In this powerful, passionate reimagining of the Persephone myth for fans of Lore Olympus and Melissa Albert, two former best friends--split apart by betrayal--find themselves reunited in the Underworld. But will either one make it out, or will the darkness that's growing in each of them consume them whole?
For all of Corey’s life, it’s been Bree and Corey, Corey and Bree. Best friends, the girls are inseparable—until a devastating betrayal leaves Corey shattered and alone. Corey is sure nothing could hurt more, until Bree suddenly dies. Now Corey is heartbroken and furious. How can she mourn her one-time friend when she is still so angry at her?
Yet Corey and Bree’s tale is far from finished. When Corey accidentally catches a glimpse of Bree’s spirit passing into the afterlife, she finds herself face to face with a god pulled from the darkest myths of her girlhood: Hades, lord of the dead.
Turns out, the legends are real. But Hades is different from what Corey imagined—and so are the Furies, terrifying and beautiful creatures who encourage Corey to embrace her rage. The more Corey discovers about the Underworld, the more her own power stirs. But can she resist the lure of the darkness within?
December 12, 2023
14 and up
Grade 9 & Up
Melinda Salisbury is the four-time Carnegie nominated and bestselling author of multiple young adult novels, including the Sin Eater's Daughter series, the State of Sorrow duology, Hold Back the Tide
, and Her Dark Wings
. Her books have been published in fifteen countries, to date.
She lives on the East Sussex coast.
"Salisbury realistically captures the tension, anxiety, and rage of a teenager who’s been betrayed by people she trusted against the backdrop of a darkly atmospheric setting....Original and compelling
." —Kirkus Reviews
"The author’s rendering of Corey’s turmoil as well as characters such as introspective Hades and enigmatic Oracle highlights a skillful command of emotional depth in this intense fantasy
." —Publishers Weekly
"An easy sell to fans of Greek mythology, this will also appeal to readers who like their romances on the dark side
." —The Bulletin
"A feisty, compelling
modern-day retelling of the Persephone myth." —Shelf Awareness
"Ethereal and otherworldly
....Mythology retellings are numerous and beloved, but this unusual, poetic take on the Persephone myth stands out." —Booklist