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Radiant Darkness Hardcover – April 28, 2009
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“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)
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It still keeps with the old myth, but Ms. Whitman still manages to give it some unique quirks that will keep the reader intrigued.
And characters, invented or not, that I normally would not care about, are so awesome. From Charon to Hermes and Zeus to Melita (even some of the nymphs and sprites interest me!), I had a whole variety of fantastic characters.
The Bad: It was really predictable. That's kind of a given since almost everyone knows about Persephone and Hades myth, so that really dulled the book for me.
Also, I thought Persephone and Hades's relationship was a bit fake. I just think that the only reason why they're even together is because they're both desperate. Persephone is desperate to escape from her over-bearing and way over-protective mother while Hades is desperate for a queen. And coincidentally, Hades passes where Persephone lives and sees Persephone. And they fall in "love."
Nuh-uh, that does NOT work for me.
Persephone's the type of girl that would run away with the first guy she lays her eyes on... and that is exactly what happens.
It was just a little, too predictable for me.
Overall: Radiant Darkness is an lyrical, unique, and surprisingly fun retelling that will sure to peak the interest of readers, whether they love mythology or not!
Wrong. Demeter is smothering Persephone, who yearns for a chance to prove that she is no longer a child, and to explore the world beyond her sheltered vale where her mother has kept her "safe from men" for all her life. So when she encounters Hades by chance and they fall in love, her decision to leave her mother is not a hard one. At first, everything is just fine, and Persephone is adjusting to her new life wonderfully--except now Demeter is killing mortals in a desperate attempt to get Persephone back, and the only way Persephone can stop her is if she leaves her new home and husband...and never returns.
Radiant Darkness is a different look at the ancient tale, but infused with new life and a new attitude. Persephone's voice has a modern edge to it that is easy to read and relate to and her wishes and hopes aren't different from those of any other girl her age. Demeter's overbearing presence in Persephone's life will elicit sympathy from many, and Persephone's courage to make her own decisions in life is admirable. Though the romance between her and Hades isn't portrayed in very deep or meaningful manner, it's electrifying enough to send shivers down your back and make you wish for your own lord of the Underworld to whisk you away from ordinary life. Whitman has created a pleasantly enjoyable read that stays quite true to most of the original Ancient Greek takes and explores both filial and romantic love, friendship, and the coming of age and self confidence in a more modern and catchy voice that will set your heart racing.
Radiant Darkness spins the myth from Persephone's point of view. In this story she is absolutely suffocated by her mother and longs for the chance to break free and become her own person. Demeter forces Persephone to stay in the vale and keeps her hidden from any bad influences (especially men). Persephone wants to grow up and finds the opportunity when a handsome stranger wanders into her vale. The two meet in secret and fall in love before Persephone realizes that the stranger is Hades, ruler of one third of creation! Hades professes his love and asks Persephone to leave with him and become his queen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this story but reading it for a third time i do notice that there isn't very much character development with Hades. He isn't a big enough role in the book in my opinion. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 18 months ago by C.K. Brooke, Author of the Jordinia Series
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 20 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 on July 18, 2014 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 on October 17, 2013 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