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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 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 young woman When Hades appears to Persephone in the protected vale Demeter has created, Persephone finally has someone who treats her as an adult rather than a child Hades offers her the choice to stay in the vale or become his queen, and Persephone makes her choice What follows is the story of how Persephone transitions from self absorbed child to a caring and determined young woman and finally to a radiant queen Radiant Darkness was a quick read I have always loved mythology and truly enjoyed this version of the story It was engaging from the beginning Although I felt that it took Persephone a little too long to catch on to both her husband and her mother s desire forpower, the story is still entertaining Persephone s chafing at the beginning under her mother s over protectiveness will be something that teens ready to experience their own independence will easily empathize with I look forward to readingfrom this author in the future Cautions for sensitive readers Persephone is married to Hades, but nothing that happens in the bedroom is shown everything regarding sex happens off screen There is no language and no violence 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 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 with a WHINY HEROINE.And SINCE, I am trying to be nice really, I am haha, yeah right I won t say that about it It s a tough job, you know But some sorry soul gotta do it.In this retelling, Persephone claimed that the The Rape of Persephone story was wrong on so many levels So naturally, I was inclined to form high expectations from Persephone I thought that she would be this badass MC that kicks butts I thought that this would be a cool underworld adventure story I thought that I would immensely enjoy this book.Well, I thought wrong.The book started with Persephone whining how her mother treats her like a baby She whined that she doesn t get out of the vale She whined that she can t do adult things And in between those whining sessions, she weaves OkaayyyWhen Hades appeared, she temporarily stopped whining and started obsessing about romance And then BAM They fell in love Another okaayyySo we all know that Hades took Persephone to the underworld without Demeter s permission, right Apparently, what we DIDN T know is that Hades likes to ride horses all day When he isn t CONTROLLING Persephone, he gallops away with a steed.Err how interesting How two dimensional How LAME.Persephone is the tamest, most domestic and clueless goddess I have ever read It would be an overstatement if I say that NOTHING happened in this book But that s what I thought while reading it She weaved, kept a garden and took royalty lessons I don t know about you, but I think that gods and goddesses taking royalty lessons Princess Diaries style is laughable Umm they re GODS and GODDESSES They don t need those useless shit But who am I to whine, right I m just a reader.Okay, so as I ve mentioned earlier, NOTHING happened in this book Well, something did happen back on Earth When Persephone learned about the drought, you would think she would put two and two together Hello Earth to Persephone Your mother is the goddess of harvest, why do you think this is happening Most of the time, her naivety is bordering on stupidity it s not even funny.And finally, the writing Yes, I want to talk about the juvenile writing I am not a fan of child like writing style so I didn t like this book I m sorry, but I was led to believe that the author is a big fan of Disney movies and happy endings The writing wasn t horrible but there were no consistencies Reading this book is like riding an unmoving roller coaster I wished I could say that this book wasn t for me, but I am a sucker for mythology, so that s not even the case. 4 Stars 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 4 Stars 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 Forcibly raped and imprisoned in the Underworld as his queen Demeter grief stricken wreaks havoc on the earth until Persephone is allowed to come back for a few months out of every year Could that be right What if that was not what happened What if Persephone met and fell in love with Hades What if she left of her own free will How would the story go then Emily Whitman answers these with a twist that makes one look at Hades in a new light.Excerpt PERSEPHONE Daughter of DEMETER, the harvest goddess Kidnapped and forced to Wrong In every book of myths, the same in every book, wrong Oh, I know it all got complicated because of the choices I made I m not trying to pretend I m blameless Still, after thousands of years, I wish people knew what really happened when I walked in my mother s flowering vale and the black horses landed, crushing flowers and filling the air with heady perfume Just once I d like to set the record straight Whitman, Emily Radiant Darkness Kindle Locations 96 100 HarperCollins.I expectedfrom the story of Persephone If you are a fan of Greek mythology like I, then you should give this book a read However, rated grades 9 and up you have to be willing to overlook the poor childish writing.Among some of my favorites Outstanding literary work The characters are well developed, interesting The liked characters are likable and the hated are unlikable The writing is captivating enough to keep you interested until the end and leave you wantingIt has a fairly original or uniquely well developed plot The pretense and romance was well balanced and done with properly distributed amounts of hints, behaviors and chemistry Not so much predictable if at all Overall, loved it, I recommend reading 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 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 stories The relationship between Persephone and Demeter her mother was one that a lot of girls could probably relate to Demeter wanted to keep Persephone sheltered and safe Persephone saw this as a prison and didn t realize how much Demeter actually cared for her I like the growth that Persephone goes through and I enjoyed hearing the story from her point of view I also liked how Hades was portrayed in the book He is power hungry but you could tell that he was really in love with Persephone and saw the great potential that she had Overall, a very fun read If you like Green mythology than you will like this book I hope Emily Whitman writesbooks, especially ones based on Greek lore He smiles Hello It s a deep voice I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toesI 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 skinPersephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world But her mother s a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful Paradise has become a trap Just when Persephone feels there s no chance of escaping the life that s been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives A stranger who promises something something dangerous and exciting something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice A choice that could destroy all she s come to love, even the earth itselfIn a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who and what she really is 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 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 entering their realm therefore, Persephone has never seen a real live male before She is fed up of being secluded from the rest of the world and as much as she begs, she is not allowed to go down to Earth It is such a bore to be an immortal without any freedom.One innocent day when her mother is away, Persephone catches an alluring scent that she does not recognize Following it, it leads her to a man who has strong winged horses The first time she sees him, she runs away in fear How can there be a man in her mother s sanctuary No male is allowed there But her curiosity brings her back the next day She sees him again And it will not be her last.Although I m sure many will not agree that Radiant Darkness should be a 5 5 novel, I simply adore it too much There is something so elegant and soft about this one, which I can t help but love.I was so sure that Persephone was going to narrate in a refined and proper voice, using fancy big words To my surprise, she spoke like a regular teenager, pissed off that she could not do anything because she was too young Demeter kept telling her how the world below was dark and cruel and she should not be exposed to it I can totally sympathize and relate to Persephone because my parents are like that, too It makes one want to rebel And that, Persephone did when she fell in love with Hades.I was most disappointed with Hades s and Persephone s relationship They met and after a couple of times together, BAM , they are like in love I wished they went through some sort of hardship before they actually developed feelings for each other But I could understand why Persephone was attracted to him in the beginning he was the first person from the opposite sex she ever laid her eyes on Plus, he was a very nice guy, completely different from legends.One thing that had been bothering me though was Hades s supposed appearance in age He was described to have a beard, making me think that he was a much older man but without wrinkles cause he was a god and all The fact that I saw Persephoneas a teen in my mind, the picture of her and Hades together did not really work out But somehow, Whitman made it work And there were both immortal so I was sure either of them would age soon.Despite my complaints, I still think Radiant Darkness is a fantastic debut by Emily Whitman It is about a young goddess who chooses her own pathway, not letting anyone decide her fate It is one of the rare books out there that has quite some flaws but still has that great power to make you love it Therefore, I don t have a lot to gloat about for this one except that it is definitely a 5 5 in my eyes Romantics will definitely like this one And don t you just adore the cover 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 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 mythology Ever since I read Percy Jackson and the Olympians, reading different versions of Greek myths was something I loved to read Emily Whitman s version of Persephone s story is less violent, and I think I like her version better than the original Seeing what choices Persephone would make without her mother was really interesting to read If you like Greek myths, quick reads, and happy endings, then Radiant Darkness is recommended for you 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 adaring 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 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 adaring 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 down into the depths of hell, Radiant Darkness provided a new and fresh look and gives us the story of how Persephone made her own choice and went willingly to Hades I loved how the young goddess teenager seemed just like a regular teen well, except for her godly powers of course She had to face the same problems that most teens face today an overbearing mother, a feeling of loneliness, and the feeling of a need for an adventure.Hades, Persephone s lordly lover, is someone I definitely have mixed feelings about In the beginning, I really liked him because he seemed like the typical mysterious, dark, brooding, hot guy He seemed really nice However, when he managed to crown Persephone as his queen, I started to dislike him Why First, he didn t tell Persephone what was happening on Earth and left her guessing Second, he didn t tell her what her mother was doing to everyone so she was completely clueless Third, he was just being a total jerk However, despite his jerk ness, there were times when I knew that he really loved Persephone so it basically cancelled out all his negatives.The writing was also pretty amazing It definitely captured my attention and held it until the end of the book I really didn t want the book to finish because I wanted to know what happened to Persephone and Hades so hopefully there s a sequel coming out Teenage goddess Persephone lives in the loveliest vale created especially for her by her mother, Demeter, to protect her from the influences of men But Persephone is not happy in her own little heaven Demeter is belittling and babying, never allowing Persephone to attend any functions of mortal worship, always buying her toys that Persephone had loved as a child but now find childish.One day, a dark and alluring stranger appears in the vale with his chariot Persephone is imperceptibly drawn t Teenage goddess Persephone lives in the loveliest vale created especially for her by her mother, Demeter, to protect her from the influences of men But Persephone is not happy in her own little heaven Demeter is belittling and babying, never allowing Persephone to attend any functions of mortal worship, always buying her toys that Persephone had loved as a child but now find childish.One day, a dark and alluring stranger appears in the vale with his chariot Persephone is imperceptibly drawn to this stranger, and even when he turns out to be Hades, powerful and feared king of the Underworld, she barely hesitates at his offer to be queen by his side for eternity In Hades Underworld Persephone assumes her queenly duties but also finds delight in her garden and observing the mortals Her husband is not perfect, but she is happy.But all is not right in the world Demeter, grief stricken and determined to get her daughter back in her safety, ravages the world until Persephone cannot deny the fact that her mother is destroying the earth to get her back Persephone must make a choice will she remain in the Underworld where she is successful and happy, or will she right the wrongs that her leaving has created by returning to her mother RADIANT DARKNESS is like a lot of Greek myths and fairy tales fascinating although perhaps not brilliantly written Who said the Grimm brothers were actually skilled with words, not just ideas The world where Persephone and her fellow gods, goddesses, and shades reside is alluring and inviting descriptions of lush valley life and the hustle and bustle of a busy Underworld will make you, like me, long for somewhere on earth that s just as beautiful.Persephone is a surprisingly versatile character, really just a teenage girl who s trying to gain independence from her overbearing mother Her conflict with Demeter, one that comes naturally with the territory of adolescence, is something we can all relate to.However, I found RADIANT DARKNESS lacking in almost everything else Besides for Persephone, none of the other characters who were all fascinating characters that I would have loved to knowabout were solidly defined for me Hades and Persephone s relationship developed swiftly and excitingly, and then fell flat on its face once, you know, they were actually married And you wonder why people always say it s all downhill from the wedding No excitement No change.It s not a particularly brilliant written story will probably appealto middle school mythology fans but RADIANT DARKNESS still has its charm and its strength in its protagonist 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 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 half, when Demeter was happy, became the spring and summer, and those months when Persephone was no longer by her side became winter and fall Or so the myth goes But what if Persephone wasn t kidnapped but actually chose to become the Queen of the Underworld At the beginning of the book, Persephone lives in the world her mother created for Persephone s protection And despite being at the age when mortal girls are sacrificing their toys to enter adulthood, Demeter won t allow her to do so, forcing her to remain in that state between adulthood and childhood A world where no men are allowed and in such a place, how will Persephone ever fall in love Until the day a mysterious stranger appears in the field Though she doesn t know his name, she sneaks every day to meet him, hoping all the time that her mother won t find out And when she discovers his identity and he asks her to come with him, she immediately says yes.The Persephone Hades myth is my all time favorite, so of course I had to read this book I really love the idea of Persephone not being kidnapped but actually choosing to join Hades Radiant Darkness


About the Author: Emily Whitman

In Emily Whitman s novels for kids and teens, myth and magic are part of everyday life The Turning, based on Celtic folklore, is a Junior Library Guild selection Radiant Darkness was number one on the IndieBound Kid s Next List Wildwing won the Oregon Book Award and was a Bankstreet College Best Children s Book Emily grew up in Colorado and studied history at Harvard and UC Berkeley She s worked in bookstores and behind library reference desks Emily loves researching her books, whether by mining library treasures or learning to fly falcons She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon Come visit her at emilywhitman.com.


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