Title: Summer Queen & Midnight Kingdom (King of Shadows #2 & 3)
Author: Amelia Wilde
My Rating: ⭐⭐
Type: Series. Book 2 & 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Modern day fairy tale
Narration: Dual POV
Primary Characters: Persephone & Hades
Source: ARC – Courtesy or Author/publisher
I’m writing a clubbed review for both book 2 & 3 together.
Hades and Persephone’s story continues here and book picks up directly where King of Shadows left off, with Persephone taken and Hades desperate to get her back. Hades get her out of the Zeus clutches and brings her back into his sanctuary. Persephone’s character improved slightly over the curse of the story however she downright starved for his attention and the pleasure he gives her. The relationship didn’t hold my interest for long. It was more of physical relationship. Character development was less, but totally loved climax where Persephone owns and walks like a queen and discuss and war strategies like a queen. Climax was the only highlight of the entire book.
This is the final book in the journey of Hades and Persephone. We see lot of action in this. Zeus and Demeter form an alliance and start the war with Hades. Persephone acts like queen and oversee several things, still lags in several things. This book highlights the importance of Demeter & Persephone who are goddess of agriculture and spring time flowers and vegetation. In this modern retell they will cut off the food and other essential services to the mountain. It highlights how they overcome that problem.
We see Poseidon and some of Hades early ages background. I’m not sure how relevant is Hades background is in this story vs mythology. I couldn’t find any extraordinary reasons to love Hades. He was no different than in book 1 vs this. But I loved the reasoning for his love for Conners. I sometime liked his softer side shown to others in the mountains. We see Persephone blooming, from being shy and innocent to confident queen.
Overall, my opinion on this entire series still stands the same. It was more physical connection than character or skills. If you are interested in the modernized, erotica, dark version of Persephone and Hades story, then this is for you.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review.