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A Touch of Darkness (Hades x Persephone Saga Book 1)

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When Hades refuses to help, it fractures their relationship and has a desperate Persephone striking a bargain with severe consequences. I thought Hermes was so brilliant, and Thanatos made such an impact, even though he was only in it for a short time. Yes, he is Lexa’s boyfriend, but Persephone has been best friends with her for YEARS, and the fact that Jaison is Lexa’s significant other does NOT undermine the relationship between the friends. This retelling of the well known myth takes place in a sort of limbo between the modern world and the timeless settings of classical myth – we jump between New Athens which is very much 21st century to the Underworld where people wear classical dress and make jams.

Prepare to be transported to a realm where gods and goddesses walk among mortals, and destinies are shaped by passion and sacrifice. In the face of heartbreak and Hades’ behavior, Persephone is unsure if she can truly become his queen. He'll tell her, "I don't have full control over my contracts and have to consult with the Fates", and she'll continue to berate him for his "unfair" contracts that "ask the impossible". Being privy to each of their thoughts is such a special thing as a reader, and it’s something I would love to see more authors do.A quiet life under the radar is impossible for Persephone once her relationship with Hades goes public, but their relationship is also threatening to expose her as the Goddess of Spring. Her world feels like she stole a lot from Lore Olympus, The amazing and successful webcomic series which has been picked up by Netflix, to be produced by Jim Hensen studios.

I’ll just say things happen that Persephone thinks Hades has control over as the God of the Dead, but he cannot control fate or death. He allows Persephone to continue thinking ill of him, then gets irritated when she thinks ill of him. For a week every seven years, 9 of the 12 Olympians are sent to earth and turned mortal, and the bloodlines of many greek heroes such as Perseus, Kadmos and Heracles hunt down the gods and if you kill them, you become the new god and assume their power. They have all been living for thousands of years, and you could really feel the depth of their relationships, and the history between them all which I loved.We will process the refund due to you as soon as possible and, in any case within thirty (30) days of the day we confirm via e-mail that you are entitled to a refund for defective goods. I didn't like Persephone as a journalist and some of the dialog was tough to believe but all in all 3. This book was salvaged by Hermes and Apollo, 2 secondary characters which grown sooo much on me, that I literally can’t see the plot without them.

There is only roughly a year between publishing dates for these two books, and most of A Touch of Darkness is reused in A Game of Fate. Clair has made many changes to the initial myth to make it work for her story and her setting, and honestly, I was SO here for it! Demeter is wreaking havoc on New Greece in protest of their union, while Theseus is plotting against the Gods. But let me be clear-I am Persephone, future Queen of the Underworld, Lady of Your Fate-may you come to dread my presence. The wedding between Hades and Persephone is imminent, but their future is still in peril with the Gods intervening.I also really appreciated that we got to see other gods and the way that they were described at the Gala was such a fun scene! This surge in retellings seems to have been pioneered by Madeline Miller with her books The Song of Achilles and Circe, which are both brilliant, but if you’re just starting to dip your toe into Greek mythology, give Stephen Fry’s books Mythos, Heroes and Troy a go! The personal development of these three characters in particular really struck me in this book, and it honestly warmed my heart. The books that are “A touch of” are told from Persephone’s perspective and “A game of” are from Hades perspective. So, this is a little post with some book recommendations for people who want to learn about Greek mythology but have no idea where to start, or are a bit overwhelmed with the number of books out there!

These books are fun, but also dive into a bunch of different myths concerning the goddess Persephone, the god Hades and a bunch others! Online resources are so handy, especially since they’re easily accessible and more often than not, they’re free! A Touch of Darkness is a retelling of the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone, but Scarlett has brought it into an urban setting. In case you aren’t familiar with Scarlett’s series, she has published three books from Persephone’s point of view ( A Touch of Darkness, A Touch of Ruin and a Touch of Malice - the third one I have yet to read), and she is also writing the same stories from Hades point of view (A Game of Fate, A Game of Retribution and A Game of Gods - only the first of these three are out in the world). A Game of Fate is this book, but from Hades perspective and A Touch of Ruin is the next book in the series from Persephone’s perspective.Personally, I don’t look for romance in the books I read – honestly, I hate lovey-dovey type tropes in my life. I would definitely recommend Mythos as an easy and enjoyable first step in learning about Greek mythology. Their communication and ways in which they worked together in this book made me feel as if I was a proud mother. I think the biggest thing that struck me in this book is how far some of the characters (Persephone, Hades and Apollo) have come. It doesn’t help that Demeter is furious at her daughter for being involved with Hades and is taking it out on the world by plunging them into severe winter weather in the middle of summer.

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