2021 Book Review Book Reviews Fantasy


Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Rating: 2 out of 5.


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.


The book Lore was based on a very creative and original idea, but the execution was not as good. I feel like the story was very chaotic and confusing. Some aspects of the story were not explained well and left you to fill in the gaps on your own. There were definitely some fuzzy parts in the author’s descriptions of locations and flashbacks throughout the entire book. Another issue I had with this book is how the author incorporated characters at random times. She would introduce us to a new character halfway through the story only to make them leave in the next scene. It was very random and confusing at times.

Despite these setbacks, there were some good parts in this story as well. The banter that would go on between Lore and Van was entertaining and fun. The way Alexandra Bracken incorporated Greek gods and structured the Agon was a fresh twist on fantasy.


Lore Perseus started out as an awesome character who knew how to take care of herself, but then as the story progressed I feel like she started to loose herself. She started relying on others a lot, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the way she would was so out of line for her original personality. I feel like I couldn’t really sympathize or connect to any of the characters. I wasn’t feeling a connection to anyone in particular, but if I had to choose one character as my favorite I would definitely choose Miles. He was the only character who seemed to have a consistent personality with no random changes that was considered “character development”. He was generally a very lovable and sweet person. A setback I had with all the characters in general was the lack of true character development. The most change you would see was very out of character and didn’t seem to fit each personality.


In the end, I think this book was a victim of high expectations. This book was hyped up so much when it was released that I was expecting way too much out of it. The idea that Greek gods were punished by being hunted down by man is very creative, but wasn’t enough to save the overall story and characters. I know others liked this book, but it really wasn’t for me.

Let’s chat:
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