Hades & Persephone Bring the Heat

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair delivers a thrilling and enchanting tale. It captivates from the very beginning. This novel, with its mythological roots and modern twists, is a delightful departure into the fantastical realms of gods and goddesses.

The story of Hades and Persephone may be ancient, but the world St. Clair has built is decidedly modern. The author's attention to detail breathes life into the existing myths. She employs 'show don't tell' masterfully which adds depth to the characters and scenes. For instance, the description of Demeter's greenhouse serves not only as a visually stunning scene but also foreshadows the potential consequences of Persephone's forbidden love affair with Hades.

Demeter had a whole plot in the greenhouse dedicated to punishment—every flower that grew there had been a nymph, a king, a creature that incurred her wrath.

The author's storytelling prowess extends beyond mere description. The depiction of Hades' palace, especially the library, is a bibliophile's dream. I certainly would love to get lost among the shelves for hours.

Her exploration of the palace ended when she found the library. It was magnificent. She had never seen anything like it—shelves and shelves of books with gorgeous, thick spines and gold embossing. The room itself was well-furnished. A large hearth took up the far wall, flanked by dark shelves. These weren’t full of books but ancient clay vases inked with images of Hades and the Underworld. She could imagine settling into one of the cozy chairs, curling her toes into the soft rug, and reading for hours. This would be one of her favorite places, Persephone decided, if she lived here.

When I first read the passage, it transported me back to the first time I watched Beauty and the Beast as a child.

Persephone and Demeter's relatable dynamics strike a chord with readers. They tap into the universal theme of parental control and the desire for autonomy. Anyone who has had overprotective parents can identify with Persephone's poignant words.

See, that’s the problem with you trying to control my life. You’re wrong. You’ve always been wrong. I know I’m not the daughter you wanted, but I am the daughter you have, and if you want to be in my life, you will let me live it.

St. Clair delivers the level of spice I expected when reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. The palpable sexual tension in the narrative adds an extra layer of intensity. It makes it nearly impossible to put the book down. The mysterious nature surrounding Hades adds an element of intrigue and kept me eagerly turning pages to unravel the secrets of the enigmatic god.

However, the novel is not without its flaws. The ending, with its abrupt cliffhanger, left me craving resolution and closure. Several unresolved plot points further contribute to my sense of incompleteness. Hopefully, St. Clair will address these in future iterations of the series.

Overall, A Touch of Darkness is a captivating journey into a world filled with passion, rebellion, and intrigue. Scarlett St. Clair's skillful storytelling and vivid imagination create an engaging experience. Despite its abrupt ending, the book left me eager for the next installment, which I will definitely be reading. This is undoubtedly a promising start to a series that holds the potential for even greater adventures.


Greek Mythology