Contemporary Romance Fiction

King of Shadows by Amelia Wilde

Title: King of Shadows (king of Shadows #1)

Author: Amelia Wilde

My Rating: 3/4

Type: Series — Ends with cliffhanger

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Narration: Dual POV

Primary Characters: Persephone & Hades

 Source: ARC – Courtesy or Author/publisher

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review.

This is the first book I’m reading and reviewing of author Amelia Wilde. I was interested after reading the blurb and realized after I read few chapters in this book that it’s a recreation of old mythological Greek story of Persephone and Hades.

In this modernized tale Demeter has hid her daughter Persephone from the world. Demeter has repeatedly told her daughter – “Devil Hades lives in the mountain”. Persephone, not being exactly aware of the dangers of world decides to run away from the clutch’s of her mother and she is almost successful with the help of Decker. One-minute things will be fine and in next moment things go south bad and fast. She meets the Devil Hades and he takes her with him to his dark kingdom.

She is scared, angry, lonely and just heartbroken when Hades takes her to his kingdom in mountains. But she is also oddly attracted, fascinated and aroused by him. Hades is cold hearted, cruel, ruthless and arrogant. Arrival of Persephone has bought the dominant side of Hades too active. Now the push and pull between them have started.

Reason for Low Rating : It felt like their connection was more physical. I personally felt apart from looks none of the skills and characters were highlighted well. Total erotica theme, there was nothing new or added concept in the book. I felt like every minute of their feelings was dissected more than required.

Book moved in slow pace for me. Demeter’s reaction was exactly as expected, hope to see more of her reasons for the way she bought up her daughter so navie in the next books. I can’t comment much about Zeus at this point.

If you are interested in the modernized, erotica, dark version of Persephone and Hades story, then this is for you.

 Blurb as per Goodreads

Luther Hades has always been my family’s sworn enemy. He’s the opposite of everything we stand for—ruthless to the core.

I want my freedom, but Hades wants me. And I’ve walked straight into his trap.

There has to be a way out of his fortress of a mansion. I’ll get away—I have to. Even if it costs me everything.

And it will cost me everything: my body, my soul…and my heart.

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