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Monday, May 18, 2009

Review - The Surrender of Persephone by Selena Kitt

Title: The Surrender of Persephone

Author: Selena Kitt

Publisher: Phaze Books

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Rating: You Want to Read

Reviewed by: Mickey

Sheltered Persephone, Goddess of Spring, never gets to do anything—
thanks to the suffocating love of her mother, Demeter. Sephie is being
carefully groomed to follow in the footsteps of the two "virgin"
goddesses, Athena and Artemis, and while they sure do have a lot of fun
together, she longs for something deeper—and darker. When Aidon, the God
of the Underworld—generally known as Hades—appears in his chariot to claim
Persephone for his bride, the young goddess gets more than she wished for.

Held captive in the Underworld, she suddenly longs to return to the safety
and security of her mother's protection, but the dark and commanding Aidon
binds her to him, claiming her bit by glorious bit as his own. Her coming
of age is one of sexual awakening as she learns the bondage her new master
imposes fulfills her darkest desires. Persephone finds herself submitting
to and obeying Aidon's command and discovers being taken and consumed in
the heat of passion by a man—a god—is what she was truly made for.

Persephone can't deny her own nature, or her growing feelings for Aidon,
as she submits to his domination and surrenders as his wife and prepares
to rule as his Queen.

As she finally admits her own feelings, Persephone faces the looming
specter of her history, which threatens to shatter the newly formed bonds
between the couple. She must now face not only her past, but her present,
and her future—no longer only the Goddess of Spring, but also as the wife
of Aidon and Queen of the Underworld—and the choices she will be forced to
make will change the world forever.

Creating a unique concept for a book is certainly difficult and I applaud any author with the bravery and initiative to try something new. The only problem with taking chances is that they do not always live up to our expectations. The Surrender of Persephone is a good book, I suppose after the build-up of the synopsis I was expecting a great book and the found myself a little disappointed. It does have positive points: the relationship between Sephie and Aidon is well-written, believable and very hands on, if you know what I mean. I did like Ms. Kitt’s use of mythology and in setting the scene for the kidnapping she managed to stay very true to the original storyline with that part of her book. What I found most discordant was the addition of Artemis and Athena as playmates for Persephone. The interactions between Sephie, Artemis and Athena as an alternative to that of Aidon, seemed trite and lacking substance, completely unnecessary to advancing the storyline – people groping for no apparent reason become bodies on a page serving as space fillers. The descriptions of the Underworld and the beings that inhabit it are a nice addition to the story, and very imaginative with several serving as entertaining secondary characters. Overall, Persephone’s “maturity” at the hands of Aidon/Hades is an interesting book and one that should satisfy many readers, I just can’t say that it completely satisfied me.

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