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The Dark Wife Paperback – May 12, 2011
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Sarah Diemer is an indie author and storyteller. She writes stories about courageous young ladies who love other ladies, makes jewelry out of words and wire and loves her wife more than anything ever. Find out more at http://www.oceanid.org
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Aside from the individual writing skills from this author, I love that the heroine is a lesbian. I didn't have stories like this one when I was in high school, and I'm only 26. I wish I had something like this to read back then that would have made me feel more comfortable with myself at an earlier age. I'm so grateful that authors like Diemer (and her wife) have been releasing young adult novels that give some of us a story that we could actually relate to.
This instantly became one of my favorite books, and I will gladly read anything else that she publishes. I hope that she continues to create amazing stories and that they become popular enough to be sold everywhere and possibly made into movies. I send the biggest thank you to Diemer for this incredible book.
I have read quite a few books based on the Greek gods, but this one was the most creative.
I have always been fascinated with Persephone, but she isn't mentioned often in most fictitious literature. She is so open to people, giving them the benefit of the doubt unless proven otherwise. She is passionate and caring.
I have always been impartial to Hades, but this book changed my views of both characters. I fell in love with Hades' determination to help people and comfort them even at the expense of herself.
How Zeus and the other gods and goddess are portrayed was comical in comparison to the other versions.
I came out hating who I always admired or thought to be the good guys, and liking who I thought I would hate.
I would recommend this book if you want a break from the constant sex in most lesbian fiction and want a story of a pure and true love.
Out of all the stories from the Greek mythology about the Gods of Mount Olympus, the myth of Hades and Persephone had always been my favorite. The Lord of the Underworld takes the daughter of the Goddess Demeter to be his wife, marking her as the Queen of the Underworld. But, in this novel, things happen a bit... differently.
Hades is a woman, and is by no means what we perceive her to be. She is the light, the kind ruler of the dead. Persephone is the first to see this, the first to acknowledge Hades for who she truly is. A love more powerful than time itself forms between the two Goddesses, and not even the cruelty of Zeus can tear them apart.
In recent months I have found myself fond of re-tellings of classic stories. When I discovered this one, a new version of my favorite Greek tale, I knew I had to read it. And although it was slow to start, a bit weak in its opening (which is why I give this a four star and not the glorious five-star the rest of the novel is) this story was beautiful and heart-warming. All the way to the end I was rooting for Persephone, feeling her pain and strife. When Hades comes into her life, peace and love is finally found. I nearly wept at the end, at the sheer beauty the author was able to produce. The ending was perfect in every way, and I was left wanting nothing more.
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