The 2.5th book of the Goddess Tes series, The Goddess Legacy by Aimée Carter, chronologically follows the stories of the powerful Greek gods and goddesses, Hera, Aphrodite, Persephone, Hermes, and Hades, from a time before the Goddess Test series.
*Proud and ambitious Hera, struggles to make herself queen and to be treated equally, but the only way to do that is to marry Zeus, who is known for his cavorting ways. Staying loyal to your partner is something she greatly values and she also has feelings for someone else, but that person is growing more distant each day. Which will come first? Her power, her beliefs, or her heart?
*Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, and lust so it’s only natural that these three points come naturally to her. But when she starts loving two people at once, nobody understands her. Can the goddess of love herself choose between love?
*The dark and gloom of the Underworld is no place for bright and sunny Persephone, the goddess of spring growth. Trapped in a miserable marriage and stuck in a world without the sun, Persephone cannot return the love that Hades feels for her. Realizing this, Hades gives her what she craves most- her freedom. For half the year, Persephone is free to go back to Earth and do as she pleases. Will this merely be a breather for her, or is she planning to do so much more?
*After an incident with Persephone, Hermes is given the cold shoulder by the Council of deities. But minor gods and goddesses keep mysteriously disappearing and the Council is forced to turn to Hermes for help. Hermes embarks on a journey not just for the survival of his family, but for recognition and acceptance for himself as well. Surprisingly, he finds out that the cause of all this isn’t so sinister after all.
*Hades, the god of the Underworld, had everything ripped away from him when his wife, Persephone, left. Dreading the eternity that lies before him , Hades makes the choice to fade. But the Council is reluctant and they make him a deal. Will the Council succeed on time, or will they fail, resulting in Hades fading from existence?
I have loved Greek mythology ever since I was a child and I knew all the tales front and back. Or so I thought. These versions are completely different and I was shocked at the perspectives, but I enjoyed the spin put on these even more. Technically, this book comes before the others, but personally, I found it better to read the Goddess Test series first. It’s like looking into a foggy mirror: you see certain parts but not the whole picture, then suddenly it’s wiped away and everything becomes clear. You understand the characters’ motivations, and their backgrounds. Suddenly, the victim doesn’t seem so innocent after all, and the villain isn’t quite so cruel. No matter who you are, this book is a must-read for all.