13 March 2014

The Shadow Prince; Bree Despain

The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark, #1)The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A much better version of the Hades/Persephone story (with an Orpheus/Eurydice overlay) than Goddess Interrupted and a series I'm keeping my eyes open for, at least for the next installment.

There are so many Greek "clues": Olympus Hills, Haden, Daphne and Ellis Fields. But that's not a bad thing for readers. Unlike the Percy Jackson series, there doesn't seem to be any god/human offspring here. Haden is a god - of sorts - but what Daphne is may be more difficult to suss out. Their relationship does stretch credulity, but in some ways that's understandable, given the subject matter. The reason for the 4 stars is that there is promise here, even though there are also issues, like exactly what Daphne's role in saving the Underrealm is supposed to be (at least, I think that's why Haden is after her) and all the padding (something all too evident in series books that go over 300 pages, and this is 500+).

ARC provided by publisher.

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