Sunday, February 17, 2013

February 17, 2013 – Book Review – The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Description from Amazon

“Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth.

Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want--except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice.

Zeus calls Hades "lord" of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny.

But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.”

Book Review
5 out of 5 stars

I have always been a sucker for fairytales and myths I consider myself doubly lucky that “The Dark Wife” is a retelling of the mythical story of Persephone and Hades with a romantic twist.  Certainly I could say that it was a lesbian twist but I think qualifying this story as a lesbian retelling would not do the story justice especially because I think anyone who enjoys myths and fairytales would also enjoy this story.

The story is told from Persephone’s perspective.  Her life has been idyllic, until Zeus rapes and kills her lover.  As if that is not horrific enough she quickly finds out that Zeus has set his sights on her.  As Persephone contemplates all of this she says: “In a life of no choices, this one brash act could set me on a path toward the freedom I longed for more than anything else on – or above – the earth.”  For me, this line summarizes the Persephone’s story.  Can she “Rebel” and set her own course in life.

This was a well written, engaging story.

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