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Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman
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Sep 01, 2011

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bookshelves: gods-demigods-immortals, greek-myth, young-adult
Read on September 01, 2011

3.5 It's a good YA retelling but feels a little underdone. I'd have liked a little more depth to other characters. Persephone is pretty well described and goes through some changes but the others are barely there. I'd have liked a little more about Hades and his relationship with Persephone. Once she's in the Underworld their relationship changes very little.
Mythology wise, it's not bad, though I was surprised that the Kore/Persephone aspect wasn't mentioned (her changing her name along with her status). The author sidesteps the question of who Persephone's father is and never mentions the relation between Demeter and Hades either - which isn't bad, at least it's not whitewashing it by insisting no gods were related like some other retellings do.
The governing of Underwolrd felt very modern, as did some turn of phrases here and there. The style of writing is rather simple and, well, I suppose Persephone does sound like a teenager.
I liked the first part more than the rest, overall it was OK.
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