The story started on the right foot. The story is based on the Japanese mythology of the two gods Izanagi and Izanami. (If you are unfamiliar with the mythos of Japan, Google is your friend). The characters and the world building seemed to jump right off the page. The Goddess Chronicle had a great start. The story is based on the Japanese mythology of the two gods Izanagi and Izanami. (If you are unfamiliar with the mythos of Japan, Google is your friend). The contrast between the beautiful landscape and the cruel factors of the meaning of life built a hell on earth disguised as paradise complex. The voice of Namima was instantly delightful and heartbreaking, and her story encompassed a touching and surprising turn of events. Kirino created a wonderful backdrop to a tragic story of the fight against the depths of the human nature, the treatment of females, and the overall unfairness of life.Then the story switched the POV and completely grinded to a halt.This story is a translation of the original tale, but it seemed that the second part of the book lost the overall flow and seemed to fizzle out into a tangled mess that seemed to have no direction or purpose. The ending did create a closure for the ancient tale, but shifting gears right in the middle the entire story tended to make the book lose steam. The entire flow lost the charm of Namima’s spin on her life and the ironic culture of her island and the customs of her home. The story switched over to another tale, which does tie into the first part. Insta-love, and a general sense that some of the finer details left to glossing over with false supporting secondary strand seemed to sink the story towards the end.The Goddess Chronicle isn’t a horrible story, and the tale is a new insight into death, life and the delicate balance that exist between the two details of life. If you love Japanese mythology, then this story is right up your alley.