Title of Book: The Power of Hades
Author: Eliza Raine and Rose Wilson
Main Character(s): Hades and Persephone
First Published: May 2020
First Sentence: “Blood. Everywhere I looked there was blood. And fire. Flames were licking over the bodies as they lay motionless. What have you done?”
Last Sentence: “Then light, green and vibrant filled my vision and something incredible flooded through my failing body. Something rich and strong and fierce. Something alien and familiar all at once. It was power. I had my power back.”
You will never know what you are truly capable of until you stand face to face with your own mortality.
Story Line Overview:
Persephone is a plant loving college student just trying to make a living. She scrapes by working as a barista on campus. Her life was normal, routine and boring until one fateful afternoon when a way too hot to look at guy walked into the store and tried to hit on her.
Zeus is a trickster, all powerful and mighty, but also spiteful and narcissistic. He kidnaps Persephone, “Persy”, and takes her to the underworld to participate in the Hades Trials. Zeus has mandated Hades find a new bride. As Persy experiences this world, she finds that everyone in the underworld knows her already as the true Queen of the Hell.
Unable to ask questions, and kept under strict guard, Persy must fight for her life, face her worst fears, and become more than she thought she ever could be. She has to overcome all odds if she wants to win again the mythological gods that have taken away her free will and find her way back home.
But curiosity is a dangerous thing. Persy finds herself wanting to know what happened between her and the seductively dark and yet terrifying Hades. She prods and pokes through the numerous people she meets to find answers. She even temps Zeus himself to divulge some of the information.
Finding out that there is more to her past than she could have ever imagined, Persy slowly comes to realize, fate can be cruel and fighting against it is futile.
This was a very quick and interesting play on the love affair of Hades and Persephone. I liked the story line from start to finish. Hades was dark and mysterious, attracting and repulsing at the same time. I like how his character was designed to be full of anguish. He loves strongly but stands to his principles.
Persephone is one bad ass heroine. She goes from quiet and reserved to a warrior queen within the span of a few chapters. The one negative I have about her character is her inability to control her own urges when she is around Hades. She was completely mesmerized by his eyes, which was mentioned more than once, and lost all ability to think for herself when too close to his masculine body.
Overall, I would give this novel a 4 out of 5 stars.
I would recommend this story to anyone who loves The Titan’s Saga, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Everless.
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