Art college student Summer begrudgingly accompanies her archeologists parents to Greece for the summer. Through a series of events she meets Darce, who is really Hades under the disguise of a young Asian man.
Hades believes she is Persephone reborn but Summer is highly doubtful (I mean who wouldn’t be!) because nothing about her feels like a goddess.
When she accompanies him to to underworld she is treated to a magnificent palace, some of Hades’ most trusted inner circle (be prepared to swoon over Morpheus), and some down under drama.
This book was super immersive and a really fun read. As a Greek mythology geek, I was excited to see that she left the mythologies intact for the most part, only slightly bending them when needed, and left in little Easter eggs for people who know the stories already.
The only time I ever found myself not 100% in love with the book was during the very few moments when Summer herself knows she’s acting like a petulant child. She’s aware of the fault, and maybe it’s because of her age, but she does nothing to try to manage her behavior or her reaction to specific events. I can’t really blame her though, she does go through quite a bit in a short period of time and even the most mature person could lose a bit of their control in those instances.
Overall, I’m really excited for the sequel and can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
Thank you to the publisher, The Parliament House, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.