Review of Ungodly by Kendare Blake

By: Kendare Blake
Release Date: September 22nd 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: Print ARC
Source: Gift from author

My Rating:

As ancient immortals are left reeling, a modern Athena and Hermes search the world for answers in the final Goddess War novel by the acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood

For the Goddess of Wisdom, what Athena didn’t know could fill a book. That’s what Ares said.

So she was wrong about some things. So the assault on Olympus left them beaten and scattered and possibly dead. So they have to fight the Fates themselves, who, it turns out, are the source of the gods’ illness. And sure, Athena is stuck in the underworld, holding the body of the only hero she has ever loved.

But Hermes is still topside, trying to power up Andie and Henry before he runs out of time and dies, or the Fates arrive to eat their faces.

And Cassandra is up there somewhere too. On a quest for death. With the god of death.

Just because things haven’t gone exactly according to plan, it doesn’t mean they’ve lost. They’ve only mostly lost. And there’s a big difference.

My Thoughts:
I am so in love with Blake’s writing and her ability to write gruesome things and yet make them seem beautiful. This series has been wonderfully executed and this last book might just be my favorite of the three.

The story picks up where the others left off and Athena, Cassandra and crew are still searching for answers and trying to pick up the pieces after the battle on Olympus. Once again the writing was strong and the pacing fast. The action scenes were amazingly detailed and we get to venture into the character’s emotions.

Ungodly really ventured into Cassandra’s story and how everything that has happened changed who she is and what she wants. I’ve always felt a tad detached from Cassandra but in this story that changed. A new character was introduced, Thanatos, that I absolutely fell in love with. The interactions and chemistry between these two was one of my favorite aspects of the story. I only wish they had had more page time together. Somehow reading about Cassandra’s interactions with Thanatos gave me an emotional connection I’d not had previously. Honestly, their chapters were some of my favorites.

Athena was still a badass though she struggled with guilt for the haphazard battle on Olympus. Maybe for the first time in her existence she really struggled with knowing her place and role. I have really enjoyed watching Athena delve into her emotions and begin to accept her feeling towards other characters. I loved her character arc across all three books. Really, all the characters are incredible and I love them all. I was even able to find some love for Ares and his hell hounds.

I’d say that the pacing was about the same as with the prior books and really this conclusion was what I wanted it to be. Some things are left unanswered 100% but enough is alluded to that you can easily guess at some of the outcomes. I do think I’ll be wondering what happens to each characters years from the final showdown.

Final Thoughts:
As always I adored Blake’s writing and characters. The mythology thrown into a modern setting was done amazingly well even inspiring me to do some Google searches on some lesser known gods. I think it’s obvious that Kendare Blake is a favorite of mine and an auto-buy author. Do look for her next book, Three Dark Crowns, coming from Harper in 2016.



  1. says

    Glad you were able to get a copy!

    I am really looking forward to this book. It is such a great series and the research that the author obviously did definitely shows. Can’t wait to read it!

    • says

      I really enjoyed it and yes, Kendare must have done a lot of research to create such realistic, vivid representations of gods and goddesses. I adore her writing so much <3

  2. says

    Yaaay 😀 Stunning review Kristen. <3 I'm so glad that you loved this book so much 😀 You make it seem awesome. Sigh. I cannot wait to get to read Ungodly as well 🙂 I too love Kendare so so much. Her writing is goorgeous 🙂 Yay for being happy with the characters and the ending 🙂 Thank you for sharing your thoughts sweetie. <3 More excited to read this book 😉 (I have always been excited for it, though, lol. <3)

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