Saturday, 17 April 2010

Historic Saturday (11)

(A heads up that there probably won't be a Historic Saturday next week. Besides the fact I don't have any real historical in my TBR pile that is guaranteed to be read by then, I'll be out of state and internet status is unknown anyway. But if anyone is performing at Music in the Parks/lives in the Washington D.C. area, PLEASE let me know! Would love to meet some of you guys!)

This week's is mostly historical fiction. Since Greek myths are...myths, it really is just a retelling of a myth but since the Greeks believed this to be genuine history...meh!

Radiant Darkness
Emily Whitman

He smiles. "Hello." It's a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes. I know I should leave, but I don't want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I'm all eye, all ear, all skin. Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother's a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there's no chance of escaping the life that's been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more—something dangerous and exciting—something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she's come to love, even the earth itself. In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who—and what—she really is.

I may have mentioned in my Nobody's Princess review, but I don't really like Greek mythology. But I like this story, the whole Persephone and Hades myth. It's just so interesting to think of, especially when Whitman tells it.

Whitman tells the story differently. A strong and loving mother, who loves from a far, a paradise that's not always pleasant, and then this strong, confident, handsome stranger suddenly shows up. Who wouldn't be curious?

Hades isn't truly a bad character as he is often depicted either. He just rules the dead. Can you blame the guy for being a bit pessimistic?

Truly, I loved the story. It got a bit repetitive in the middle, but Persephone was just a character I really enjoyed. She was strong and knew what she wanted. I would highly recommend it.



  1. Sounds like a really interesting book, thanks for reviewing it :)

  2. I LOVE Greek Mythology! I love the story of Hades and Persephone!

    Thanks for mentioning this book, its now added to my wishlist :)



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