Book Review: Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Reviewed: April 30th, 2021
Release Date: January 7th, 2021 (Fairyloot ed.)

A lifetime ago, Lore Perseous left behind the brutal, opulent world of the Agon families – ancient Greek bloodlines that participate in a merciless game every seven years. A game that is about to begin again …

For centuries, Zeus has punished the gods with a game called the Agon, which turns them mortal for one week, and at the mercy of being hunted by those with godly ambitions. Only a handful of the original Greek gods remain, the rest replaced by the mortals who killed them and ascended. 

After her family’s sadistic murder by a rival bloodline, Lore escapes and vows to repay her parents’ sacrifice by doing one thing – surviving. For seven years, she has pushed back dark thoughts of revenge against the man responsible for their murder, a man by the name of Wrath who has attained unimaginable power. Except for one week, every seven years. A week that is fast approaching …

Helen’s thoughts:

What an enjoyable read! A wonderful blend of modern-day New York and the gods of Olympia. Plenty of action, fighting, and plot twists to keep you entertained. Combine that with a strong heroine who is battling her own demons as she tries to live a normal life, and you have an exciting adventure.

Her life becomes a lot more complicated when she finds an injured god on the steps to her home, and she is dragged back into the Agon. A seven yearly hunt where mortals can kill the gods. Not that Lore is interested in becoming a god, nor wants anything to do with them, but that was before she became a god magnet.

You don’t really need to know much about Greek mythology to enjoy this book, though be warned the gods and their houses and the multiple names they go by can get a bit confusing.

 This book is so well written, you don’t really notice the writing itself, as you are caught up in the snarky dialogue, the gods expectations and the realities they ignore. Lore, Castor, Miles and Van are wonderful characters, in fact I wish there had been more of Miles and Van, there was so much opportunity for misunderstandings and budding relationships.

Overall a recommended read. I buddy read this with my daughter and every now and then my phone would ping and there would be an OMG!! As a new plot twist evolved. I think being able to discuss the developments and the characters as you read, is so much fun! You should try it.

About the author:

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Darkest Minds series and Passenger. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study English and History at The College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in the publishing industry, she now writes full time. You can visit her online at or on Twitter (@alexbracken).

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