Book Review: Persephone: Hades’ Torment by Allison Shaw

Persephone: Hades’ Torment

Author: Allison Shaw
Publisher: Seven Seas (November 23, 2021)
Paperback, 164 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels, Fantasy Romance
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Summary

In this sexy, full-color graphic novel romance first released as a webcomic, desire blooms in the goddess of the harvest when she meets the ruler of the underworld.

According to the ancient legend, the Lord of the Dead kidnapped the innocent daughter of Demeter–or did he? The truth is, Persephone is no damsel in distress, but a spirited young lady with an overbearing mother. A failed scheme by Apollo leads Persephone to a chance encounter with the mysterious and handsome Hades, who is struck by love’s arrow. Now Hades must wrestle with his aching heart before he loses total control of his feelings, but desire is raging inside Persepone herself.

This sensual take on Greek mythology, a self-contained graphic novel perfect for romance novel readers and beyond, is recommended for older audiences.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

SWOON. I love a Hades and Persephone retelling, and this comic is everything. I love the art style and the tone. The little nods to other characters and stories from Greek myth are really wonderful. Some were like little Easter Eggs that I understood, and some went over my head because I didn’t know those stories or people (and had to go Google to learn!) If you don’t already know the myth of Hades and Persephone and how the seasons came to be, this comic might leave you a little lost. It very much seems to rely on the reader having some background knowledge of Greek myth and doesn’t really explain the plot points within this work itself. It doesn’t really work as a stand-alone for someone coming to it with no knowledge of Greek myth.

That being said! I absolutely die for the chemistry between Persephone and Hades. Him attempting to pull the arrow out repeatedly had me with hearts in my eyes. I do wish it had been a bit longer and gone more into depths with the various characters and relationships. Still, the art is absolutely gorgeous, the tone is amazing, and I finished it and then immediately went to the beginning to read through it again!

CW for attempted rape (side characters). There’s also some nudity/sex scenes that weren’t super explicit but also are NSFW (and, y’now, the nymphs had their boobs out, as nymphs are wont to do LOL)

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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