Hardcover, 274 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperTeen
(first published April 17th 2009)
Even paradise can be a prison
Persephone is immortal. Her mother is Demeter, all-powerful goddess of the harvest. Her friends are nymphs and dryads. She lives in a valley of eternal springtime, where everything is always blooming and nothing ever changes. And she wants out. She wants to grow and change, make mistakes, fall in love . . .
When a dark stranger arrives in her vale–all skin and breath and power–she may finally have her chance to do it all. But can the world survive a love so forbidden?
Radiant Darkness is a book I picked up and was completely unsure about, but a few pages is I was hooked! A Great Twist on the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. In the original Myth Persephone was Kidnapped by Hades and forced to become his queen. Emily Whitman tells her story from the perspective of Persephone, a girl who only wants to explore the world outside, but is forced to live a sheltered life by her overprotective mother. When Persephone meets Hades her world is flipped upside down. This is where the twist comes in, Persephone falls in love with Hades and WILLINGLY runs away to become his queen in the Underworld.