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June 27, 2023 at 01:57 AM UTC

The Soulless Slipper by Abigail Manning.

This is a Hades and Persephone meets Cinderella retelling, and I’d put it as my third favorite behind Kitty’s and Kimberly A. Rogers’ versions!


June 12, 2023 at 08:55 PM UTC

Can I be cheeky and mention one I’ve written? It’s called Nightshade.


June 11, 2023 at 12:56 AM UTC

A Tangled Web by Mercedes Lackey is a nice Hades and Persephone novella, but it’s been several years since I read it, and it might be a bit spicy. I recall that the first novel in that series was quite frank about sex, but not in a particularly titillating way. If that is a concern, you can avoid it unless another Kitty fan can be more informative.

Hades and Persephone Retellings

We’ve officially finished all the Gate of Myth and Power material. With that, it’s another retelling is in the books, so that means it’s time for a new list of retellings!

Hades and Persephone retelling list of books

The story of Hades and Persephone is probably the most well known love story in Greek mythology. (As I mentioned, it’s my favorite out of all the Greek myths!)  If you find yourself craving more Hades and Persephone stories, you should take a look at this list of clean/sweet romance retellings of this love story.

I’ll start this list off with my own Hades and Persephone retelling, the Gate of Myth and Power trilogy! This is a funny, urban fantasy retelling in which my version of Persephone disguises herself as a cat, and is unwillingly adopted by Noctus–the elf king of death aka my version of Hades–as his new pet. It’s an unusual start to the story, but you’ll see lots of familiar Greek characters, like Kerberos and Charon!

Next up is my personal favorite, which also single-handedly is responsible for turning me into a fantasy romance nut, and that is:

Keturah and Lord Death– Martine Leavitt

I love this book. You NEED to read it! It’s so fun, and twisty, but so cute! (The publisher put a darker cover on it right now–I have no idea why. It’s the quintessential fantasy romance, so don’t be scared off by it!) If you’re buying books on a budget you should be able to get this one through your local library system, but it’s so cute you’ll want to buy it!

The rest of the recommendations on our list were put together by the Champions from our community (thanks to Vin for organizing these). And as another reminder, this isn’t an exhaustive list as we focused on clean/sweet retellings!

  1. Seeking Persephone– Sarah M. Eden

  2. Of Earth and Shadows– Kimberly A. Rogers

  3. Dark King and the Eternal Dance– Alesha Adamson

  4. The Concord Coalition– Kenley Davidson

  5. The Hollow Kingdom– Clare B. Dunkle

  6. Linnet and the Prince– Alydia Rackham

  7. Phone Home, Persephone– Kate McMullan

  8. The Goddess Girls (series)– Joan Holub

  9. The Darkest Summer– Rebecca Greenwood

  10. Peaceweaver – Everly Haywood

Are there any sweet/clean Hades and Persephone stories that we missed? Share them in the comments down below!

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