Hera, Queen of Gods – Goddess Unbound #1 – T.D. Thomas
Release Date: October 3rd, 2012
Age Group: Young-Adult
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Hera couldn’t care less what the other gods think, even when it’s about her. And it often is. Frankly, Hera couldn’t care less about anything, except doing her duty as queen – protecting order and defending the mortal world against any threats. But when the Fates go missing, Hera and a handful of other gods must temporarily become mortal to search the human world for the missing goddesses.
Hera finds that mortality begins to change her. It’s not just the loss of her divine powers. She expected that. It’s deeper somehow. It’s affecting how she thinks, how she feels, what’s important to her. And it gets much worse after she meets Justin, who defies every prejudice she once had
about mortals. At the worst possible time, and despite all her efforts, Hera’s black-and-white world starts to unravel.
Torn between who she’s becoming and who she needs to be in order to fulfill her duty, Hera must survive a horde of murderous creatures sent to exploit her new weakness. In the end, only Hera can stop a traitorous plot conceived by a secret alliance of ancient and new enemies, a plot that threatens to destroy not only the order Hera is sworn to protect, but all of existence itself.
Despite the Percy Jackson feel, T.D. Knows how to separate his story from this popular series and give it a spirit of its own.
This is a common trait in YA however, even in what young adults consider the better books (I mostly don’t agree with them) so I guess most YA readers won’t mind.
The characters are worked out in a rather special way. Hera was fleshed out the best, but that’s logical since she’s our main character. Justin had a lot of “fog” hanging around his character, I couldn’t really place him most of the time. But that cleared up a bit while the story evolved. Demeter and Athena were two examples of characters that had a distinct personality from the very beginning, but Apollo and Artemis needed a little more time to show some of their personalities and in the end they were a lot less fleshed out then the previously named characters.
Also, this is the first book I’ve ever read that doesn’t use italics, but underlining to emphasize words in a sentence. This can get a bit too much sometimes, but this got better nearing the end.
Overall, the story was just too long in my opinion. Nearly 600 pages for a rather simple story is just too much and was filled mostly with fighting scene after fighting scene, which were very well written, but got too repetitive. It seemed like every time the characters got anywhere they were attacked, again and again and again.
Conclusion: for a younger audience this is a really ok book, I think lots of younger people will enjoy it. I enjoyed it too, but it was too long, a bit to repetitive and too simple to wow me. It was definitely too much YA for me, but again, that doesn’t mean teens won’t like it. I’ve read far worse, even published and extremely popular titles, but I’ve also read far better YA books. This one’s somewhere in between.