A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair (Hades & Persephone #1)

Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.

Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible.

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.

The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a Goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows—and it’s forbidden.

CONTRIBUTOR(S): Meg Sylvan (Narrator)
PUBLISHER: Tantor Audio
YEAR: 2019
LENGTH: 409 pages (11 hours 7 minutes)
AGE: Adult
GENRE: Fantasy, Romance

DNF 2 hours 26 minutes in (22%)

Stopping because Persephone is happy that Hades is paternalistic and sexist, punishing someone because they scared her and she’s a woman. There’s also some ableist language in a way that’s not important to the narrative, and Persephone keeps thinking of some non-human people as “creatures” and “monsters” in a way that feels disparaging. I don’t like this version of Persephone and I don’t like how the story is being told.

Moderate CW for sexism, emotional abuse, violence.

Minor CW for ableist language, alcohol, alcoholism, stalking, death.

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