Lore

Alexandra Bracken

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous fast-paced

480 pages | first published 2021

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.

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Moods

adventurous 93%
tense 63%
dark 54%
emotional 40%
mysterious 29%
challenging 16%
inspiring 10%
funny 9%
sad 9%
hopeful 3%
informative 3%
reflective 1%

Pace

medium 48%
fast 44%
slow 7%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Plot: 33% | Character: 6%

Strong character development?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 12% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 29% | No: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 72% | No: 16% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 5%

Average rating

4.19