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The Myth of Hades and Persephone Gets a Modern Makeover in Scarlett St. Clair’s “A Touch of Darkness”

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Plot Summary:

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.

The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a Goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden (Goodreads, 2019).

Review:

This is definitely a sexier and more modern version of the Hades and Persephone myth. When reading the original myth I always felt as if there had to be more to the story. I remember thinking,”Could Hades really be such an evil god? And was the goddess Persephone really so helpless?” Well Scarlett St. Clair answers both of my questions by presenting a more nuanced tale of what happens between these two immortals. I greatly enjoyed seeing a lighter side of Hades in his interactions with Persephone and some of the mortals who came to him for help. I also thought the explanation behind Persephone’s lack of power was very clever. It wasn’t what I expected, but went along well with the idea of deities existing in part due to mortal belief in them.

I also have to say that the chemistry between Hades and Persephone was off the charts in this book. I loved seeing sparks fly between the two even when Persephone was trying to deny her feelings for the god. My one complaint about their relationship was that I felt Persephone forgave Hades too quickly at the end. I felt that they should have discussed their conflict in more detail and I think that would have made the ending seem less rushed as well.

Aside from enjoying reading a more developed version of this myth, I liked seeing lesser known figures from Greek mythology featured in this book. It was nice to see Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft being portrayed as a less foreboding figure and it was good to see Persephone have at least one goddess friend, someone who could better understand what she was going through.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it a 4 out of 5. If you enjoy fantasy romance or are a fan of Greek mythology definitely check this one out.

Quotes I Enjoyed:

She was curious about him [Hades] and his world. She found it interesting that he was so elusive and the deals he made with mortals completely appalling. “

Persephone

If you belong to him he will tear the world apart to save you”

Thanatos

She stopped along the path recalling all the dreams she’d had when trapped behind these walls. Dreams of sparkling cities and exciting adventures and passionate love. She’d found all of that. and it had been beautiful and wicked and heartbreaking. and she’d do it all again just to taste, to feel, to live again.”

Persephone

Have you ever heard about this story before? What are some of your favorite myths and legends?

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