Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Last living member of the House of Persides, Melora Perseous had forsaken the Agon years ago. The hunt not only stole her family from her but further crippled the stature of the Persides in the eyes of the other bloodlines. Now, faced with the choice to help her childhood best friend and goddess Athena, Lore takes up the mantle to defeat the man who murdered her loved ones.

Lore is the Greek mythology-inspired fantasy fiction of my dreams! It has an adventurous quest, a battle for glory, heartwarming friendships, and descendants wielding the power of gods & goddesses.

Alexandra Bracken’s writing has never disappointed me before. And this one was no different in that regard. She weaves an intricate world of divine manifestations, extinction of bloodlines, inheritance & quests. The idea underlying the story is such a unique one that it took me a while to fully wrap my mind around the premise.

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Because there’s so much that’s new about the plot points and such depth to the establishing chapters, a part of me wanted to relish it slowly. But then the adventure kicks in, and all the action-packed sequences rush to the forefront.

Keep in mind that there are a few romanised Greek words used in the narration. It did confound me at times. But it also made the storytelling much more authentic.

I didn’t particularly like Lore’s character. But that matter was made insignificant by her friendship with Castor and Miles. She’s nearly too brash for someone who displays a great deal of guilt over her past actions. Instead of Lore’s character arc, it was Caster’s journey, Miles’ contribution to the plot, and Van’s characterisation that I liked.

There are quite a few twists and turns in the book. It reminded me a lot of the TV series, The 100. In the sense, there are many morally grey characters, and it becomes difficult to ascertain who is loyal to who.

The very depiction of the houses of Greek gods & goddesses made the novel engaging. And the whole challenge issued by Zeus just elevated the story. If there were novels surrounding one individual’s story from each of the bloodlines, I’d be here for it! But so far, it seems to be a standalone work.

Anyway, I’d highly recommend Lore to fans of Greek mythology, fantasy fiction, and adventure novels.

Published by Meera Nair

A 27 year-old freelance Content Writer, who spends all her free time ensconced in the pages of a book or writing to her heart's content about topics that excite the creative spirit in her.

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