He was supposed to be a myth. But from the moment I crossed the River Styx and fell under his dark spell…he was, quite simply, mine.
*A scorchingly hot modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that's as sinful as it is sweet.*
Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that's ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city's dark facade.
With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil's bargain with a man she once believed a myth...a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.
Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he's spent years craving, it's all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he'll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close…
"Deliciously inventive…Red-hot."—Publishers Weekly STARRED
"I get shivers just thinking of their interactions. SHIVERS."—Mimi Koehler for The Nerd Daily
The World of Dark Olympus:
Neon Gods (Hades & Persephone)
Electric Idol (Eros & Psyche)
Wicked Beauty (Achilles & Patroclus & Helen)
Radiant Sin (Apollo & Cassandra)
With this deliciously inventive retelling of Greek mythology, the Dark Olympus series launch, Robert (the Bloodline Vampires series) thrusts familiar figures into the present to intoxicating effect. There's nothing explicitly supernatural here; instead, the gods' powers are political. When socialite Persephone Dimitriou's mother, Demeter, tries to force her into a strategic marriage to the much-older, alleged wife killer Zeus, Persephone flees the upper city of Olympus across the River Styx and straight into the arms of Hades, the infamous ruler of the lower city. Strong, brooding Hades has shouldered the crushing responsibility of protecting the lower city ever since Zeus killed his parents, and very nearly him, when he was a boy. In Persephone he sees an opportunity for revenge and in Hades, Persephone sees the chance to have an affair so wild and public that Zeus will no longer want her. After agreeing to spend the winter together, Hades introduces Persephone to kink she's only dreamed of. But as their irresistible erotic connection deepens to love, Zeus will stop at nothing to reclaim his intended wife. Robert brings every element of a must-read dark romance to the table: high stakes, taut pacing, enticing characters, and sizzling chemistry. This red-hot romance is a winner.
Hades is HOTTTTT
I once went to a certain college the summer before my actual/official Freshman year of college, simply because I wanted to take the Greek Mythology class they offered there. (True story) I should also disclose that I meant to take notes to use for the reviewing of this goodness….but I got too wrapped up in reading it in less than 48 hours (and prioritizing over homework) that I didn’t think about stopping to do it. And then I immediately went on to the next book. 😬
So to say I have a “thing” for Greek Mythology is a slight understatement. What Katee Robert did with the love story between Hades and Persephone was fantastic. It is going to blow your mind if you are expecting the Hades from Disney’s Hercules though. He is the furthest thing from that! This is a side of Hades that no one has portrayed in anything I have read before.
The fact that these are not your classic telling of the stories is already a plus. But I love the way she has us eating out of the palm of her hand with the fresh, very current and down right SPICY 🌶️🌶️🌶️ telling of (Dark) Olympus. And quite frankly she has us begging for more books and STAT!
I like that KR emphasizes consent in all the sex. But in regards to the sex it was often public sex in the underworld. But to that end….it was in Hades world yet the people of Olympus ,both upper and lower districts, didn’t know he existed. That part has me confused.
I loved how she portrayed Zeus though. Because I think Z is a weirdo even in the way we are used to hearing any story with him in it. He has an ego for days, creepy, screwing anything and anyone and thinking its fine all because, by gollee, he is ZEUS! Ugh. I am no fan of his (not that he cares, haha).
I hope that the world building gets a bit better in the coming books. I will definitely be reading them as well. I also plan on reading her “dirty Disney” series after I read all of the Dark Olympus series that is available.
Until the next review, happy reading, my friends.
Okay so I started this series because I just have a profound interest in Greek mythology but also love romance novels. If you are thinking of reading this and you’re under 18 please reconsider it is sooooo spicy. I really did enjoy this and am looking forward to seeing where the series goes.
Interesting character ideas but not my preferred application