Title: The Goddess Legacy
Author: Aimee Carter
Review: If you’re like me you have been enjoyed Aimee Carter’s Goddess Test series, but it has left with you several burning questions. For example, why did the Gods and Goddesses choose new names? How did Calliope get to be so evil and jaded? I could go on and on, but luckily, Aimee Carter has decided to answer some of those burning questions in The Goddess Legacy. This little gem contains five original novellas featuring five of the characters you love (and hate) from the series. I am always a bit hesitant to buy the .5 novellas and short stories that came out, but this one is definitely worth the read. You learn crucial information about characters AND it flows more like a novel than a collection of short stories. There may be a few minor spoilers in the remaining portion of this review if you have not read the first two books – be warned.
The first story, “The Goddess Queen”, sheds some light on Hera’s behavior. She is the character I love to hate in this series. The woman just oozes evil. This is the first time where I truly understood where she was coming from and I have to admit that I almost wish I didn’t know – now I feel almost sorry for her. Not only has she been seen as less because she’s female, but she’s also had to deal with being married to an adulterous jerk for thousands of years. That’s enough to make any woman a bit grumpy. It was nice to get insight into her bitterness and not just think of her as a jaded hag. I still don’t like her, but at least I understand her.
In the second tale, “The Lovestruck Goddess”, Aphrodite takes center stage. As always, the vixen is having trouble being faithful to just one man. Her affair with Ares is hot and heavy, but it comes to screeching halt when Zeus orders her to marry Hephaestus instead. Is it possible for Aphrodite to truly love two brothers at once? Which one will ultimately become her partner? I didn’t enjoy this one as much as Hera’s story and it really just recycled a lot of mythology I had already read. Aphrodite’s selfishness has always irked me and this story is no exception. My favorite element of this one was getting to watch Eros grow up and learn more about his gifts.
Next up is Persephone in “Goddess of the Underworld”. She is another character that I haven’t been extremely fond of during my time reading this series. Again, that crafty Aimee Carter explains Persephone’s attitude and actions in a way that made me feel sorry for her plight. I’m firmly convinced that Persephone’s treatment of Hades was not something she did of her own free will. Hmmm, I wonder how many other readers will agree with me. I also really enjoyed the segments of this one that dealt with the conflict between Persephone and Aphrodite. In the end, this was probably my favorite story in this set.