The Dark Wife

The Dark Wife Three thousand years ago a god told a lie Now only a goddess can tell the truth Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want except for freedom She lives on the green earth with her mothe

  • Title: The Dark Wife
  • Author: Sarah Diemer
  • ISBN: 9781461179931
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie Now, only a goddess can tell the truth Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want except for freedom She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences somethingThree thousand years ago, a god told a lie Now, only a goddess can tell the truth Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want except for freedom She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new choice Zeus calls Hades lord of the dead as a joke In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny But Persephone finds than freedom in the underworld She finds love, and herself.

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    1. 3.5 stars! I enjoyed this one! It's one of the more accurate retellings when it comes to Hades and Persephone's personalities, though I still don't think this Persephone had quite the fire I like to see. I prefer my Persephone a bit more fearsome. This book is also gayer than I thought it would be and it's awesome. Not only are the main characters gay, but most of the side characters as well. It's very female focused and I loved that. The pacing was what dragged this down for me personally. The [...]

    2. I’ll just say it right off the bat: I really loved this book. A large part of my love comes from the fact that there are very few YA books that represent me. Most YA books that have gay main characters usually deal with the coming out issue, or having the main characters dealing with their sexuality. It’s always an “issues” book. I’m not saying those books are bad--far from it, I think we need those books if they help gay teens--but we also need books where the sexuality of the main ch [...]

    3. I really wanted to like this, but I didn't. I'm sorry! But I really didn't. For starters, it was so gooshy. I feel like a twelve year old boy screaming "cooties" here, but jfc, there is a limit to how much of that oozing and gooshing and doe-eyeing at each other I can take. I mean, just to put this in perspective, I love romantic subplots! And I am a die-hard fandom shipper! BUT THIS WAS SO GOOSHY AUGH COOTIES.And Persephone, really, we get that you love Hades; you only tell us this about once e [...]

    4. The best word I can think of to describe Sarah Diemer's debut novel The Dark Wife, is sweet. It is a very pretty revisionist retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone, rich in atmosphere and romance. The premise is promising. Persephone, the daughter of the ambitious Earth goddess Demeter, falls in love with a nymph named Charis. But her beloved is tragically taken away from her when she resists the lecherous advances of Zeus, who Persephone later discovers is her father. Filled with hatred [...]

    5. "You go there every day. You speak with them, but they don't remember your visits. The don't listen. They don't change. So why Why do you put yourself through this trauma, in vain?" "I must." Hades regarded me evenly. "If I can provide peace for even one moment, one moment in an eternity of moments, my efforts, none of them, were in vain."I don't think I'll ever be able to look at a pomegranate again without crying. What a wonderful, emotional and glorious story. The word beautiful appears 62 ti [...]

    6. I expected The Dark Wife to be a romantic lesbian Young Adult retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth, a sort of modernized, supernatural love story underground. That turned out to be only the surface layer of an empowering, emotional, spiritually rich journey of one young woman who, with uncommon courage and compassion, overcame the impossible in charting a destiny of her own making to become one of the most powerful and enduring Goddesses of all time. Persephone reclaims her life from those [...]

    7. I was all over this concept, let me say straight off. Honestly it's the concept that kept this from being a two starred review. This book almost hits a lot of interesting points repeatedly, but it always tends to land shy of where it seems to be going. The notions of Greek Gods being human-like but also not kind of worked, but Zeus and Hades were so polarized in terms of evil and good respectively (and isn't that a twist compared to most modern tellings) that it was hard to really take either of [...]

    8. 3.5 stars. So this is a sapphic retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth. It's not the best thing I've ever read, but it's definitely solid. ♔ Hades and Persephone are each likable, decent characters. Hades is a little flat and far less evil than you'd expect. Persephone isn't full of personality, but her character arc as she goes from a woman without much agency to a woman in full control of her own destiny makes up for her initial character. The ending of her character arc is especially powerf [...]

    9. I just love when old myths are retold and the beliefs we have about the old Gods are questioned. Here we are asked to imagine a thoughtless and selfish Zeus and a kind, loving and gentle Hades, whose actually a Goddess. And I must say it makes much more sense. I'd rather imagine a gentle "Lord" of the Dead - for death is everlasting and unchangeable. Who would want to be ruled by someone cruel and cold forever?What astonished me was the poetry hidden in this story, in the descriptions, in the sy [...]

    10. I wanted to like this. I really did. But I couldn't. Not really.It has its moments. I loved that scene in Hades where the dead were finally allowed to enter the Elysian Fields, only to find that it wasn't the paradise they thought it were, but just a different side of the coin of suffering. But at the same time, this pleasure is marred by the fact that well, I was wondering the whole time how much the author really knew about ancient Greek mythology so as to re-tell one of the most controversial [...]

    11. (Actual Rating: 3.5 stars)Imagine that everything you knew about Greek mythology was skewed so that Zeus could better control mortals by spreading lies and untruths.  Imagine if Hades, ruler of the Underworld, was actually a goddess.  Imagine if Persephone, daughter of Demeter, actually chose to escape to the Underworld instead of being kidnapped.  The Dark Wife, debut novel from Sarah Diemer, is a tale that turns Greek myth inside out and makes it something darkly beautiful, a gem among the [...]

    12. Audiobook version: Though i like the narrator from other books I've listened to, this is one book where despite having a good narrator, i enjoyed reading this book more. I'm still giving it 5 stars because i love Sarah Diemer's writing. I love her prose and pacing, not too mention the re-telling of this Greek mythology. It was just weird having someone else put their inflections on it. I recommend this book however you get it.

    13. SapphicAThon: RetellingI don't know what it is about the author's writing but I just don't like it. I think I would've liked this more if I knew anything about the Hades and Persephone myth.

    14. “You are so loved, Persephone. You will endure such sorrow, but you will transform the world.”3.25 stars.Mmmmm. Lots of mixed feelings here. The relationship between Hades and Persephone was sweet, but there wasn't much else to this. The writing was good sometimes, and not good sometimes? I feel like I would have enjoyed this if it was shorter. A lot of the story felt pretty isolated and directionless, because of the handful of subplots that kept fading in and out. Persephone mostly just sat [...]

    15. Nice premise (lesbian Persephone retelling with a female Hades), rather simplistically/amateurishly executed. I do wonder, as with the lesbian Cinderella novel "Ash", if I would have liked this better as a curious teenager, since it's aimed at the YA set, who is of course pretty lacking in same-sex romances of any sort. However, I am left just wanting to recommend my friend Katherine Beutner's marvellous "Alcestis", a retelling of a Greek myth which involves a girl's descent to the Underworld in [...]

    16. The Dark Wife, by Sarah Diemer, is a lesbian separatist reformulation of the Persephone myth.Now, I suppose that someone could do a *good* lesbian separatist reformulation of the Persephone myth, especially if they start out with the first nonstandardness of The Dark Wife, viz. that Hades is a woman. I've certainly read versions of the myth in which Persephone actively chooses Hades for one reason or another.But The Dark Wife has some divergences from Greek mythology which I find blasphemous (as [...]

    17. I decided to try this after reading Vinaya's review. She made some good points about the works of self-published authors that, having been reading some of them myself, I was curious to verify.Quality-wise this is a 4 star book. But it would be unfair of me to rate it like that because I've been giving 4 stars to books I've enjoyed much more. The thing is, romance is not exactly my cup of tea. I mostly just tolerate it in my stories rather than it being my reason for picking them. Anytime that th [...]

    18. First of all, I love this cover.Second, I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I was a little worried about the quality of writing I've come to expect from self-published books, but this was good! It's a simple story, and the synopsis pretty much tells you everything that happens in the book. It's a teen romance that unfolds slowly, but with a mythological twist. I really enjoyed it.Full review to be posted soon at The Lesbrary!

    19. it was so cute and so gay but it is also a very simple story. I mean everyone is good and gay BUT Zeus who is blamed for everything.I would have love to have a little for more depth for pretty much everyone, the idea of a lesbian retelling of Hades and Persephone is great but not very well executed.

    20. A gorgeous re-telling of the myth of Hades and Persephone as a consensual lesbian romance with a gender-switched Hades. And if that doesn’t get your attention, then I don’t know my friends list.Persephone’s idyllic girlhood comes to a sudden, terrible end when her friend Charis, a nymph who had recently become her first lover, is raped by Zeus and transformed into a rose bush. Grieving and furious, Persephone is thinking of running away when she meets Hades, a goddess mockingly called “l [...]

    21. This book should have been up my alley, but it ended up not being quite to my taste. It's beautifully written and lush, and delivers what's promised--a consensual lesbian version of the story of Persephone and Hades. But Hades was so perfect she sort of bored me, and it never quite felt Greek in any meaningful way; it felt like the framework of the story was borrowed, but it never engaged with the assumptions of Greek myth and critiqued them, it just ignored them. The characters felt more like m [...]

    22. It was all right. That's all I can say, because I've already forgotten what this book was about. Just a quick, decent, but unimpressive read.

    23. Cross-posted with my tumblrYou know, even with my exam lurking around the corner, there's no heartache a good novel can't fix.Why yes, I do believe that. Why else would I always keep a copy of Lips Touch: Three Times nearby? The library is my Tiffany's, and books are the chicken soup for my dark, twisted soul and right now, Sarah Diemer's The Dark Wife grounds me when I ought to be nervously leafing through my textbook in the hopes of some knowledge seeping through into my head. In case you have [...]

    24. I don't exactly remember how I came upon The Dark Wife the first time. I don't think it was in the usual way -- I seem to remember that someone posted a to do list, and they were going to buy this book if they completed it. Something like that. Anyway, I was enchanted by the whole idea: a lesbian retelling of the Rape of Persephone, consensual and with a genderflipped Hades. A reclamation of a horrible story, in both a feminist sense and an LGBT sense. Apparently, it's based on older versions of [...]

    25. “You see, I have been content with the darkness. But then you came, with your fire. And you reminded me about the stars, shining in the dark, never wavering.” This book, apart from being a Hades and Persephone retelling, is the classic tale of the story being written by the ones in power. Hades is perceived by the entire world as the dark and awful "lord" of the Underworld but in reality, she's such a sweetheart. I would have fallen in love with her as well because she's such a kind and love [...]

    26. I picked this book up because the myth of Hades and Persephone is my favorite and any retelling is typically going to be interesting. The concept of this book, a female!Hades is wonderful and original but it goes downhill from there.The book itself feels strangely paced with some parts too rushed and other details just repeating themselves. One way to make your reader feel like they're trapped in the underworld too is just reiterating the same lines and concepts over and over. Yup, there's dead [...]

    27. tw: rapeI have no idea how to rate this. I loved the writing, and the beginning was strong, but Persephone felt too young and innocent for me to really get behind her relationship with Hades. I might lower the rating of this after thinking about it some more

    28. I've always thought that Greek Mythology lacked of lesbians.WellProblem. Solved.(Also, Zeus is treated as the jerk he actually is in this book. Loved it.)

    29. I'm gonna be frank here: I went into this book with high expectations, and I think that was my problem. On the one hand - it's a very solid work, a clever and sweet queer retelling of an old myth. I like it on principle as well as in fact, and it was an enjoyable read.On the other hand, I was expecting it to have more bulk to it, more breadth, and it didn't. It's a romance first and foremost, and there's nothing inherently wrong about that, except when (like me) you get it into your head that th [...]

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