Grade 9 Up—Whitman has cleverly fit an ancient story into a trendy modern formula—a beautiful, innocent, privileged girl (Persephone) meets a powerful, wealthy bad boy (Hades). In this retelling of the myth, Persephone falls head over heels for Hades and willingly leaves her overbearing mother to become queen of the underworld. Teens will likely relate to Persephone, who cannot stand the thought of spending eternity in the prison she feels her mother has constructed for her, and her transformation from girlish dreaminess to strong, thoughtful woman will resonate with them. Though the author perhaps tries a bit too hard to use metaphor and symbolism ensconced in flowery language, there is an interesting story here; the hints at Persephone's lusty relationship with Hades, combined with the contemporary tone of her first-person narrative, will capture some readers. An endnote gives an overview of the original tale, which may lead to exploration of this and other Greek myths. Purchase where alternative chick-lit is popular.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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“Whitman makes Hades and Persephone (Hadephone? Persades?) a glam celebrity couple that everyone will want to read about.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“A steamy coming-of-age novel laced with feminist sensibilities.” (ALA Booklist)
“Will satisfy fans of Libba Bray and Stephenie Meyer.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A terrific story of a girl on the edge of womanhood, caught between a mother who offers no reverence and a boy who offers worship.” (Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author)
Possessing some Greek heritage, I have long been fascinated by ancient Greek mythology. In particular, Hades’ abduction of Persephone, Demeter’s daughter, has been one of my... Read morePublished 4 months ago by C.K. Brooke, Author of The Duchess Quest
I LOVED Author Emily Whitman's depiction of the Persephone myth. I love stories about Greek gods and goddesses. And, "Radiant Darkness" does not disappoint. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Julie Joe
I really enjoyed reading this book! I appreciate the author taking the side of Persephone. Let's hear the myth of if she made her own choices to the underworld. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chanti
I love Greek myths, love re-tellings and LOVE this cover! However, I did NOT love this book. It took over 2/3 of the book for me to even like Persephone. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Crystal S.
I was upset that this story didnt really focus on the Persephone and Hades myth as much as I wantedPublished on January 23, 2013 by Pen Name
Radiant Darkness is a book I picked up and was completely unsure about, but a few pages is I was hooked! A Great Twist on the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Michelle @ The Passionate Bookworms
after ordering this i was very excited but waiting nearly 4 weeks for it to come i finally sent a message to the sender asking if it had been sent however i never herd back and now... Read morePublished on June 17, 2012 by nightfire
Radiant Darkness is a retelling of the Greek myth about Hades and Persephone. Persephone's mother, Demeter, is determined to make sure that Persephone stays a child forever. Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by Amy @ Books, College, and Other Random Things
I think the best way to describe this book is blah. I had high hopes for this story, but it fell very short of my expectations. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by C. R. Kientzy