Lore ― Alexandra Bracken ― “Power does not transform you, he’d said. It only reveals you.”

book review inkish kingdoms lore alexandra bracken

“Alexandra Bracken mixes the savagery of Greek mythology and old Greece with the brutality of New York City.”

Inkish Kingdoms

There are many ways to describe Lore. People have said this is The Hunger Games meeting Percy Jackson, but I will describe it as savage, romantic, Greek, mythological, outstanding, and a page-turner.

Zeus cursed the gods to be hunted by the families of the old heroes who once served the gods, and, now, any mother that gets to kill one can claim their power.

Lore cover. White medusa with one golden eye open and LORE in gold letters.

The novel starts strong with the main character having illegal fights for money while the reader wonders who all those new characters are. Although confusing at times, Bracken manages to construct a series of events that slowly unwrap while Lore and Castor run for their lives. The novel follows a distributed chapter structure present and flashbacks that slowly reveals the truths of Melora’s past and the mysteries of the present. Alexandra also tries to cover topics like patriarchy to defy the chauvinistic traits that plague these Greek stories. She quickly ventures to give justice to Medusa’s tragedy and questions the status of injustice and unfairness of their and our world. However, these topics could be explored further since they did not quite get anywhere.

This is the type of book that you have to get in Hardcover!

The level of violence, although not explicit, gives the novel a tone of Adult Fiction instead of Young Adult, and I would have loved to see the characters being a few years older and out of their teenage threshold. Although my initial take of the first chapters of the novel, which I got from Netgalley, Miles was the pocket gay with an addition to sugary food, highly characteristic of teenagers. However, in the full novel, I was able to see more of this character: a tattooed Korean American student on an internship who loves the New York City. I would have liked to see Alexandra developing more besides just the sidekick the main character has to protect.

Lore cover. White medusa with one golden eye open and LORE in gold letters.

The story carries weight from the old gods and the old stories. A sillage of what they used to be and only a few standing, and I understand that was her vision to, maybe, avoid repetition. I would have enjoyed more displays of holy or unholy power. I do not see this getting a sequel but maybe a prequel, about one of the new or old gods. Overall, woth the hype and a great story to keep you entertained.

book review inkish kingdoms lore alexandra bracken

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