Taking place immediately after The Goddess Test, The Goddess Hunt shows Kate and James during their first day in Greece. I was immediately reminded of why I’m not a James fan, as he spends most of his time with Kate making her uncomfortable by flirting and dropping sexual innuendos that she repeatedly rebuffs after reminding him that she is now, and will always be, loyal to her new husband. He also purposely strays from their tour group in order to meet up with Lux (Pollux) and Casey (Castor), without informing Kate of his ulterior motives. It’s not long before they realize that Kate is now Queen of the Underworld, and all hell breaks loose.
Kate is as feisty and stubborn as always, which is something I really love about her. The reason it didn’t sit so well with me in The Goddess Hunt however, was because I couldn’t understand why she was being so stubborn over two brothers whom she had just met. While the idea of an eternity apart did sound like cruel and unjust torture, Kate didn’t even bother to think that perhaps Henry (Hades) had good reasons for wanting to return Casey to the Underworld where he belonged. She also didn’t bother to ask Water (Zeus) for his side of the story, immediately believing the worst of him. (Granted, James did confirm that his intentions were of a devious nature, but she didn’t know that at the time!)
Fortunately for The Goddess Hunt, it’s told from both Kate and Henry’s PoVs and I was finally given some insight into the inner workings of Henry’s mind! After finishing The Goddess Test and jumping into Goddess Interrupted shortly after, I was desperate for a peek into Henry’s thoughts. I needed to see that he did care for Kate, and that he wasn’t letting his situation with Persephone taint their new relationship; he was just always so closed off that I was never able to truly understand what he was thinking or feeling. It was great to see him struggle with staying away from Kate, especially when she was so upset, and that he respected her enough to keep his distance and honour their agreement, however much it pained him to see her with James. It was also enlightening (and thrilling) to see that he was willing to change and to forgive, in order to keep Kate happy, even though she might never know of his involvement. His selflessness when it comes to Kate is admirable and something I will cling to when he acts with coldness or nonchalance in future books, as a way to keep his heart safe.
For such a short read, a lot happens and we learn a lot about the various characters who do make an appearance. While I wouldn’t say that The Goddess Hunt is a necessary read, it’s definitely a worthwhile read for fans of the series, especially if, like me, you’ve been anxious for a peek into Henry’s thoughts!