Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it.
Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry’s first wife, Persephone. (GoodReads description)
ISBN: 0373210450, pb, 305pp, 2012 Harlequin Teen, YA, fantasy, romance, mythology
Growing up, I thought that I was the cleverest kid on the block because I was able to use an out-of-date World Book collection to create a detailed genealogical chart for all of the Greek deities (and Roman counterparts) based on the entries in those blue encyclopedias. What was I, 10? Yeah, probably. Don’t look at me like that. If you’re reading about a modern-day sequel of the story of Persephone, chances are probably that you did the same thing I did. 😉
Mythology has made a come-back in recent years (Percy Jackson, et al) but I’ve been looking for a few good reads (pun intended) centered around a heroine. So I was really happy to stumble upon this series. Book 1, The Goddess Test, was a refreshing take and I was curious where they’d pick up at in the sequel.
I’ve often said that middle books are difficult to pull off well but I think this book was actually more interesting than the first one in the series. We get to see more of the characters mentioned in the first book and they’re involved more in the plot, rather than just be background characters.
For example, we get to see the deities as deities and Hera isn’t done yet with messing in Kate and Henry’s life. They also introduce another villain in the series taken from mythos, the King of the Titans, currently locked up in Tartarus.
One of my favorite details of this book that may go unnoticed is the similarities in design between the mansion and the palace — the palace being on a much-grander scale because it is located in the Underworld.
There is something about Biblical in nature about it actually — it’s like the mansion is a “type and shadow” (Col. 2:17) of the real palace that Kate sees “dimly at first, but then face to face” (1 Cor. 13:12). That was just something that occurred to me while reading and thought it was interesting.
One small detail that you’ll adore are the love tokens Henry leaves for Kate on her journey, and I won’t spoil it by telling you what they are but I loved, loved, loved this detail.
A minor problem with the series that’s bothering me but I hope is fixed in the final book of the trilogy … the heroine isn’t very proactive. A lot that happens could be resolved by Kate being more forthcoming and I wish that Kate would do just that. Maybe it’s a growing phase?
Anyway, overall, I enjoyed this sequel and I’m looking forward to reading the finale. I recommend this book for anyone interested in YA Greek mythologies.