Radiant Darkness

Radiant Darkness

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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 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 more--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 itself.

In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who--and what--she really is.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 274 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0061724491
  • 9780061724497
  • 443,286

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A steamy coming-of-age novel laced with feminist sensibilities. --ALA Booklist"
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2,446 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 28% (696)
4 32% (779)
3 27% (657)
2 9% (228)
1 4% (86)

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Have you heard the story of Persephone, daughter of the goddess Demeter? She was kidnapped by Hades and forced to live in the underworld as his queen. But that's not the real story - and Persephone is going to set the record straight. Demeter is strict - so much so that she keeps Persephone sheltered in a vale. Demeter doesn't seem to notice that Persephone is not a little girl anymore. And she never allows any men to visit. So when Hades finds his way into the vale, Persephone is intrigued. The two begin secret meetings and soon a forbidden relationship forms. When Hades asks Persephone to join him in the underworld, she can't wait to escape. Little does she know that her small decision will have a large effect on Earth. RADIANT DARKNESS is a fabulous retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone. The story has it all - a strict mom, a rebellious daughter, forbidden romance, sacrifice, and heartbreak! Author Emily Whitman does a great job turning the familiar story on its head and adding new layers. Her writing is full of vivid details and her descriptions of the underworld and the vale were pure magic. Persephone is believable and readers will find her relatable, despite her mythical background. I loved that she starts as just a normal girl, who's even a little klutzy! Her transformation throughout is beautifully written, and I was cheering for Persephone along her journey. Readers are sure to be enchanted by this thrilling debut!show more
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