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Radiant Darkness

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,244 Ratings  ·  258 Reviews
He smiles. "Hello."

It's a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.

I know I should leave, but I don't want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I'm all eye, all ear, all skin.

Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother's a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become
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ebook, 288 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Anne Osterlund
Dec 09, 2010 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Persephone is trapped in the vale. OK, the vale is filled with beautiful flowers and rich greenery and her best friends, but still . . . trapped is trapped.

Especially when your mother is a Greek goddess.

But then HE arrives. At the reins of a speeding chariot. Behind a horse dark as night. He doesn’t care about her mother. He listens to Persephone. And he may be her only chance for escape.

So she takes it. Straight to Hades.

I loved the vibrance in this book. Persephone is very much the teller of h
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khcpl teen scene
Mar 26, 2009 khcpl teen scene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens interested in mythology or fantasy
In this stunning debut, Whiteman elaborates on the myth often called The Rape of Persephone. Whiteman’s Persephone however, is not the damsel in distress that you often find in the traditional myth. What sets Whiteman’s Persephone apart is that everything that happens to her is by her own choice.

Tired of being treated like a child and ignored by her mother the goddess Demeter, Persephone silently rebels against her mother who refuses to acknowledge that her daughter is no longer a child, but a
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Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
I really liked this book. I’ve always loved Greek mythology and didn’t realize when I picked this up that it was a retelling of the story of Persephone. I just thought the cover looked good and checked it out. All the old myths claim that Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, God of the Underworld. This story is told in the voice of Persephone and how she fell in love with Hades and willingly chose to become his queen. I thought it was very well written, and still had the same feel as the old stori ...more
Ashlyn Rae (TeenageReader)
Nov 24, 2010 Ashlyn Rae (TeenageReader) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
First of all, do NOT read the summary of the book. You know that page where the copyright info is and who published the book and what genre the book is in? Yeah, don’t read the summary part because it will tell you the story in one sentence. I was maybe forty pages into the book when I read the summary, and I thought, “Really? Do you have to tell me the story in one sentence?” I pretty much read the story knowing what would happen in the end, but I enjoyed reading it anyway. I love Greek mytholo ...more
Diana Dang
Jul 23, 2009 Diana Dang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Persephone is the only daughter to the harvest goddess, Demeter. In texts and legends, she was kidnapped and forced against her will to marry the underworld god, Hades.

But that is not right! She wasn't forced into doing anything at all!

So why don't you lend an ear and let Persephone tells you what really happened?

Living in the beautiful and tranquil vale her whole life, Persephone has never seen what it is like outside the garden gates. Her mother has spoken ill of men and keeps them out from en
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Diandra
Jul 31, 2015 Diandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Persephone feels trapped in her mother's vale. Demeter, her mother and goddess, never wants her child to grow up and therefore only treats her like a child who does not know the ways of the world. And it is true, Persephone doesn't know much of the world, but it is because Demeter doesn't allow her to. Persephone finds her way out of this vicious cycle when Hades happens upon her vale and they fall in love. In this twist on the classic myth, Persephone finds love, and is given the chance to find ...more
C.K. Brooke
May 02, 2015 C.K. Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 favorite myths. But the first sentence of this book, Radiant Darkness (2009) by Emily Whitman, which informs the reader that we mortals have had the story wrong for centuries, intrigued me. From there, I couldn’t put the book down.

Told in the first person, present tense in Persephone’s own lovely, gentle voice, I eagerly acc
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Stephanie
May 18, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Out of all the stories of Persephone and out of all the different versions, Radiant Darkness is definitely the best.

What I loved about Radiant Darkness was the uniqueness of the plot. Though Emily had obviously used the original Greek myth as a reference, the story she had to say was completely different.

I loved how Persephone was a more daring character and how she had the guts to go with the one she loved. Unlike the original where Persephone was taken against her will by Hades and dragged dow
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Savvy
Short Review: I picked up this book at 11pm for light night reading. At 4am I was done.

Long Review:

I read this right on the heels of Abandoned by Meg Cabot and God bless my aunt for buying it for me. If Abandoned is rotted meat, this is like a sweet, sweet Shirley Temple drink.

It's hard to review a good book because you don't want to reveal anything, but let others read it for themselves knowing nothing going in, like you. So what can I say?

This book is the myth of Persephone and Hades. The real
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Vanessa *Bluest Ribbon*
There are many ways to mess up a totally fine Greek Myth, like, I don't know, making Hades a virgin? Fortunately, this book did not suffer from that atrocity. This sad novel, however, suffered from a yawn-inducing syndrome I like to call brought-nothing-new-or-special-to-the-table-story.



Let me make it clear though, I did NOT hate this book. I just didn't like it.



But if you want me to be a straightforward brute, this is how I will describe this book:



It's an UNIMAGINATIVE and BORING STORYTELLING w
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Rebecca Owen
When Hades fell in love with Persephone, in order to get around her mother Demeter who would oppose the match, he kidnapped her and took her to the Underworld. There, he tricked her into eating the seeds of a pomegranate, forcing her to remain with him. In Demeter's despair and anger, the earth was barren and thousands died. So, as a compromise, it was decided that Persephone would spend half of the year in the Underworld with her husband and half of the year on earth with her mother. The latter ...more
Holly
Aug 25, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Greek mythology fans, Lydia
There are about three reasons why I like Greek mythology a million times more than Roman. 1) The Greeks came first and the Romans stole their gods and gave them different names. 2) They have the coolest names like Zeus, Artemis (goddess of the hunt), and Aphrodite. And 3) Disney's Hercules kicks butt.

Which leads me into Radiant Darkness. It's the story of Persephone, daughter of Demeter (who was the goddess of harvest in case you didn't know). Persephone was "kidnapped" by Hades, god of the unde
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Lostinlit
May 06, 2010 Lostinlit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I fell completely in love with this novel. It captivated me within its first few pages and held me, spellbound, until the closing paragraph.

It was lovely to see how Whitman took the ancient myth of Persephone and Hades and turned it around to make it a story of love, strength, and independence. The author took the important details of the original story, such as the pomegranate seeds, and weaved them together beautifully to create a story that felt rich with history and legend.

I very much enjoye
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Fernanda
Feb 06, 2011 Fernanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Persephone's Greek myth is seen in this book. Emily Whitman took the original myth and shaped it to be a new and interesting stories that the readers would adore. This book show exactly how one story can have more than one sides. If you know the Greek mythology then you know about Persephone being capture and taken to the underworld by Hades. During this time Demeter, Persephone's mother, went into a breakdown to find her daughter and forgot about the earth. Then when Demeter foun ...more
Samantha St. Myer
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Noemi Summer
Dec 05, 2015 Noemi Summer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It was a brilliant take on the Persephone and Hades myth! But then I love Persephone! It might have been nice to see more of Persephone's realationship with Hades but, then, you can't have everything. I liked the fact that Hermes was seen as a friend to both Hades and Persephone, instead of just the messenger her brings her back and forth every six months. Melita was a good, solid character. I also enjoyed the fact that Persephone visited her daughter at the end. I can practicly picture Persepho ...more
Reading Vacation
This book was fabulous! It was an interesting way to spice up an ancient tale. Who would have every expected that Persephone would leave Demeter on her own.

I found the title of the book to be fitting for the story. Persephone lives in both the upper and lower world - Radiant and Dark. She actually ends up with the best of both worlds.

Persephone becomes independent and strong. She makes her own decisions, but is able to stay close to her mother. I like that.
Shreya Kishore
Oct 15, 2011 Shreya Kishore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Greek mythology but only if it is narrated well. And Radiant Darkness was one hell of a well narrated story. A perfect example that a story changes with perspective. Persephone is not a damsel in distress nor is Demeter an epitome of great mother and Hades is someone whom no one can hate in this book. It also shows some teenage issues which are common in our modern world too. I would recommend it to everyone who loves a good story.
christy
Apr 29, 2013 christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, and the sweet refreshing twist on Persephone and Hades stories. I've read about what happened when she left him but none showed that she loved him. I didn't like the fact that she and Hades were not together a lot during her time in the Underworld but other than that it was great! I loved Hermes and Melita they, along with Persephone and Hades were my favorite characters! I would love to read more by her!
Ronnie Sawyer
Nov 05, 2011 Ronnie Sawyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! I recommend this to 8th-11th graders or people that just adore to read! It's a Hades and Persephone book (that alone is enough to make me give it AT LEAST a 3 star) You don't really see that much of Hades in the book but when ever he shows up you can't help but smile cause he's so good with Persephone :) It's a quick read like Emily Whitman's other book Wilddwing it took me less then a day finish.
Brittany Terrazas
Writing this brief review from memory since its been a while since I've read this. I thought it was a cute children's story about the relationship between Hades and Persephone. I didn't know anything from Greek mythology about Persephone's relationship with her mom but that was well done too. I liked the kinder side of Hades shown in this story. He seemed more lovable than his usual villainous depictions.
Ai Li Angelo
Dec 07, 2009 Ai Li Angelo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Amanda
Feb 19, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I love how whitman puts her own twist on the story of Persephone and Hades. Its romantic in a Bella Edward kinda way. I was sad when the pages started getting less and less. I was really hoping this story would never come to an end. if you like daughters of moon and books like such. def pick this book up.
Ana
Jan 23, 2011 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
After I finished this book, I wanted to cry because I knew reading it again would never be a new experience. I wish I hadn't read it yet, just so I could read it again. I am definitely going to wait until I forget about the story so I can read it again and hopefully get a fraction of the first time experience this book gave me.
Annaliese Brandt
Very good read. Makes you look at the myth in a whole new life. I wish there had been more description of why she loved hades, other taking her away from her mother. The only other problem I had wi this book is how fast characters changed, releasing anger and power-lust so easily
Liz
Dec 10, 2013 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It has always been my opinion that Hades just got a lot of bad rep because he's the god of the dead. In this book it shows that, while he's not perfect, he's really a good guy. And that he didn't kidnap Persephone, she went willingly. I love this book.
Caitlin
Mar 26, 2015 Caitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. I like how the author stayed true to the mythology, yet put her own spin on the story. I think the romance and fairytale feel of this story is what made the story for me. I absolutely love this book. I hope to see more romances from this author.
Victoria
Jun 01, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was debating between giving this book a four or a five. I really had nothing against it, so I gave it a five.

This twist on Persephone's tale was both intriguing but borderline bland. I did like the different play though...quite interesting.


Mrs. Kenyon
Jun 06, 2010 Mrs. Kenyon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, wannabees-11-12
This is a myth retelling. The story was captivating and kept me reading until the book was finished. Many myths are short songs, this is an expansion of the myth with a twist. What if the song was wrong to make the people happy.
Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads)
Mar 06, 2015 Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult & Young Adult Reader of Parnaomal Romance and Mythology
Recommended to Lisa D. Smith by: Book 4 Review Club
I am such a sucker for mythology, and the so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to review this novel with my reading group. Having already known the story of Persephone I was intrigued to see the twists Emily Whitman would add to the tale. In Radiant Darkness Whitman contradicts the myth of Persephone by allowing her to choose of her own free will her fate with Hades.

We only think you know true story. Poor, sweet and innocent Persephone snatched away from her beloved mother Demeter, by Hades. F
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Emily Whitman grew up in Boulder, Colorado in a household overflowing with kittens, hamsters and books. Her mother read her endless books and poems, her father tirelessly told stories into a reel-to-reel tape recorder, and her two sisters joined in perpetual games of make-believe. After inhaling all the Sendak, E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis and Tolkien she could find, she went to Harvard and studied compa ...more
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