Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Book Review: The Winter of Springtide's Queen by Danielle Ste. Just

The Winter of Springtide's Queen is a modern retelling of the Greek legend of Persephone and Hades. The story is cleverly done. The author obviously knows her Greek mythology and keeps true to the standard tropes about each Greek god.
Persephone has been hiding, passing as a human named Stephanie. Hades has been looking for her for centuries because she once ate four pomegranate seeds, she is bound to spend four months of each year in Hell. Once he discovers where she is living in Maine with her friend Jane, Hades has Zeus enforce the judgement that was passed on her and Persephone/Stephanie is whisked away to Hell.
Events go on from there. The story of Orpheus and Eurydice is recreated also, but I don't want to give too much away. An interesting character who acts as Hades' aide-de-camp is Portia from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. I enjoyed Portia as she tends to speak in iambic pentameter.
There were a few parts that were a little slow for me in the latter part of the book, but it ends very satisfactorily. I would recommend this book for a fun and well-written read.

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