Title: For The Love of Hades
Author: Sasha Summers
First published: 2013
Edition: Kindle e-book
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.
After listening to an audio book on Greek myths that talked briefly about the myth of Hades and Persephone, I wanted to find a novel that focused on that story in particular. Someone recommended this particular book to me and I have to say I was skeptical, because of the rather terrible cover. I am glad to say I ended up being pleasantly surprised.
Although the book does not follow the myth as I have heard it before, it makes a good version of it and touches on some different Greek myths along the way. The book feels like it is set in antiquity and the way the author chooses to tell this story works very well.
Hades was portrayed very well as a reluctant hero and Persephone as the lively woman that pulls him out of his shell. I am pleased to say the tale is not overly romantic or erotic, which was not what I wanted here. Of course there is some romance – this is a love story after all, but it does not go overboard. There is enough conflict to keep it interesting, but never becomes overly dramatic.
I liked the writing and it was just long enough. I am sure I will go back to this author when I feel like another Greek myth retelling. This was well done.
6 out of 7 stars