Title: A Touch of Darkness
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
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.A Touch of Darkness by Scartlett St. Clair
Feeding into my love for Persephone and Hades, A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair satiated all the HUNGER I had thanks to Lore Olympus. **If you haven’t read the webtoon yet, you need to GET ON THAT!** And brought an interesting spin to the myth retellings.
Persephone may be the goddess of spring but her touch is anything but green.
Since childhood, she’s been plight with a withering touch and no powers. Her mother smothers her and looking for a chance at some freedom, she moves to New Athens for college.
Everything seems to be going to plan until one night Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead, Hades. The terms? Grow life in the underworld. The stakes? Lose her freedom forever.
Persephone feels striped bare by the terms of the contract but determine to prove that despite not having magic like the rest of them, she will come out the victor and the God of Death himself would regret striking such bargain.
A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair was an enjoyable read.
The way Scarlett mixes the myths we all know and modern day was a nice and entertaining touch. The instant chemistry between Hades and Persephone, the banter, the denial…ugh, it made my little trash heart sing! And Minthe? I just love to hate her!
The author explains she wants to explore the story more and I honestly hope so. The book ends on a good note, leaving little question but it doesn’t end how we all know their story ends. I would love to see more of Persephone in the Underworld and her ascension to Goddess-hood and Queen.
One of the few things that made me rate this a 3 was there wasn’t much world building and the fact that I wished we had more conflict with Minthe. Minthe seemed to only show up to spur along some parts of the story but as Hade’s ex-lover, I would’ve loved to see her stir the pot more. I needed more angst. More heart-break!
Not to mention, I felt like the conflict fell a bit flat. It didn’t affect me, didn’t make me feel for either of our characters. It felt like a tiff between two people, nothing that could potentially have everlasting consequences/effects. It didn’t make me believe that it was over….But that’s just me.
Regardless of my pickiness, A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair gets a 3/5 stars from me.