We’re all guilty of worshipping our favorite celebrities and musical artists a little too hard sometimes, even if we don’t know much about them on a personal level. A Korean witch could go their entire lifetime without even knowing what their patron goddess looks like. So consider yourself lucky that you’re getting a peek at the Cave Bear Goddess.
Six gifted clans operate in LA (including one we don’t like to talk about), and each one worships its own patron goddess. The six goddesses, all of whom live in the Godrealm, are responsible for granting a defining power to the members of their respective clan. For the Gom clan, the Cave Bear Goddess imparts the ability to heal. But an aspiring witch must pass an initiation test in order to earn the Gi that will allow them to wield power. Don’t even think of bribing the goddess with extra honey-drizzled rice cakes.
Appearances Can Be Deceiving
And don’t let the stunning golden statue of the Cave Bear Goddess in the temple fool you. If the deity ever decided to make an earthly visit, she might appear more like your unassuming middle-aged auntie. You may not expect a goddess to wear a knitted vest and a Winnie-the-Pooh apron, but you’d be wrong. After all, not all divine beings need to have a six-pack. That’s really more of a Greek thing.
Good Luck Getting a Meeting
As with most of the powerful movers and shakers in Los Angeles, it can be nearly impossible to get one-on-one facetime with a goddess. It might take something as extreme as an ancient spell and even a blood sacrifice to get her attention. Sometimes, though, if the circumstances are right, she’ll drop everything and come running when her patrons need her help. Even if she’s in the middle of eating her signature spicy vegetarian stew with a glass of aged rice wine. Just don’t expect her to stay too long. Not even goddesses can stomach cold tofu.
Every hero needs a wise mentor to set them on a quest to save the life of a loved one and by extension the entire world. For Riley, the Cave Bear Goddess has tasked her with finding the last fallen star, a piece of the Godrealm that drives humans mad with greed, destruction, and despair. Sure, it may not seem fair for an all-powerful goddess to ask a powerless twelve-year-old to clean up a divinely created mess, but who are you, mere mortal, to question her motivations? Besides, it might be amusing for said goddess to watch said twelve-year-old fall completely flat on her face.
Want to learn more about the Cave Bear Goddess and the gifted clans? Be sure to pick up The Last Fallen Star, on sale May 4th!