• Brook Beorn

Honestly...unsure how I feel about the ending

Quest of the Goddess by Laura Greenwood is a book that I downloaded to my Kindle when I was basically surfing through looking for books that sounded interesting. I found that the concept of this book interesting and thought why not. I had not heard of the author before and have been trying to go outside of my normal book choices.

I found the first point of view of this book hard to follow at times. It would have been easier if Hathor’s character had been more interested in the things around her. She also seemed very fixated on the myths of her relationships and this comes out in many places as the book goes forward. I will admit that I don’t know a lot about the Egyptian God pantheon and this book did make me want to look into it more closely.

The story was very choppy in how the story develops. I got to chapter 8 and still was confused as to why Hathor would care at all about what humans assume about her, the belief that Horus is her son which according to this is not the case. Also I was unsure why any of the Gods would care as to what Seth was up to as they are not in “control” of things the way that they once were. It is pointed out by Hathor later that Seth is always trying to stir up chaos so it is hard to see why this time is more important that any of the others.

When Ma’at first comes to Hathor and tells her of the problem with Seth it seemed like it was assumed the reader would know why this was an issue. I don’t know enough about the Egyptian gods to know exactly why this would be a problem. Also it is made clear that Hathor has been hiding herself away from the world for at least 1,000 years, yet she has dedicated temples and those who instantly know her, which just seems odd to me as a reader.

The part of the book where Amun is showing Hathor who she really is, is quite touching. As a goddess she should feel powerful and above many things, but she wasn’t above crying and feeling hurt by someone being cruel to her. It was a moment of weakness and strength for the character that helped to develop her more as a character as well as set up the possibility of a relationship between her and Amun.

The dialogue that the author uses is actually quite good in places. I can see from Hathor’s point of view how she relates to others and sees how they relate to her. It is one of those that I am not sure was best written from a first person point of view, but as Hathor is a goddess I can see why it would be her point of view.

The interpersonal relationships of the gods with each other is interesting to think about. As with any set of multi-gods they all have their own imagery or things that they are known for, some better than others. Hathor being the goddess of sexuality and beauty comes out a lot in the story as if it should have some effect on the outcome of the situations that they are in.

Overall I liked the book. It is part of a trilogy, so I will have to consider reading further when I have time. I also think that I need to look at the Egyptian gods again to refresh myself in their inner workings and mythos.

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