K. Lynn Bay
– A sweet romantic retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth –
Perry has the courtship from Hell– literally.
Too bad that isn’t her only problem.
When Perry’s powers as an earth sorceress finally come just before her nineteenth birthday, she’s thrilled. Then comes the bad news. Her powers are a little extreme. Wherever she goes, everything grows like crazy. That’s awkward enough, but it gets worse when people try to ravish each other when she walks by.
But when Perry meets Hadis, the Lord of Death, things go downhill. Way downhill. She finds Hadis plenty attractive, but when a spiteful spell drives him to kidnap her, she decides that being dragged to his bleak, barren realm isn’t exactly a recipe for romance.
Now the captive of a powerful sorcerer blinded by a love spell, Perry’s only hope of escape is to discover what exiles Hadis to his terrible domain—and if she wants the spell to be broken after all.
Click here to read a sample of Springtime in Hades.
The myth of Persephone and Hades has always been my favorite. I don’t know why– maybe something to do with being carried off by a tall, dark stranger? But once the myth leaves Persephone to follow Demeter, I lose interest. I don’t care about Mom’s search for her daughter. I want to know what’s going on in the Underworld with Persephone! When the myth eventually gets back to Persephone, she’s pining and refusing to eat. So yeah, maybe they got off to a bad start, but since Persephone and Hades have one of the few faithful marriages in Greek myth, I figured there must be something between them.
In my mind, this was a Beauty and the Beast story. Once Persephone/Perry learns to see beyond Hades’ grim exterior, she finds something to cherish.