Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry’s first wife, Persephone.
Goddess Interrupted picks up from the characterization of The Goddess Hunt and has us in autumn – when Kate is returning back to the Underworld and her husband, Henry aka Hades. She has had a summer exploring Greece with her best friend James, and now that she is back she is nervous and excited to begin her life as the Queen of the Underworld. Unfortunately, Calliope has revenge on her mind and her plans have come to fruition in the form of Cronus, the Titans, who have been known to be evil in every myth. On the brink of war, she starts questioning what she is to the gods and what her roles are.
Look, I like a heroine who demands or fights for her love, who doesn’t let herself be relegated to the sidelines, but having an existential crisis and questioning her eternity-long marriage right around the time the world is going to hell, and the gods are going to be killed? Nope, you just earned a place on the whiny-ass wall. Let me begin by saying I don’t defend Henry’s actions – he is mostly cold to her, and only warms up when he realizes she did not have any fling with James (despite him saying he would be fine with it if she wanted to pursue other romantic entanglements in her time off) – but it was also contradictory to his POV at the end of The Goddess Hunt, when he had decided to let her know how much he loved her, despite knowing she had been out with James all summer. So, him being out of character was an understatement, especially with the progress they had made at the end of The Goddess Test. She then proceeding to whine about it for roughly two-thirds of the book, and James playing on her insecurities for half that time made this absolutely miserable to read through in the first half.
The second half, when they managed to evade Cronus and come back was still littered with her jealousy over Persephone, and the latter wasn’t helping as well. It was probably an important arc to bring up Kate’s insecurity over being born just to be a bride to Henry, but that coupled with the romantic angst – unbearable! On the other hand, I liked that the god characters were closer to their Olympian personalities, and they admitted their relaxed stance on sex – which kind of counters their prudish reaction to the events of The Goddess Test. It makes me think that the series wasn’t constructed clearly enough, and the villain certainly shows that. A woman who is doing it out of jealousy towards a woman doesn’t make for the best feminist story – when the plot is trying to show Kate the light and path to self-actualization in the other parts. It also doesn’t help that female friendships are sorely lacking in this series – most of the women are ready to claw each other out.
Overall, I was more on the fence about this book – it clearly suffers from sequel syndrome, a plot that relies too much on our heroine complaining throughout most of the book, and not much progress until the climax, where the actual interesting things happen. 2.5 stars.