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Dazzling Brightness (Greek Myths #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  181 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Emerging from the world of ancient Greece, Hades, Lord of the Underworld, and the mystical Persephone defy the gods of Olympus to defend an eternal love that they share between the sun and the shadows. Original.

From the mists of timeless legend... an enchanting, unforgettable tale of passion, intrigue and adventure that brings two mythical lovers magnificently to life...

Paperback, 446 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Pinnacle
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Sarah Mac
In a word: Blech.
In ten words: Blech, blargh, blargh, blech, blargh, you srsly suck so hard.

Yes, I will mock things that fail expectations -- I've got no problem criticizing what needs (or needed) improvement. But I'm a bookish optimist; I can almost always find something positive to say. Not this time.

Allow me to rant with copious picspam.

This was set to be a Buddy Read more than a month ago. I ordered a cheapo used copy, then waited...and waited. It never showed -- another casualty of the po
Could. Not. Finish.

I have no words to describe how bland and lame this was, but my Buddy Reader Sarah did an excellent job. Go read it and heed her advice.
Nov 13, 2011 marked it as did-not-finish
Wow. It takes serious skills to make THE UNDERWORLD boring. I tried, I really did (I am a sucker for anything involving Greek myths), but this book was so dull that I finally gave up halfway through. DNF.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this is the first book that showed me a revisiting of myths or legends. A retelling of Hades and Persephone's story as told from their POV - and a love story. Gellis has always been a wonderful story teller and I have made sure to hold onto this title in particular and it is one of the few I have reread a number of times.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Much as I adore the Persephone-Hades myth -- indeed, it's one of my favorite stories -- I did not enjoy this this book at all. Twice now I've sat down to read it, twice now I gave up in profound annoyance. Something about Gellis's writing style -- the thick, overly romanticized quality -- bothered me so much that it persistently distracted me from the story. I tried to like this, I really did. Until I accepted that I shouldn't have to try.
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love this take on Greek mythology. It is so refreshing and different. I especially love the spin that she put on the relationship between Hades and Persephone. It is nice to think of Hades in a different light.
Beverly Diehl
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this series, historical romance author Roberta Gellis takes on the Greek myths, this book being the story of Hades and Persephone.

Yes, he kidnaps her, with the conniving of Zeus; no, he doesn't rape her. In the Underworld, Persephone, who has long been restless under her domineering mother's thumb, finds purpose, love, and even a name (Demeter has only called her Kore, or "girl," meaning to pass on the name Demeter on her own deathbed).

Gellis's Greek gods aren't, really. They are another race
Kristi Thompson
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Greek myth redone as a fantasy romance, with the Olympians really just very long-lived mages. Same set-up as Bull God, but that seems to have been marketed as fantasy and this as romance. I'd like to know what the mages really are: the reference to common people as 'natives' suggests they're aliens, and I think there was something in Bull God about their arrival... But the common people can have mage-gifts, too, and Ariadne was made long-lived. Maybe one of Gellis's other books explains it bette ...more
M.M. Strawberry Reviews
The myth of H and P was well-presented in this story. The characters and their motivations were entirely believable. I was disappointed that they weren't actual gods, but the premise of mages and Gifts (and mortals worshipping Gifted ones as gods) made perfect sense.

Persephone and Hades are thoroughly likeable characters in this novel, and if you're a fan of romance and/or mythology, definitely get this book!
Jul 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Eh. I wanted to love it, but maybe I am just not that into Greek mythology? I've been told that this is a good representation of the Hades/Persephone myth, but it wasn't nearly as good as other historical fiction I've read.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this Book very funny, well done and a good romance. The best of her Greek books, though I liked Thrice Bound a lot, but I enjoy a strong romance and this was not one
Dec 06, 2012 marked it as to-read
Ashley Kempkes
Jul 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one. at all. A horrible H&P story!
My recommendation is not to read it. Not near as good as it sounds. It's horrible really.
Carrie Kellenberger
Oct 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
A friend gave me this book because she knows I have a strong interest in mythology. Suffice to say, it was awful. I could barely make my way through it. Utter drivel.
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Roberta Gellis has been one of the most successful writers of historical fiction of the last few decades, having published about 25 meticulously researched historical novels since 1964. She was married to her husband Charles for over 50 years and they lived together in Lafayette, Indiana with a lively Lakeland terrier called Taffy. She has one child called Mark.

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