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Reviewed by Trisha Dawn Daffon for Readers' Favorite
"Hera, the Queen of Gods" tells the story of a mission to save the Fates and what the Greek Gods did to find them. After discovering the horror of this situation, Hera, Zeus and a handful of gods went down to the mortal world. Since this world is different from the Heavens, they have to inhabit human beings, particularly teenagers. After all of the gods were gathered, they immediately set out to find these missing goddesses. However, they have learned that the path to success is very dangerous and this has taken them off-guard. To add to their growing problems, a teenager named Justin was let in on their circle which means they have to protect him as well. Along this adventure, Hera finds herself confronting issues she has always fought against and she is also slowly being made mortal in feelings - something she has always thought she would never allow to happen. As they close in on finding the missing Fates, Hera faces the worst personal battle she has ever had and we become worried about how this can affect the very mission they came down for.
At first, I didn't think I would like it. I may see these Greek gods as both chaotic in personality and perfect in divination but I never saw them as the group needing to inhabit teenage bodies just to fulfill a mission in a place where they have made themselves. I simply thought, why not just go down and look for them? However, this story won me over because it exposes an unanswered 'what if?' What if the gods become mortals? What would happen? How will they act? I found it refreshing to see them in this whole new light that the author has provided. It made me feel more human as this story made me sympathize with Hera and it made me understand this goddess whom I was never fond of. Although the story has somehow emphasized the probable lack of knowledge the author has of the gods' personalities which were portrayed in ancient scrolls and hundreds of years of research and not to mention, the bland and almost common personalities the gods have to portray as teenagers, this story is quite beautiful in its own way. I love how action is mixed with the sentimental side of the story thereby making the story more exciting. I was literally glued to the computer screen while I followed their adventure. It really all came together. It's worth a read.