He may not want my help, but he’s going to get it anyway.
I can’t cope with a world in which he disappears for good.

Kyra in ‘The Woken Gods’

There is not much left of the Washington D.C. we know today in seventeen-year-old Kyra Locke’s hometown. The cause for this almost dystopian vision of a world in chaos is not at war or a natural disaster. No power-crazed human being has taken over the country but a bunch of gods from different mythologies for instance Greek, Egyptian, Norse, Sumerian or Indian.

These gods of ancient mythology awoke five years ago around the world and most of them combine some very bad (in)human character traits in themselves – they are deadly, striving for power, self-centeredness and deviousness. Only the mysterious Society of the Sun seems to be able to keep the goods in check, sometimes in the light, more often in the shadows.

Kyra’s biggest problem, however, are not the gods but her family. Her Mom has left them and is living in Oracle Row and her Dad seems to be a permanent trigger of rebellion for Kyra. Most of the time he is busy and not at home but when he is they often disagree and bicker. For this reason Kyra pretends that she could very well be on her own without her father and do whatever she wants. But when her overly respectable father really disappears she is not willing to give him up. He is charged with high treason because it seems that he has stolen an extremely powerful and dangerous Egyption relic from the Society of the Sun.

With the help of some old and new friends Kyra sets off to get to know what might be behind all this. Soon, she learns that there are a lot of secrets around her family and her own past. Although she is very hurt and disappointed of her father, again, she knows that she needs to find and rescue him, no matter what the cost. She has to face monsters and powerful gods and some unexpected enemies. Sometimes it’s hard for her to tell friend from foe especially when she discovers that she is part of a major prophecy and every wrong step of her can be deadly for herself, her friends and family and even for the whole world.

As a huge fan of Rick Riordan’s stories around ancient mythologies I couldn’t keep my fingers off Gwenda Bond’s ‘The Woken Gods’. I was very curious about Bond’s way of dealing with the idea of Gods walking among modern people and now that I’ve read the book I am absolutely not disappointed. ‘The Woken Gods’ can be compared with Riordan’s stories but they are not like ‘Percy Jackson’ or the ‘Kane Chronicles’ at all and I mean this in the best way. The story is not some cheap imitation – Bond has created a world of her own with menacing and humourless gods and political intrigues. The characters are interesting and not always predictable and the author takes the reader on a high-paced adventure full of tension that keeps you hooked to the protagonist’s story. At the end, Gwenda Bond leaves a lot of room for open questions. I am not sure if this book is the opening of a series; it has a satisfying conclusion for a stand-alone novel but the story could easily be developed further. Dear Ms Bond, please continue the story around the ancient gods. Count me in as a reader for the sequel!

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Strange Chemistry (September 3, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908844256
ISBN-13: 978-1908844255

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