A vacation in Greece sounds like the perfect way for Kate Winters to spend her first sabbatical away from the Underworld…until she gets caught up in an immortal feud going back millennia. Castor and Pollux have been on the run from Zeus and Hades’ wrath for centuries, hiding from the gods who hunt them. The last person they trust is Kate, the new Queen of the Underworld. Nevertheless, she is determined to help their cause. But when it comes to dealing with immortals, Kate still has a lot to learn…
I don’t read a lot of novellas, but it seems that there are lot of these novella-type companion books to the series books that I love. And when these novellas come from authors whose writing I adore, I can’t ignore it.
The Goddess Hunt takes place after The Goddess Test, when James and Kate are on vacation in Greece during Kate’s 6 months “off” from the Underworld. Initially, I had thought the story would be them seeing the sights and eating the food and just enjoying themselves, but instead it’s an actual exciting story in novella form. I didn’t expect so much excitement or so many points of view!
My favourite thing from this novella, though, has to be seeing Henry’s point of view about Kate’s trip to Greece. I’m not sure if this book is best read before or after Carter’s latest book, Goddess, Interrupted, the second book in the trilogy. In Goddess, Interrupted, we see a different attitude from Henry and a lot of that seems to stem from what he sees during Kate’s trip. I had already read the second book before reading this one, so it was nice to see why Henry had been acting in certain ways.
Carter’s writing is just as enjoyable as ever. She sucked me in right from the beginning with the story of Castor and Pollux escaping the Underworld. I loved learning something new about these Gemini twins, being back in the world of mythology, and also seeing a lot of the characters that I had grown to love so far in the trilogy. I’ve never liked James and it’s funny to see that even with a side-story from the main trilogy, I still don’t like him! Whenever a chapter would come up with Henry’s point of view a smile would creep up on my face and I would be happy again.
This is a must-read if you’re an Aimee Carter fan and if you love the Goddess Test series. Best read, in my opinion, after reading Goddess, Interrupted – and you could definitely read the entire trilogy without reading this book, but I definitely think that this is one novella that should not be passed up.
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