?? Totally your choice. View all 6 comments. Feb 26, Steph Su rated it did not like it Shelves: Um…did I read a different book than many others? After reading rave reviews all over Goodreads and the Internet, I was expecting something swooningly romantic and highly inventive.
The first quarter of the book consists of a really confusing series of exchanges that go something like this: She dies. Now I must go and save again the life of this girl who treats me like shit.
They are tropes. Kate is a total Bella Swan, the new girl whom guys are falling over to accommodate for no good reason. And Ava. Oh God, Ava. So unnatural. View all 9 comments.
Jun 21, Savina M. It's official. Aimee Carter is now on my list of Authors who are fucking idiots didn't do enough research, right next to the Casts and dear Alexandra Adornetto. How can someone fuck up Greek Mythology that bad? Even my twelve-year-old cousin, whose only knowledge of Greek Mythology is from The Lightning Thief , knows that there are twelve Olympians, not thirteen, and mortals can't dole out punishments to gods.
Okay, I've calmed down a little. Now on to the rest of the review. Summary Kath It's official. Summary Katherine "Kate" Winters, is your ordinary goody-two-shoes Mary Sue, who wants nothing but for her mother to live the remainder of her days happy. Annnnd out of the blue, Henry He's Hades, by the way.
A fucking stupid name invites Kate to his manor to be his new bride. It's way more romantic than how I just explained it. Trust me. But his eyes drew my attention. Even in the darkness, they shone brightly, and I had a hard time tearing myself away from his gaze.
But it's not so simple. Henry is about to fade away, and unless he can find a new Persephone, his realm in the Underworld will be passed on to Hermes. For some fucking reason. To determine whether Kate is suited for Henry or not, the fucking coucil has Kate go through several tests. They're not just any tests. Yes, testing whether Kate sins or not. Not the twelve labors. Not going on some heroic quest.
You wanna know what the test for greed is? Kate's offered a pile of dresses, and since she offered to share it with someone else, she's not greedy. Kate gets to spend time with her mom, slut-shames Aphrodite, has sex with Henry And they fucking celebrate Christmas. The fucking mythology Since this is the 1 thing that irked me, I will address this first.
Look at this stupid list. Let's start off with this list. Zeus doesn't appear much in this book, and the only thing wrong is his name, so let's move on to Hera. From Wikipedia: In Greek mythology, Calliope was the muse of epic poetry, daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, and is believed to be Homer's muse for the Iliad and the Odyssey.
You hear that, Aimee? Calliope is a fucking muse. Why the fuck would Hera go ahead and name herself after a muse? God, at least bother to search up a fucking name next time you write a book. And get this. Hera is in love with Hades. Hera, the goddess of family, so in love with Hades she almost killed Kate for it. Next on the list Doesn't appear in this book much. Moving on. She's actually Kate's mom in this book. Very motherly, very nice, yap yap yap.
But wait. What's the name on the right of Demeter's? Wiki again: In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the hunt, the moon and birthing, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals. She was equated with the Greek goddess Artemis, [ So pray tell, why the fuck would Demeter use Artemis' name? I remember Kate asking about it I just I can't.
There are so many stupid inaccuracies about him that I can't list them all. Alright, fine. I'll try. So about the Underworld. For some reason, without Persephone, Hades can't rule by himself, and he's going to fade away. But why the fuck would the responsibility be passed on to Hermes? He's already the god of messages, thieves, and I forget. He's one of the few that can go in and out of the Underworld freely, yeah, but why him? Why not Charon, or Thanatos?
And the reason why Persephone left was pretty lame. Henry's expression was blank. I did not stop her. So the book says there are thirteen Olympians. Hestia was replaced by Dionysus. When Dionysus was made a god, the Olympians argued on who should give up their place, and Hestia offered to do so.
Next, Ares. Not much to talk about. And Aphrodite. Ah, the target of slut-shaming. Of course, Aphrodite is portrayed as a bitchy slut here. Except for Henry, all of the guys eyed her everywhere she went. I wasn't sure what else she'd been expecting. And when two guys, Apollo and Dionysus fought over Aphrodite Apollo, seriously?
Yes, because when two guys get in a fistfight over a girl, it's the girl's fault when one of the guys get hurt. I don't have much to say about the rest of the list, because thank the gods, they don't play a large role. Kate I didn't find Kate to be selfless. At all. She keeps droning on and on about how she wants her mother to be happy, how she wants her mother to stay longer.
Seems selfless and filial, but in truth, she only wants her mother to stay longer because she "wasn't prepared to say goodbye". This was emphasized and mentioned many times in the book. So in truth, Kate is only saving her mother for herself, not actually wanting to buy time fore her mom. Kate is a Mary Sue cardboard cutout. It's not the worst part of the book, and I have read about worse heroines, so I'll leave it at there.
Conclusion It's been a while since I was so enraged by a book. It's not even a so-bad-that-it's-good book, it's a so-bad-that-it's-bad book. So if you have a working knowledge of Greek Mythology, stay well away. View all 14 comments. I loved it! Simply, completely, loved it. I can barely begin to say how much. From the very beginning I was caught. I love Greek Myth I always have.
The story and characters were brilliant. I loved all the characters They were all so fabulous and entertaining. They were each so different and unique and I loved seeing them in the story. I think Kate was just brilliant! I think she reacted to things believably and naturally, and she was a wonderful person. She was kind and considerate, while still being strong and brave.
I found I really liked Henry. He was a kind, considerate person, and I think he was a great match for Kate. I really felt for Henry, and his history with Persephone. I like the way the author changed the tale and showed it in a different way, which actually allowed Hades to be the good guy in the picture. I liked the opportunity for him to be an actual person with feelings and a heart The relationship between Henry and Kate was excellent.
I really liked how it developed over time and how they got to know one another. It was very sweet and normal, and I never felt like anything was forced. It seemed very natural and I liked that. I was shocked with the twists and revelations at the end of this book! I think the author has done an exceptional job here. It was so smart and wonderful NOW, people!! View all 58 comments. Aug 05, Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it really liked it Shelves: I always, always love it when Greek Mythological deities and characters get resurrected, recreated and put in present settings.
Goddess Test is another novel that sets an enjoyably creative take on Greek mythology. I also love how this book uniquely centers its story on one of the least liked Greek gods-of course you know him- Hades. I'm reading the sequel in the near but not definite future. View all 7 comments.
Feb 25, Kelly rated it it was ok Shelves: I was excited about The Goddess Test from the moment I first heard about it. The myth of Persephone and Hades has always held a certain fascination for me, and I enjoy reading adaptations of it and seeing what different authors do with the story.
The queen candidates must first pass a series of tests, however, and someone keeps mur I The queen candidates must first pass a series of tests, however, and someone keeps murdering the young women before they can complete the tests. Enter Kate. She has felt set apart from other teens for several years, ever since her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Mom has one last wish: Then a classmate plays a prank on her that goes horribly wrong.
Only Henry aka Hades , the mysterious resident of Eden Manor, can help Kate, and there is a price to pay: Sometimes it moves a bit too quickly, in fact; it takes Kate several months to fall for Henry, but those months are summed up so briefly that it feels abrupt to the reader.
On the other hand, this quick pace means The Goddess Test is emphatically not one of those YA novels that bogs down in hundreds of pages of angsty school scenes. The Greek gods as presented here are defanged and moralistic versions of themselves, and in most cases not very fleshed out, either.
The problem starts with the nature of the tests: This is an odd fit with Greek myth. The sins are interpreted in troubling ways, too. It disturbs me that Kate is told that she has sinned when the consensuality of the act is dubious at best. At first I thought she was written inconsistently, but as the story progressed it became clear that this wild inconsistency is an essential part of her character.
The Goddess Test ends with two occurrences that cheapen everything that has gone before. One of these occurrences concerns a huge lie that has been told to Kate for a long time.
As I mentioned above, though, the writing itself is good. This could be a fun light book for readers who are less obsessed with mythology than I am. Feb 25, Ceilidh rated it did not like it. I love Greek mythology. I love Greek tragedies. I love the gods and goddesses and what they all represent and the timeless stories that accompany them. As with all people who love something, I am weary with re-imaginings and modern day updates of these tales. Some can be brilliant and really update the text to fit with the modern era, others can fail miserably.
They were handled well and without overtly saccharine bucket-loads of cheap emotional grabs, and it was interesting to see a paranormal YA character dealing with such a difficult problem.
Of course, this was quickly shoved aside for the plot, or what substituted for one. How can you make Hades dull? The Hades-Persephone myth was twisted into a more teen friendly shape where Henry was made into the victim, which bugged me to no end.
Then again, these characters are so un-godly it makes sense to twist the myths to fit them. Kate is fine for most of it until she falls into love-struck too-annoying-to-live territory, typical for paranormal YA heroine these days it seems, and Henry is just dull. None of the immortal characters ever seem like fully fleshed out beings, let alone gods.
They never convinced me that they were anything more than childish plot devices. The Greek gods could be childish but they could also be ruthless, passionate, cunning, devastatingly dangerous, charming, every other emotion you could think of.
Here, the characters just served to keep the meandering plot from going too off-road. And this was all well and good for the most part. Like I said, it was mediocre but not awful. Then we got into the second half and things changed. What made up the supposed plot and the tests that were so important in deciding whether or not a teenage girl was worthy to become an immortal and co-ruler of the Underworld and the dead become more and more contrived to the point where I was rolling my eyes every other page.
Not once was I convinced that Kate was goddess material and the so-called tests just made me think that the Olympians need to hire a new manager or something. How can one establish a relationship if there is no trust and never was from the beginning? And Kate is okay with everyone lying to her, or as they put it, hiding the truth from her to keep her safe because those are the rules.
It was poorly constructed, it was incredibly contrived and it was a pure and simple dick move. It immediately destroyed any sympathies I had had with the book. But the big reveal that makes everything okay for everyone except the reader just throws my ability to care out the window and frankly, it pissed me off. Can we stop using characters, especially teenage girls, as pawns in stories? Can we treat them with a little more respect than this? View all 18 comments. Der Anfang war echt anstrengend und ich war mehrmals kurz davor es abzubrechen.
Es wurde nie etwas hinterfragt, sondern einfach alles nur hingenommen. Allerdings wurde die Story ab Seite echt noch ganz gut und auch das Ende hat mich neugierig auf den 2. Band gemacht. Okay, this was just so messy and meh and just BAD i don't even know how i got through it and actually finished it, so i'm giving myself a star for my hard work.
View all 4 comments. May 16, Natalie Monroe rated it did not like it Shelves: I was extremely disappointed with this book. I read the blurb and thought it'd be great and guess what, it wasn't. This book like Shiver and Fallen were Twilight descendents. The writing style is similar as well as the characters. James and Dylan are immediately mesmerized by her and want to hang around her. Ava is Alice who's bubbly and enjoys clothes.
Kate, on the other hand, hates pretty clothes but is stuffed in them anyway like a human Barbie doll another Twilight factor The other thing that really annoyed me was that the author didn't stay true to Greek mythology at all.
I love Greek mythology and how Rick Riordan put a new twist on it in his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series but still managed to stay true to Greek mythology. The author didn't do that at all, in fact, she murdered it. I'm sorry but what? Hera in love with Hades? It would have made far more sense it Henry was Zeus and let's not forget Hera was the goddess of marriage, she wasn't supposed to go around falling in love with people.
Let's not forget James who was going to inherit the Underworld when Henry did. Turns out James is Hermes. Hermes, ruler of the Underworld? Did the author do any research at all? Hermes and the Underworld do not mix.
Couldn't she have suggested a more realistic choice like Chiron or something? At least someone who actually has a connection to the Underworld. And what is with the building stuff out of French fries— architecture was Athena's field.
If you're a fan of Greek mythology or original story lines, steer away from this book. Kate Winters has always had her mother by her side, but now she's dying and Kate is driving to Eden, her mothers childhood home, for her last request. Kate only wants to take care of her mother and spend as much time with her before she goes, but her mother insists she go to school. So Kate reluctantly goes, but is quite content to stay invisible. She's not here to make friends, she's here to take care of her mother.
Soon she meets Henry. Lonely, haunted, and claims to be the god of the Underworl Kate Winters has always had her mother by her side, but now she's dying and Kate is driving to Eden, her mothers childhood home, for her last request.
Lonely, haunted, and claims to be the god of the Underworld, Hades, and while Kate thinks he's crazy, she can't deny that he's brought back a sorta friend of hers back from the dead right before her eyes. But at a price. If he could bring Ava back, does that mean he has the power to save her mother?
Henry strikes a bargain with Kate, and if she passes the seven tests, she becomes his wife, and a goddess, but if she fails, then she will loss so much more then she ever thought possible. Do you know the story of Persephone? The land got cold while she was away. She wouldn't eat or drink. Her mother Demeter, pleaded with Zeus on her behave, and eventually Zeus made Hades give her back if indeed she hasn't eaten or drunk anything from the land of dead, but as it turns out, Persephone ate some seeds, so it was agreed that she could spend six months with her mother above ground, but she would also have to spend the other six months with Hades, as his queen.
It is the story of how the seasons came to be. Aimee Carter breaks in the world of Greek Mythology and captures the legend of Hades and Persephone, weaving it into brilliance and beauty in her remarkable debut, The Goddess Test. I've always loved, loved, loved, Mythology. I loved that hate and passion and the creation and destruction of it all. It's always been an element I've been fascinated with, so I went into this book with high hopes and was so glad that it did not disappoint.
Carter brings something fresh and exciting into this awesome world and I absolutely loved every minute of it. I really enjoyed all the characters, in fact there wasn't one I didn't like. Each and every single one of these characters are beyond thrilling, each has there own unique role and each have a part they play, and I gotta tell you, these characters weren't anything I ever expected once this book was said and done.
It's just I so adore her strength and tolerance. I mean, look at all the things she's went through? She couldn't bare to see anyone she loved or cared about or even hated, die. She is the most selfless character that I have ever meet and I loved that through it all, she stayed true to herself.
Truly loved him to bits. There is a kindness to Henry that was such a wonder to see in the god of Underworld, and quite refreshing I might add. When you think of Hades, you think cruel, dominating and well, evil, but instead we get someone tortured and haunted by past failures with a guilt-ridden heart but there is almost like an underlining of hope that lingers when every he speaks or moves or touches.
He's captured in a way that is so breathtaking and heartbreaking that it's completely mesmerizing. Such a fascinating creature. While the storyline wraps around the myth of Persephone, it's shaped in a different way.
This is the stuff I love about books. Authors get to break away from traditional folklore and create something unique and bright and amazing. But I can also understand that some readers may not like the idea of there favorite mythology characters being taken out of there original design and conveying them in a different light, but for me, I had a blast with this concept!!
I loved the entire set-up to this world and that ending had me completely floored! It shocked and awed me at the same time. Freaking Kudos! Simply put. I loved this book! It has everything I look for in an escape.
Unique, romantic, mysterious, compelling and ingenious. I was captivated from the very first page, till the very last and all I want is more. An instant favorite! I can't wait to see what Carter has planned next in Goddess Interrupted. Is it yet?!?! A Remarkable debut!!
Big thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for giving me an opportunity to view an early copy of this amazing read View all 65 comments.
Dec 05, Hannah G rated it liked it. I'm rating this book 3. This book was good. Originally I thought the tests would be more dramatic and not as underwhelming as they were. That was a bummer. But the way the author did do the tests which was do them in plain sight without the heroine knowing was interesting.
Overall I liked this and it was a quick read. One thing I didn't like was that Kate was so selfless. I know that's what most heroines are made of.
But what really bothered me was that to save Ava's life afte I'm rating this book 3. I wouldn't have offered to spent six months out of the year for the rest of my life to bring her back from the dead. So I do wish that Kate did have some self preservation.
I liked Henry. What I really liked about this book was how the author put a twist on the classic story of Hades and Persephony. The Greek mythology was mixed really well in this book. The love story I was kind of like how? How did Kate fall in love with Henry. I felt no romantic or physical connection between both characters. And I would have liked it to be more falling slowly and passionately in love.
But it was good not great but good. Jan 07, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aimee Carter is a debut author and only 24 years old! To start with, I felt abashed that this book made me cry so easily! The book opens with protagonist Kate and a rundown of her role as caregiver for her dying mom.
Carter's description of this heart-wrenching process is mature and well-written. This book also pays homage to one of my f Aimee Carter is a debut author and only 24 years old! This book also pays homage to one of my favorite myths, the myth of Persephone. I've been in love with pomegranates ever since first reading this myth, but Kate feels different about the seeds. She also feels differently about the prospect of spending eternity with Hades who is a hottie!
View all 3 comments. Feb 16, Saniya rated it it was ok. Is it just me, who wanted to read this book so bad just because of the beautiful cover and the amazing plot, or did this also happened to everybody else?
I mean, okay. Covers were always my weak spot, but the plot? Even the blurb betrayed me in this one. The theme of this book looked so exciting, I nearly shouted Hmmph The theme of this book looked so exciting, I nearly shouted when I finally got to read this book and because of this excitement, I finished the book in 3. This book was a huge disappointment and has let me down to nowhere. Do check it out! Thanks http: Hades for instance. I thought he was going to be scary and empowering but what do we readers get?
A lonely guy who is a virgin, has a sweet personality and is probably scared of spiders because that was scary in Aimee Carter's dictionary. And Kate is just like any other typical brainwashed Bella heroine, who acts like a machine and loves like Juliet. Even Siri could do a better job than her. And do I even have to talk about Ava?
Weren't you, like, Kate's mortal enemy in the beginning of the book and then after some milli-seconds you are her best friend? You need to get your priorities straight girl. Dylan and James.
I honesty don't even know. The only real part in this book which I liked considerably was her Mom's illness scene and then everything goes down the drain and weird very fast. I won't say I didn't particularly enjoyed this, but then it did fail to meet expectation too, so I guess that's equal.
In the end, I am just stuck in between and I think I have to read the second book to really see where this is going. But meanwhile, here's some advice for the author: Aimee Carter, Get your facts straight, and your characters straighter. I've had this title on my TBR list for quite a while but never picked it up until it coincidentally became BOTM on one of the goodreads groups I participate in.
Don't you love it when you get a little nudge to knock a book off that long list! Overall, I liked The Goddess Test. I enjoy mythology, and despite the title duh! It kept my interest and I felt invested enough in the characters, but the experience was missing the "wow" factor that would warrant a 4 or 5 star rating from me personally.
I went with 3 stars, which based on goodreads is not bad- I liked it afterall. I am interested enough to continue the series, but I don't find myself overly eager to continue the trilogy anytime soon. My favorite quote: Jan 18, Elena rated it really liked it Shelves: Pretty fast and entertaining read! I love books revolving around Greek mythology and this was no exception. Jun 11, Ren The Booknerd rated it it was amazing Shelves: Love the cover, love the characters, love the plot, love the book, because It's Greek Mythology!
View 2 comments. Feb 28, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: What an incredible debut from author Aimee Carter!! The Goddess Test was absolutely amazing!!! The story is about a girl named Kate and her mother who is deathly ill. Kat What an incredible debut from author Aimee Carter!! Kate loves her mother more than anything and will do anything to make her happy in her final days.
The story really unfolds when Kate begins school in Eden. When Kate ends up falling victim to a vicious prank she meets Henry, a beautiful, dark and mysterious guy who makes a deal with Kate and now Kate has a bargain to uphold and many choices to make.
She faces many hardships but also discovers comforts in other places and people, especially Henry. She is falling for him and is finding she relates to him more than she ever thought. They both have hardships they have been dealt but together they can face them hand in hand. The characters in this story are well defined and well written. Our protagonist, Kate, was an all around amazing character. This had me on the edge of my seat with a Kleenex box in hand.
This book truly pulls you to the core. Henry was yet again, another amazing character. You really learn and understand him better and become so wrapped up in everything he has gone through. I really loved the secondary characters as well. They brought so much to the story. They played such an important part in making it as wonderful as it could be.
This is a beautifully written book with such fresh and vivid details you can actually picture the settings and the see the story unfold in your own eyes.
I was so captivated by this book. I will definitely be buying this as soon as it comes out. This is a Must read!!! Dec 22, Kristi rated it liked it Shelves: I love Greek mythology! I'm a fan of any sort of mythology and folklore, but Greek mythology is one of my favorites! I especially love when an author recreates a myth, spinning an old favorite into something new.
There are so many great novels featuring Greek mythology and The Goddess Test has quickly become one of my favorites! My favorite book despite their subject matter are ones that have great characters, a captivating story like and are well written. The Goddess Test possesses all of those I love Greek mythology! The Goddess Test possesses all of those qualities and then some!
I loved Kate and her dedication to her mother, I loved that she wasn't afraid to speak her mind and that she stood up for the things that she loved and the people that she loved. She was certainly worthy of divine things! And I really liked the romance in this novel, it wasn't a cheesy rush As it could be!
I climbed over the rubble, groping my way through the dust as sharp edges tried to cut my impermeable skin. My foot caught on a rock I couldnt see, and I stumbled, throwing my arms out to catch my fall. But instead a pair of strong hands caught me, and I looked up.
Dark hair, handsome face, broad shoulders. I blinked rapidly, my eyes tearing up to f lush out the dust, and his face swam into focus. No, not Henry. Come, my dear, he murmured, pulling me to my feet.
His palms were hot coals against my skin, and bile rose in my throat. Where was Henry? Why wasnt Cronus trying to stop him? Because he didnt need to. One god versus the King of the Titansthere was no question. And with Calliopes weapon, it wouldnt be a fair fight between siblings either.
Henry wouldnt know what was coming, and then I clenched my fists. I had to find the baby before Henry found me, and I had to find Henry before it was too late. No other option was acceptable. I want to see my son, I said, jerking my arm away from Cronus and struggling to keep my voice steady. To my left, a gaping hole in the stone wall opened up to a golden sky and the sound of waves crashing against the shore.
Take me to him. All in good time. He led me through the wrecked cor-. For him. Ava trailed after us, dragging her feet and scattering the pebbles as if she were trying to make as much noise as possible.
A warning to Calliope that we were coming? A signal to Henry to tell him where we were? Suddenly the air changed as the dust vanished, and the salt-tinged wind blowing off the sea gave way to the thin wails of a newborn. I blinked. Itd been a long time since Id slipped into a vision without meaning to. I was surrounded by walls painted to resemble a sunset, and the room was empty except for a white cradle in the center. A lump formed in my throat, and I peered over the edge, barely daring to hope.
There, wrapped in a knit blanket, was my son. His sobs paused, and he cracked open his eyes as if he were staring directly at me. But that was impossiblehe couldnt see me.
No one could see me in my visions. I was an observer. Less than a ghost; I was nothing. The lure of his blue eyes was irresistible, and I reached out to touch him. For a split second I imagined the warmth of his smooth skin and tiny fingers, and a smile crept onto my face. Hi, I whispered. Youre such a handsome little man. He stared up into the space I occupied, and I could hardly breathe. He was perfection. The name left my mouth before I could think about it, but once it was out, it seemed to wrap around the baby, becoming as much a part of him as his dark hair or how much I loved him.
An enraged cry broke the spell between us, and Milos sobs returned, even louder than before. I tried to touch him again, to offer whatever small measure of comfort I could if. His screams only grew shriller.
I froze. Torn between leaving Milo or finding Henry, I lingered near the cradle. As much as it killed me to leave the baby, I had to know where Henry was. If he was outside the nurseryif he knew about Milo and was going to save him Please, please, please let him know. I dashed through the open door and into a part of the palace Id never seen before.
The walls were a rich gold, not stone like the ones inside my prison, and the indigo rug matched the silk curtains that hung every ten feet on the outside wall. The hallway stretched nearly the entire length of the palace, and Calliope stood in the middle, only a few feet away from Henry. Hed saved me from the clutches of death on the banks of the river in Eden.
Hed fought for all our lives as Calliope choked me with chains in Tartarus. He was Lord of the Underworld, King of the Dead, and one of the most powerful gods in history. But never had I seen him look so terrible in his power. It rolled off of him in black waves, shaking the very foundation of the palace, and even though I wasnt really there, for the first time in my life I was genuinely afraid of him.
Satisfaction mingled with that fear though, and disdain ripped through me as I approached Calliope. Henry would end her. Whatever this weapon was she claimed to have, it couldnt possibly match up to the pure rage that surrounded him, fueling his power. Only a Titan could kill a god, and Calliope was exactly like me: Nothing more. A blast shook the walls, and panic shot through me. Henry had no idea he was here, that Calliope stood between. He might not even know he existed. And if he brought down the entire castle All it would take was a single thought, and our son would die.
I dashed into the nursery, but before I could spot Milos face over the edge of the cradle, the sunset walls disappeared. It took me several seconds to regain my bearings. Cronus held my arm, his hands still fire against my skin, and Ava lingered on my other side. We stood in a gold-and-indigo corridor, but it was empty. Was it over? Had we missed it? No, impossible. My visions were always in the present. I couldnt go into the past or see the future.
Henry and Calliope were somewhere nearby. They had to be. Above us, below Kate, my dear. Cronuss voice cut through me like a dagger made of ice. Are you mine? Not in a million years, not if we were the last two beings in the universe.
Not if the only other choice I had was to live out eternity buried under boulders. But only moments stood between now and the entire castle ripping apart at the seams, and I had to save Milo.
If that meant making a promise I couldnt keep, then I would deal with the consequences later. Give me my son, and Im yours. My feet left the ground as Cronus f loated us upward, leaving Ava behind. Together we passed through the ceiling as if it werent even there, rising into the hallway above us, and I held my breath. We stood only a few feet behind Calliope, and beyond her, surrounded by dark power Henry. He and I stared at each other across the hallway, and.
At last, someone who loved me. He took an involuntary step toward me, but even though it was the first time Id seen him since the winter solstice, my body pulled me in the direction of Milos room. Only a few feet away, two doors behind Calliope, and Id be able to hold my son. Id have a chance at saving us all. Cronus gripped my arm, his fingers a cuff of f lesh and bone, and no amount of subtle tugging and twisting loosened them.
I was as trapped as Id been in my prison, but this time both pieces of my heart dangled in front of me, taunting me.
Begging me to do something. I was powerless. In my mind, hours passed, but in reality it took Calliope only seconds to realize what was going on. She turned and grinned, her eyes sparkling with malice, and something slid from the loose sleeve of her gown into her hand. A dagger.
The blade glowed with the same essence that had infused the chains shed wrapped around my neck, the same opaque power that had threaded through the rock shed used to knock me unconscious the day shed kidnapped me. She hadnt been lying, after all. Somehow, even though Cronus stood beside me whole and solid, shed managed to separate a piece of him from the rest.
And now she had the power to kill every last one of us until she was free to rule the universe at Cronuss side. Perfect timing, she said, her voice as girly as ever, but regality saturated each syllable. Henrys voice broke, and the waves of dark power around him faltered. No, no, no, he couldnt stop now. Shed attack the first chance he gave her. I took a step back. Forget subtlety. Like hell I was letting Cronus keep me from my family. Dont let them follow me,.
I said to Henry, and without warning, I wrenched my arm from Cronus as hard as I could, pulling against his thumb.
The weakest part of his gripif he had any weak spots at all. Maybe I managed to take him by surprise, or maybe he was simply amused and wanted to see what I would do, but Cronus didnt fight me.
He let go, and before anyone could say a word, I tore down the hallway and into the nursery. Milo lay in the cradle, crying softly, and I ached to finally touch him. How was it possible that minutes before, wed been connected? How had I ever allowed my body to let him go?
Its all right, I whispered, reaching for him. He calmed, and this time when his blue eyes met mine, I knew he saw me. I wont let anything happen to you. The moment my fingers brushed his downy cheek, someone cleared their throat behind me, and I turned. Calliope stood framed in the doorway, and she held the dagger to Henrys throat.
All of the air escaped my lungs. This was it. He was going to die. I was going to lose my husband, my baby, my entire family to a crazy goddess who didnt care who she hurt, so long as she got her way. So long as she got to torture me. Dont hurt himyou cant, please, I whispered, clutching the edge of the cradle. Henrys eyes were open, and he stared at meno, not at me. Beyond me. He stared at Milo. It was a small comfort, knowing that he would die with the knowledge he had a son.
That at least he would have this moment. Please, spat Calliope, a mockery of my desperation. Always please, as if thats enough. You know it isnt, Kate. Why bother? It didnt matter if nothing I ever did was enough; I had to try. I couldnt live with myself if I surrendered and let her. You love him. If you kill him, youll never have him. Youll lose. She scoffed, but a hint of doubt f lashed across her face.
Ill be the queen of the world. Ill never lose again. Being queen wont make you happy. I studied the way she held Henry. He could break her grip if she lowered the knife. All we needed was that split second, and I could distract her long enough for Henry to take the baby and disappear.
Youll still be alone. Youll still be miserable. Calliopes eyes narrowed. Whatever it is you think youre doing, it wont work. I dont need him anymore. Then what do you want? I already have exactly what I want. Behind her, Cronus loomed, somehow taller than he had been moments before. The power radiating from Henry was gone now.
First Im going to kill Henry, and then Im going to kill your mother and every single member of the council. Once Im done, when the world kneels at my feet, I will hold your son, and he will call me mother and you a traitor. And together, we will watch you die. Henry roared and struggled against her, coming to life at last, but whatever chained him held strong. She pressed the blade to his throat. This wasnt about winning anymore she knew she had me, and I knew this was the end.
Now it was about causing me as much pain as possible. The joke was on her, though. Without Henry, without my mother, without my son, I would welcome death. This couldnt be it. There had to be something I could dosome magical combination of words I could say to get her to lower that dagger. Behind me, Milos cries grew louder, and I groped around until I touched his hand. These were the only few moments I would have with him. Despite the dagger to. Henrys throat, I would have given anything to make them last forever.
Then kill me, I blurted. Right now, in front of Henry, in front of the babyjust do it. Because I promise if you hurt either of them, I will make sure you spend eternity burning in Tartarus. Calliope tilted her head, and I held my breath. She had to agree. Anything to get her to lower that knife, to give Henry that split-second advantageanything.
But before she could say a word, Cronus exhaled, and fog crept across the f loor of the nursery. The word was barely a whisper, but it burrowed inside me, refusing to be ignored.
You will not harm Kate, my daughter. If she dies, so will you. Behind the f lush of her excitement, Calliope paled. You can either keep Kate or her spawn alive. Not both. I have already told you what you will do, said Cronus. You will obey me, or you will be the one to die. That is your choice to make, not mine. Clenching her jaw, she dug the blade deeper into Henrys skin, and he winced.
Forget me. His voice echoed through my mind as clearly as if hed spoken. Do whatever you must to escape before its too late.
No, I whispered, and Henry narrowed his eyes. He could glare at me all he wanted. I wasnt leaving, not without him.