Arc Review: Lore by Alexandra Bracken.

Not even the Spartans were Spartan, her father had told her. It’s not always the truth that survives, but the stories we wish to believe. The legends lie.

If you know me at all, then probably know that I’m currently a classics student. But I am also an avid fan of Alexandra Bracken’s previous works, especially The Darkest Minds. So when I heard she was writing a book based on greek myths I just knew i had to read it.

For the first half or so of the book I was kind of nervous about the way Bracken was taking the story, and I was having a hard time getting into it. But when I got to the second half I was hooked, Alexandra Bracken managed to capture my full attention once again. There’s just something about her way of storytelling and her narration that I love.

Galley was provided by the publisher through Netgalley.

Bracken’s ability to write characters is something I love so much, she’s able to make me root for whoever she wants me to, regardless of how they turn out in the end. Her portrayal of the gods and the relationship shared between the two was something that was very interesting to read. The gods feel almost humane in their inhumanity. We as a readers are able to relate to the gods and their motives despite not wanting to.

The mortal cast of characters in this book also shine through. Raised in a world where they’re trained to kill gods and each other; they’re traumatised and veering closer and closer to the inhumanity of the gods. It’s a very interesting dynamic too, this idea that humans can gain the powers of gods by killing them, but in the process they lose their humanity.

“But what’s the point of a selfish god?” he said. “Or… whatever it is that I am.”

As a classics student I of course also have to talk about the portrayal of the greek gods in this story. And I have to be honest I was kind of unsure about it at first. But I must say that by the end of the story I was completely on board with Bracken’s portrayal of them. Because it’s important to remember that the gods weren’t good. They weren’t virtuous. They were mirrors of the humans, and they acted like it too.

In my opinion Bracken managed to get this duality of all mighty, but still human, gods into her story in an amazing way. You can tell when reading the book and especially towards the end, that she did a good job with the research for this book. And that she really cared about making it as mythologically and historically correct as she was able to, and for that I must commend her.

Even the gods are bound by fate. Even the gods serve a master. I have done many things, among them lashing out at a weaker being when I did not have the strength to punish one more powerful than even myself.

So long story short I’ll definitely recommend you read Lore when it’s released on January 5th if you want an action-packed story with great romance, and based on Greek mythology.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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