A modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.
He was supposed to be a myth.
But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell…
…he was, quite simply, mine.
Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade.
With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth…a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.
Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close…
A story inspired by Hades and Persephone? Written by Katee Robert? Sign. Me. Up.
Going in, I knew Neon Gods was going to be good but it ended up being so much more and even better than I expected! Katee created an incredible retelling of Hades and Persephone that perfectly blended the concepts from the original story while also adding her own unique points to craft an entirely new tale.
In Neon Gods, there are The Thirteen made up thirteen titles in the Greek Pantheon. Each title is inherited and Persephone’s mother knows how to play the game. So much so, she promises Persephone to Zeus which would make Persephone the new Hera. The previous Hera, and the two others before her? Well, rumour has it, Zeus is not the charming, charismatic persona he publicly portrays.
In an effort to maintain her freedom (and stay alive), Persephone escapes across the river Styx to the lower city and encounters the thought-to-be-a-myth, oh-so-mysterious, hella sexy Hades. That’s when things get even more interesting (and very, very steamy)!
What I really loved about this story was the character dynamics. Persephone, while young, was a strong, independent woman who could easily hold her own against others. Likewise, Hades had his issues (namely plotting for revenge) but he was also a strong, smart character, ready to take on the world to protect Persephone. When together, Hades and Persephone were magic!
Katee created a really wonderful and complex storyline that also allowed for various side characters from other Greek myths to be better introduced and expanded on. To be honest, I’m not very familiar with some of the other characters’ original stories so getting a chance to see Katee’s interpretation of them in Neon Gods was really great and I can’t wait to see how this series further develops.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. From start to finish, it was a wild and steamy ride that perfectly balanced Greek mythology and an original retelling. If you enjoy dark romance, fantasy romance, bdsm romance, or simply adult retellings of Greek mythology, you need to read this book!
Disclaimer: Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
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