Title: The Goddess Inheritance
Author: Aimée Carter
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
During nine months of captivity, Kate has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her, until Cronus offers a deal. In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if she agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother, and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead. With the fate of everyone resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.
The Goddess Inheritance is a powerful and emotional end to a series steeped in myth and unimaginable power. Everything is on the line this time, not just Kate's fate, not Henry's, but everyone's, and one wrong move could send the world crumbling.
It starts so quickly, straight into the story, straight into Kate and the raw, seething hatred she feels towards Cronus and Calliope, as well at the love she has for her unborn child. This felt so different from the previous books, so raw and emotional, so brutal and evil and miserable. Kate is so close to tearing herself apart at the thought of having to make a decision, not willing to give up Henry or their baby. Or her own life.
Kate has become so strong over the course of the series, she's powerful in her own right, but she's still so young compared to the others. She's still weak and fragile, still thinking like she's mortal. She will have to overcome so much and risk everything to save the people she loves.
Family is important in this book, in this series. As she battles against Cronus and Calliope, she won't give up the idea of finally having a family, of having people close to her whom she cares about and who care about her. Everything is focused on that, and when Calliope tries to rip it from her hands, when Cronus keeps her from it, Kate fights back with everything she has.
Fans of the series might be sad to see it end, but the author gives it such a powerful and heartbreaking finale. Every movement carries weight behind it, and there are plots upon plots circling everyone in an attempt to either save everyone or to destroy everything that stands in the way. Kate has to dig deep, push every thought from her mind, and make the difficult decision. Or else no one who she loves will be left standing.
(I received an e-galley to review from Harlequin through NetGalley.)