Review: The Dark Wife

Author: Sarah Diemer

Genre: Fantasy, retelling, romance

Rating: 3.5/5

Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth. Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want–except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice. Zeus calls Hades “lord” of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny. But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.

I picked up this book after I watched the review by Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes. It is basically a lesbian retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone, with a female Hades. It is a very traditional retelling with the Greek gods in their traditional forms in every aspect except for their genders and sexualities.

It was a really interesting take on the legend. I liked the way Zeus was shown to be an asshole, and Hades to be a kindly goddess- so different from the usual. The romance was beautifully written-I am not much into romance, but I still found myself loving it. I loved Hades in the book. Unlike most retellings, were Hades is portrayed as a dark character, here, Hades is shown to be a really good person.

The only problem I had with the book was it was rather simple, and one dimensional. There wasn’t much character development or plot complexity or complexity in the romance. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mythology, and is looking for a quick read.


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