Radiant Darkness (Hardcover)
April 2009 Indie Next List
“Emily Whitman has written an inventive retelling of the myth of Persephone's kidnapping by Hades and her stay in the Underworld. In this version, she is a willing participant in the seduction, but then has to establish herself as an equal in her relationship with Hades. Are there modern overtones? Yes, and they help make Radiant Darkness a very good story.”
— Nicola Rooney, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
He smiles. "Hello."
It's a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.
I know I should leave, but I don't want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I'm all eye, all ear, all skin.
Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother's a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there's no chance of escaping the life that's been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more something dangerous and exciting something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she's come to love, even the earth itself.
In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who and what she really is.
“Whitman makes Hades and Persephone (Hadephone? Persades?) a glam celebrity couple that everyone will want to read about.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A steamy coming-of-age novel laced with feminist sensibilities.”
“Will satisfy fans of Libba Bray and Stephenie Meyer.”
“A terrific story of a girl on the edge of womanhood, caught between a mother who offers no reverence and a boy who offers worship.”
-Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author