“NOTE: First of all I would just like to say that my review will contain spoilers. Also I encourage readers to read the book (Maybe not buy it...) themselves regardless of my positive or negative review.
REVIEW: This is one of many retellings of the story of Persephone and Hades. I would recommend this book to a younger audience (13-15) because it is a clean version of the classic myth. The focus of the book shows how marriage is a scary and stifling process that “steals” the bride from her friends, family, and home. The “dark underworld” of the unknown is a decent into unfamiliarity that all girls must deal with. This is a great coming of age story told in the form of a classic Greek myth.
Persephone is a guarded and shelter young girl that is expected to marry like her friends Echo and Narcissa. She abhors the thought of not being able to run free and do as she likes anymore but can’t really do anything about her future except dread the day it comes. Her mother’s protective nature of Persephone is due to Demeter’s own problems with men. Persephone’s birth being a direct cause and effect burden that she was forced to bear and yet is now grateful for. She is obsessed with keeping her daughter safe and away from boys. She is abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld against her will after he sees her picking flowers. Once there she acts like any kidnapped individual would and throws a fit, refuses to eat, tries to escape, and sulks being annoyed at her circumstances.
The relationship between Hades and Persephone is centered on their life experience. Persephone is drawn to Hades because he knows so much more then she does, even her mother Demeter isn’t as wise as Hades is. He informs her about the Earth (Its round not flat) and the exotic animals that inhabit the Earth (Elephants and monkeys). She’s astounded and transfixed in the way only a young child would be when you read them a story. She realizes how little she knows about the world and wants to know more, eager to know everything and anything of importance. Her curiosity amuses Hades who generally has no company for himself divine or otherwise. This makes her attraction to Hades genuine rather then forced because she truly likes him and what he has to offer. She slowly begins to assert her authority and understand that she is making a decision to be with Hades on her own and the power lies within her self to stay with him, not with Hades or Demeter.
This rendition of the myth felt very real and less magical then the other versions I’ve read. The power of the Gods loomed throughout the book but was never really called out into the open. Instead the book gave hints to divine pieces such as Hermes father being Zeus and people whispering about Demeter having powers. The story was nice but it was a very short read for me and much more enjoyable for a younger audienc”