"Fantastic retelling of the story of Persephone"
In Hellas, Persephone is the prettiest maiden in the land,
but though she has female friends like Echo and Narcissa,
boys her age have nothing to do with her except the
bodacious Hermes. Males fear her mother Demeter who has god-
like powers and her great-grandfather High Priest
Aristippus who communicates directly with Zeus. Persephone
lives like a bird in a gilded cage as Demeter keeps her
safe and apart from the other gender with an iron fist that
only she and Aristippus can use.
That is until the Lord of the Underground, Hades, sees her
and desires her. He comes up from under the ground in her
garden to abduct Persephone. In his dark realm he offers
his "soul" to her, but she rejects him. Frustrated, but not
a quitter, the obstinate intelligent Hades courts his
prisoner showing her what no male dared, a wondrous world
even if it is home to the dead. Feeling alive for the first
time Persephone begins to see passion for the first time
with her underworld warden even as her mother searches
heaven and earth for her.
Alicia Fields provides a fantastic retelling of one of the
great Greek mythological tales, the story of Persephone.
The heroine, her wannabe lover and her determined mother
come together in a delightful romance even with the
underground as the setting. Fans of modern day renditions
of the ancient mythos will treasure Ms. Fields'
entertaining novel of LOVE UNDERGROUND.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted June 28, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 5, 2007