26 Dec 2022

Review: LORE by Alexandra Bracken


Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: N/A
Source: Audio from Audible
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: January 5, 2021

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Representation: gay side character

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, 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.
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Content Warning: murder (including graphic murder of children and murder of parents), death, misogyny, gore, terminal illness, abuse, arranged marriage, paedophilia and child sexual abuse mentioned, attempted rape.

Wow I was blown away by this one! This had all the elements I love about updating mythology and incorporating it into our real world today. This is like a more adult version of Percy Jackson with Hunger Games vibes and I was totally here for it.

This would definitely not be for every reader, but as someone who studied Greek mythology in university, I absolutely loved this! So many great elements of incorporating the original gods and the way that power transfers and mythology reigns. I loved seeing Athena as her actual depiction and there was just so much goodness in this.

The flashbacks were such a good touch and I'm glad we jumped into this with two full feet instead of being led into it or having the main character have a "secret" heritage. Lore knew what she was getting into! And while I didn't always agree with Lore's choices, they made sense for her as a character, especially once we learned more about the past.

If you liked Red Rising, I bet you'll enjoy this!

Have you read this book? Are you going to pick this up?


  1. "Lore" by Alexandra Bracken is a thrilling and captivating read that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good fantasy adventure with a strong heroine and a well-crafted plot.

  2. I recently read LORE by Alexandra Bracken and I absolutely loved it! It's a captivating story that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I was especially impressed with the world-building and the strong characters. The plot was gripping and the twists and surprises kept me engaged throughout. If you're looking for an exciting read, I highly recommend giving LORE a try!

  3. This book is a must-read! I found LORE to be a stunningly imaginative and captivating story. The characters were realistic and their motivations felt believable. It was exciting to watch their adventures unfold across the pages. The writing was vivid and made me feel like I was right there, experiencing the same emotions as the characters. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a thrilling read!


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