Greek mythology is full of characters that dominated their period of worship in the world. The tales encompass many things from the heroic to the sad. One such tale is that of the Goddess Persephone who would become the Queen of the Underworld. She had the power to cause vegetation to grow during the spring months. Her story can be said to be a bit tragic as she was abducted by Hades to the underworld, but she would try and help those souls that came before her in judgment.
This story is one that those who have studied Greek mythology would know. The book, Persephone (Daughters of Zeus), readers will find a more modern retelling of the story. The story takes Persephone from being taken by Hades to a much more compelling story, and that of a heroin.
Author Kaitlin Bevis tells the reader Persephone’s story through the eyes of a somewhat typical teenager. She is attending school, can drive, and has a really close friend named Melissa. Her mother, Demeter, understands a teenager’s life and even gets her tickets to see her favorite performer, Orpheus.
It’s prior to that concert and toward the end of yet another school day that Persephone’s life begins to get weird. She has been hearing voices for some time and recently has noticed bits of frost appearing around her. Some of her best friends have begun to gossip about her and all of this cannot be easy on a teenage girl. So as she and Melissa drive to the concert image the tale they’ll be able to share about their near death on a suddenly ice covered road in Atlanta.
You would think that would have been an event that may have shaken her nerves but the two got over it and enjoyed a great concert. It wasn’t until a day or two later that her world gets turned really around. It happens when a customer enters their family flower shop. His name was Pirithous and he tries to abduct her from the store calling her, “A daughter of Zeus”. It is only after she uses her quick thinking to stab the man in the arm and her mom’s intervention did the man leave.
It is not long after this event that Persephone learns something her mom had been hiding from her for years. She is in truth a Goddess, and a daughter of Zeus.
As a normal teenager would react she bolts from her mother’s house as she feels as she’s been betrayed all these years. She only has this betrayal turn worse when she discovers her best friend, Melissa, knew all this time but was kept from telling her. So what would a normal teen do in this situation?
Well they may go to a hiding spot to stop and think, but not get nearly trapped.
It is here in the book that Persephone’s life changes and Hades comes into her life. It is also where Bevis takes the reader into a journey to find out who is after Persephone. A journey that will allow her to find out more about who she is, and the potential impact she will have on the underworld.
Kaitlin Bevis takes the reader into a great retelling of the Persephone lore. It’s a book written within our contemporary world and fits perfectly into that old Greek Myth. The way Persephone will do all she can to protect herself, and her friends can be seen as a great heroin. At the same time she makes the mistakes that any young teen would make as she stumbles to find out who she is.
Bevis captures the heart of the story in, Persephone (Daughter or Zeus), in away many readers will enjoy the book. It may be set for a young adult age but I found it to be just as appealing. In truth the enjoyment of finding out which of the ancient Greek Gods/Goddesses would be mentioned in the book was key. The fact that there is a connection to other stories of that time added to the books tale. It is something many readers will enjoy as they flip through the pages.