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Publisher's Summary

From the number one New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a high-octane story of power, destiny and redemption. A lifetime ago, Lore Perseous left behind the brutal, opulent world of the Agon families - ancient Greek bloodlines that participate in a merciless game every seven years. A game that is about to begin again....

For centuries, Zeus has punished the gods with a game called the Agon, which turns them mortal for one week and at the mercy of being hunted by those with godly ambitions. Only a handful of the original Greek gods remain, the rest replaced by the mortals who killed them and ascended.

After her family's sadistic murder by a rival bloodline, Lore escapes and vows to repay her parents' sacrifice by doing one thing - surviving. For seven years, she has pushed back dark thoughts of revenge against the man responsible for their murder, a man by the name of Wrath who has attained unimaginable power. Except for one week, every seven years. A week that is fast approaching....

When Lore comes home on the first night of the Agon to find Athena gravely wounded on her doorstep, the goddess offers her an alliance; they have a mutual enemy, after all. But as the world trembles under the force of Wrath - a god with the power to destroy all of humanity - will Lore's decision to bind her fate with Athena's come back to haunt her?

©2021 Alexandra Bracken (P)2021 Buena Vista Book Inc.

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Started great, the was a let down

I was really loving this book right up till the two third’s point where something was revealed and everything because very two dimensional. It was really disappointing. The climax also felt very cringey - people stood around and did dialogue where realistically they would not have, while some characters just didn’t do anything for bits when they really should have taken action instead of waiting for their turn to speak.

I was really loving this book until I wasn’t, which was a shame. I would probably read it again, but don’t know if I would do so more than once (I want to give it the benefit of a physical book read as I do better with that medium). I would recommend, but caution to expect the second half of the book in particular to feel rough around the edges and a bit messy.

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back and forth

Its not that I hate flashbacks, they are a good way to engage the readers and build depth to a character- however it was really over done in this book. it seemed like it was constantly back and forth, which made me lose interest. the performance of the audio book was great however, her voice was very calming, but portrayed the characters emotions well.

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interesting fantasy world

loved the narration it kept me going when parts of the story felt clunky.

loved the general concepts of the story though I was frustrated with how forced some of the storylines were.

would have loved more of Tidemaker than we got.

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Lore

God's, Goddesses and warriors

This book has it all, power, mayhem and a whole lot of sarcasm.
From start to finish you will be enchanted and compelled to keep reading, fast paced and witty humor you will love every second.

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Character live

Well I loved the characters and became totally invested in their journeys. It only took a while to work out who all the Gods were. Maybe I should have done some prior reading before listening!!

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Found it difficult to get into at the start. I felt that it was hard to understand what was happening and to follow along. I stuck at it and it wasn't a bad story in the end.

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  • 01-07-2021

A cool plot with a unique setting

The world has a a nice setup, the characters are surprisingly flushed out, would've like more mythical creatures but overall a pretty fun read/listen, narrator is pretty good

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  • Alice
  • 19-04-2021

Best book I have read in a while

I won’t spoil the plot here, the book is amazing! It has a wonderful storyline and well made characters, I don’t generally leave many reviews, however I had to with this one! Thoroughly recommend it!

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  • Marc Moncrieff
  • 04-06-2021

Great concept, poorly executed

Whilst the underlying concept is a novel and intelligent twist on the Greek mythology stories I loved as a child, unfortunately the Woke brigade have got their foot in here and made it seriously annoying.
Further, the writing style is so clichéd, it seems to have been written by a teenager rather than about one. I lost count of the number of times the lead character, Lore "...felt her throat tighten", "...her heart thump", "...her vision darken" and "...sensed (whatever) from the depths of her soul."
I really struggle to reconcile this as a best-seller as the synopsis claimed.

The narrator does her best but poor Fryda is ultimately let down by the substandard text.

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  • Sophia Maria Nicolopoulos
  • 05-07-2021

Disappointing story, very good narration!

I'm so sad for this book. It didn't live up to its hype for me mostly because there was zero character development and too much plot to truly enjoy it. The Greek Pantheon is an oversaturated topic and unfortunately, once again, a mediocre book is hailed as a YA hit.
I didn't connect with anyone and the main heroine had a very flat voice. There was too much detail and fluff for no apparent reason. The book had only an original premise and nothing more.

The narration was decent though and if it wasn't for the voice actor, I wouldn't be able to finish this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-12-2021

a good listen.

it's was really good, enjoyed it, the world building lacked a little, you needed to know the myths to all the names and references.

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  • Nazeema Derbas
  • 13-10-2021

The narrator is so talented

This narrator was so good at changing her voice and delivering all the different characters. She made the story even more interesting.

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  • Dean Vallender
  • 11-10-2021

tedious

i very rarely give up on a book, and I really tried with this, but i made it to chapter 12 and then decided I just didn't care about anyone in it and found the plot too waffley to hold my attention. maybe it picks up but I really didn't feel it was worth investing any more of my time into.

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  • Dan Sands
  • 21-08-2021

Lore

One of my favourite audiobooks purchased so far - Fryda Wolff was the perfect choice of narrator and I look forward to reading more Alexandra Bracken in the future.

It is quite lengthy and there are many characters and details to keep in mind as the story progresses but the ending pays off for the patience - a good of character development transpires by the culmination for several of the key characters.

My only issue was with Lores age, which is 17 at the begining of this Agon, and I can't help but feel it would have been that much better if she had been 24.

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  • Vinny Khan
  • 14-07-2021

What an incredible tail to be told!

I couldn’t stop reading and listening to this story. I wants sure if I would enjoy the Greek mythology retold in this way.. and how wrong was I! #MustRead

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  • vmanson21
  • 03-07-2021

For Greek mythology nerds

Prior knowledge of Greek mythology is helpful to fully understand and appreciate the story...but not essential. I listen to my books in the car and this made me drive slower and hope for traffic so I could listen more! haha! Really gripping storyline with yet another battle around every corner!

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  • sotron
  • 21-06-2021

great fun premise but ultimately disappointing

Was all up for loving this book and getting into some fun with greek mythology, but the writing was painfully average most of the time and the characters felt pretty flat..I was invested in a few, but Lore herself was hard to root for particularly through a series of obstacles and decisions that were so see-through as plot devices and so predictable that I found myself rolling my eyes multiple times. sad not to be able to rate this higher. For such a supposedly fun genre, it took me way,.way too long to finish and I found myself sighing at the thought of going back to listening. the narration work was decent, but also average and in some cases I didn't feel the voice work fit the characters and the scenarios.

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