Lore by Alexandra Bracken


by Alexandra Bracken

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love, and redemption.

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals. They are 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, turning her back on the hunt's promises of eternal glory after her family was murdered by a rival line. 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 her out: Castor, a childhood friend Lore believed to be dead, and Athena, one of the last of the original gods, now gravely wounded.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and a way to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore's decision to rejoin the hunt, binding her fate to Athena's, will come at a deadly cost-and it may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.

Reviewed by Leigha on

3 of 5 stars


I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lore Perseous attempts to flee her past only for it to come full circle in this sorta young adult romance.

Lore was rage personified. While she had moments of clarity and insight, the majority of the novel focuses on her inability to look beyond her own volatile emotions and her misguided impulsive actions. She goes down a rabbit hole of her own making, but eventually pulls herself out of her own self-destructive cycle. I didn’t particularly like her most of the time, but I did respect Lore’s journey into the darkest part of herself and eventual redemption.

The world-building was utterly confusing. Someone with a knowledge of Greek mythology will probably not be nearly as confused by all of the houses, gods, and mythos packed into it. Violence, gore, and sexual assault all make an appearance – I’m amazed this is not being marketed as New Adult rather than Young Adult. While several romances develop over the course of the novel, the true romance is the setting. New York is written about in loving detail, whether it be the trash on the street or the indomitable spirit of the people.

It does have two positives – it’s a standalone and that book cover is on point!

tl;dr While I may not have loved the story, I did respect Lore’s journey into the darkest part of herself and eventual redemption.

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Reading updates

  • 12 September, 2020: Started reading
  • 12 September, 2020: on page 0 out of 480 0%
  • 12 September, 2020: on page 34 out of 480 7%
    Miles must be protected at all costs!
  • 12 September, 2020: on page 53 out of 480 11%
    I am drowning in Greek terminology. The what to the who to the why?
  • 12 September, 2020: on page 82 out of 480 17%
    Flashbacks can sometimes interrupt the flow and pace of a story. This is the first one - hopefully it is short, sweet, and to the point.
  • 12 September, 2020: on page 178 out of 480 37%
    The ARCs formatting could use lots of work, but I’ve seen more problematic ones where the text was almost unreadable.
  • 12 September, 2020: on page 192 out of 480 40%
    Ares is always the bad guy. I get it, I really do, but it would be interesting if one of the other gods were the baddies.
  • 12 September, 2020: on page 202 out of 480 42%
    Eww creepy guy alert. 😐
  • 12 September, 2020: on page 254 out of 480 53%
    Well...I didn’t see that coming!
  • 13 September, 2020: on page 374 out of 480 78%
    This turn of events is not surprising.
  • 13 September, 2020: on page 432 out of 480 90%
    Well...that sounds terribly prophetic.
  • 13 September, 2020: Finished reading
  • 24 October, 2020: Reviewed