Review: Lore by Alexandra Bracken

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Star rating: 5 ⭐ / 5 ⭐

Synopsis: from StoryGraph

Her name will be legend

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.

General information: This book was published in January 2020 by Disney-Hyperion Books.

My thoughts:

Wow!! This book had me hooked!!

It’s about 480 pages, much longer than my usual physical reads, but I could barely put it down. Especially towards the end- the plot took some twists that I did not expect, and it kept me guessing in a way that I loved.

The main characters are all amazing, especially Lore and Castor, my favorites. I loved the found family aspect of the book- and Miles, sweet cinnamon roll Miles. Ugh. I just loved them all. I especially loved Lore’s character arc, and where she ended up. I felt that was done really well.

The plot moved along at a quick pace, despite the length of the book, which I appreciated. It was done really well; like I said, the plot twists kept me guessing, and the way some of the mysteries were resolved had me internally screaming. (In a good way).

There was a lot of upfront information, and certainly a base knowledge of Greek mythology helps when starting this book, but I felt the author did a good job of explaining everything. Even if you’re not overly familiar with Greek mythology, you’d probably still be able to enjoy this book.

Overall, I hugely enjoyed this book and will probably reread it in the future. I’m really glad that I preordered a copy! I highly recommend this book to fans of Greek mythology, urban fantasy, The Hunger Games, and other YA staples. It has good crossover appeal, though, as YA fantasy isn’t usually my thing, but I really enjoyed this one.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!