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.
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And you already thought the Greek myths were outrageous? Fantasy master Alexandra Bracken puts her imaginative spin on the figures of ancient mythology, pitting them in a battle royal known as the Agon, held once every seven years. During the Agon, nine individuals from the pantheon of gods are banished to Earth, made mortal, and forced to fight all comers. Whoever succeeds in killing a god wins their immortality—and their seat on Mount Olympus. This fantastically brutal setup puts a modern Hunger Games–type spin on the oldest of tales, dialing up the unexpected betrayals and high-stakes excitement. Lovers of mythology will get an extra kick out of this fresh take, but don’t worry if you’re not up on your Greek gods. Ultimately, the world of Lore is wildly new and totally unexpected.
With ambitious worldbuilding and breakneck pacing, Bracken's (the Passenger series) standalone novel blends Greek mythology and modern-day Manhattan. After her family is brutally murdered, Melora Perseous, known as Lore, is the last of the mortal Perseides. Training in New York City as an underground fighter, Lore lives undetected from those who seek her family's shield, the aegis, which is "the envy of all the other bloodlines." When the Agon occurs the seven days every seven years when gods can be murdered for their powers Lore is thrust into a world she would rather avoid, taking friend Miles and childhood pal Castor, now Apollo, with her. Teaming up with Athena to thwart a wrathful villain intent on killing off the gods, Lore balances achieving her destiny kleos, or legendary honor with mourning her family. Employing crafty nods to ancient epics ("Seven years stretched between them like the wine-dark sea") alongside gritty action sequences and violence, including sexual assault, Bracken cuts tense moments with Lore's backstory, told in illuminating flashbacks. With its inventive combinations of technology and magic, Bracken's lively take on Greek mythology is an entertaining joyride. Ages 14 up. \n