Author: Sasha Summers
Genre: Romantic Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Number of pages: 309
Word Count: 78,500
Cover Artist: Jeannie Ruesch
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/LXx52Vve8hY
Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, has no patience for living things or his Olympian brethren. His purpose is order, administering justice to those who enter his realm, and keeping the balance decreed by the Fates. Meeting Persephone sways his focus, her gentle sweetness threatening his control. But he will not be tempted.
Poseidon’s scheming wreaks havoc upon Persephone. Hades has no choice – he must rescue her.
Hades awakens something within the Goddess Persephone. She feels no fear from his brooding presence. In truth, she’s never felt so alive. Every stolen moment together only confirms her instinct: he is meant to be hers. Such a powerful union suit will face opposition – from Olympus, her troubled betrothed, the Fates, even Hades himself – but she is determined to win his heart.
I love mythology and was glad when I found this book. This is actually the second book in the series, but it was written in a way that I felt I didn’t miss much of the first. I guess this is because the two books contain different stories. The characters in the first were mentioned in this novel, but they didn’t relate much. It seems that the second book is not dependent with the first.
As the title suggests, it is a romance story about Hades, the god of the Underworld. I have read few bright stories about those who dwell in that realm, but never about Hades. Personally, I imagined him as someone who has a very intimidating character and I understand why others didn’t venture into writing positive stories about him. Something about him wearing the helm of darkness would discourage any cheerful thoughts.
The book is about the love story of Hades and Persephone. It was refreshing. All books that I have read were about his subordinates, but not him. I have read the story of The Rape of Persephone, and was surprised when I read this novel. The author was indeed creative in making twists in their story.
The author described Underworld and its levels correctly (as far as I have learned) as well as its inhabitants. Creatures of the realm were all present, except for the harpies. I forgot how those things made me remember them, but I was looking out for them as I read the book. The living world was vividly pictured as well. Before the fall of Greece, the land was breathing life. Persephone was described like an earth goddess tending to her pines. I could imagine her clearly. She seems like a spirited creature full of vitality.
Gods and goddesses were also present. Of course the must be. They were described realistically. I commend the author for including the spat between Athena and Poseidon as well as the carefree life of the gods while mortals are suffering. I believe something like this is needed in any myth stories to provide the readers the idea that the gods are not perfect. They are like humans with flawed character.
However, I was sad when one of my favorite gods was put in a bad light. Poseidon was characterized as a womanizer, and I am aware of that based on my readings, but stealing a woman from his brother didn’t ring true for him. I am not sure if this conflict was created by the author or there were stories involving this which I haven’t read.
With that conflict, Hades became more jaded and cold. It was like other love stories where the woman is pouring her heart out while the man is struggling to control his emotions. I didn’t find anything new to this style, but it didn’t feel cheesy either. It felt nice. The romance bloomed and it was predictable, but I was surprised by the importance of pomegranate in the story. I didn’t know the cursed fruit could actually be a salvation, too.
All in all, it was an interesting myth re-telling. I am happy to have read the book. Will I recommend it? Definitely.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
**This review is also available in Goodreads.
Sasha Summers is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books visit times past, set in places rich with legends and myth. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ (original title, right?), was written for her Girl Scout troupe.
She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.
Sasha is an active member of RWA and several Texas Chapters. A self-proclaimed movie-addict, she is full of all sorts of useless movie tidbits and trivia.
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