- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (November 4, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425227081
- ISBN-13: 978-0425227084
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Goddess of Spring (Goddess Summoning, Book 2) Paperback – November 4, 2008
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“Sexy, charming, and fun.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Grant
“[A] true master of her craft.”—New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter
“P. C. Cast is a stellar talent.”—New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning
“A veritable feast for readers…Mythology has never been so fun!”—Romance Reviews Today
“One of the top romantic fantasy mythologists today.”—Midwest Book Review
About the Author
P. C. Cast is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Goddess Summoning series, the House of Night Novels, and the Tales of a New World series. She is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon surrounded by beloved cats, dogs, horses, and family.
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Lina and Hades soon find that they are falling in love, but Lina's conscience can't rest because she promised Demeter that she won't let anyone know that she isn't really Persephone, but she longs to tell Hades. She is also worried that Hades only loves her for her body, which is really Persephone's. The other problem is that Lina has to leave Hades and the Underworld forever in 6 months.
While I liked P.C. Cast's first book, Goddess by Mistake, it seemed a little long-winded and dull at points. After reading this book, I see that Cast has polished her writing skills a lot since then. Goddess of Spring flows MUCH better, and I couldn't put it down!
I also think that Cast fares very well in writing about classical mythology. I loved her descriptions of the Gods and Goddesses, and the Underworld. She paints beautiful, vivid pictures of Hades' Palace, the Elysian Fields, and the dark Tartarus.
I loved how much mythology was woven into this book. The myth of Eurydice and Orpheus was incorporated very well into the story, as was the story of Dido and Aeneas. Cerberus, the dread steeds of Hades, and Charon were also mentioned, as well as the River of Styx, and the River of Forgetfulness, Lethe, which allows one's soul to be reborn in a mortal's body.
I also liked how the reader was able to get to know the real Persephone a bit, and got to see how well she fared in the modern, mortal world.
The romance in this book was much better than Goddess by Mistake, because it wasn't just about lust; it was about soul mates and how little one's outer appearance matters. It was so sweet and actually almost made me cry at one point.
The ending was also done very well, in my opinion. Very interesting, and it was actually how I thought it would end.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes romance or mythology!
Ms. Cast continues her Goddess Summoning series with this story of love in the Underworld.
Lina Santoro loves nothing more than baking, so she is concerned when her trendy bakery ends up in dire straits. She needs something fast to bring in money to rescue it. Never did she imagine that finding an old Italian cookbook would summon aid from the great Goddess of the Harvest, Demeter.
When the Goddess makes a proposition, Lina listens. She is to exchange places with Persephone, the Goddess of Spring, for six months. Persephone will assume Lina's life for that time, in order to rescue the bakery, and Lina will go to the Underworld to bring hope and new "life" to the spirits.
Never did Lina dream that doing so would change her forever, when she meets... and falls in love with... the God Hades, Death personified.
What a fantastic, magical tale this is! Here is a delightful story full of life and love that brings the incredible world of Gods and Goddesses out of the realm of mythology and into the real world for readers to enjoy. Here, one will find a brilliant and unique story of soul mates united, love found, and the passions of the Immortal.
Lina is a middle-aged woman, beautiful inside and out, who has long since given dreams of love. Hades is a powerful, sexy, handsome Immortal who is one of a kind and never imagined someone could love him and his realm. These two need each other in order to be whole. There is a full cast of characters to round out the story. Readers will enjoy the second love story entwined here, of Eurydice and Iapis, spirit and daimon. Persephone, though a more minor role, adds youthful vitality, and her mother Demeter adds a touch of awe, to captivate readers.
The imagery is vivid and one will see the beauty of the Underworld... from the joy and light of Elysia, to the darkness and despair of Tartarus. Hades' palace is incredibly portrayed as well, even the "Dread Steeds of Hades."
Though Goddess of Spring was the first book by Ms. Cast this reviewer has read, it intrigued enough to insure it will most definitely not be the last. This is one new fan who eagerly awaits the next story in the series!
© Kelley A. Hartsell, August 2004. All rights reserved.
Carolina Santoro needs help with her bakery. She finds an old book of receipes dedicated to the Goddess Demeter. Following a receipe she invokes Demeter.
Demeter suggests that she change bodies with Persephone so the the Goddess of Spring can save her bakery and she who is more mature, can fix the problems in Hades realm.
This is a wonderful adventure full of magic, humor, and romance. The playful mix of myth and reality is stunning. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more.