By Dani Hoots
Chrys has been in the Underworld for thousands of years, hidden away by her father, Hades, from all the other gods. He's afraid that if someone finds out about her, that they will destroy her because of the dichotomous power that she holds, the power of life and death. So she has remained in the Palace of Hades all her life, making very little friends and always bored out of her mind.
Huntley would have never guessed that after he died that he would wake up with a beautiful girl standing over him. And that she would be the Dark Lord of the Underworld's daughter. Yet, for some reason, she keeps him around as her tutor, as if he knows anything about the world. But Huntley knows that all she really wants is a friend; being trapped in the Underworld can get pretty lonely.
That is, until Chrys decides that she wants to run away to the human world after a big fight with her mother Persephone. Chrys claims that her father is over reacting and that nothing bad will come of it. There's no way that the gods will notice she's there for only a couple of days, right?
Chrys is the secret daughter of Hades and Persephone and as such is confined to the Underworld to avoid letting the Gods know of her existence. Her training to judge the dead takes up a lot of her time during the day and in the evening she talks of earth with her friends A.J and Huntley. Recently Chrys has been yearning to escape the Underworld and explore the world beyond to escape her mother’s drama and her overprotective father at least for a few days.
I found this book very readable and suitable for the young adult genre. I have always found the Greek Gods interesting so I liked that some of the myths and legends around them were includes within the story.
I also liked the font used to announce a new chapter and the pictures next to the names of the character that was the main focus of the chapter. These pictures helped me easily distinguish between Chrys’ and Huntley’s chapters.
Hades was by far my favourite character in the book. I liked the way the author showed his love for his daughter, “my little flower in this dark world.” He obviously cares about her and Persephone very much. In general Hades is portrayed as misunderstood and hard done by.
Persephone on the other hand is portrayed as a thoroughly unlikeable character and the source of much angst for Chrys.
I enjoyed this book and will definitely read the next in the series. If you enjoy a light-hearted read for young adults then this is a good choice but it was a bit too young for me.
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