Girl, Goddess, Queen: A Hades and Persephone fantasy romance from a growing TikTok superstar

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Girl, Goddess, Queen: A Hades and Persephone fantasy romance from a growing TikTok superstar

Girl, Goddess, Queen: A Hades and Persephone fantasy romance from a growing TikTok superstar

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At the point the story is happening, Persephone could have been hundreds of years old and still the youngest of the gods. Yet the more serious sides of the book – the themes of toxic masculinity and coercive control – never feel too heavy either. Yet few have explored the loves, losses and epic tribulations of the gods with such an enjoyable dose of fun and wit as Bea Fitzgerald’s Girl, Goddess, Queen. The King of the Underworld is nothing like Persephone expected, and everything that she’d hoped he’d be too. Where we are used to seeing Persephone fill in the gaps of the Underworld for Hades, THIS Persephone created new lands, reorganised her court and stepped into her public facing political role with effortless flair.

I really liked Hades to start with but then he just turns into this sort of boring character who just lets Persephone do whatever she wants and doesn't really seem to have an opinion half the time, or any objection to her changing his realm. Like Persephone, Hades hides his true self from the world, playing the ruthless part his subjects and the other gods expect of him, whilst yearning for the things that bring him true happiness (yes, this version of Hades is adorably artistic). The ending is bittersweet, but I won't be spoiling it ;) I read this book as part of a readalong and had so much fun discussing each chapter and sharing quotes.She spends the majority of the novel talking about how she doesn't want to get married and how she doesn't want a man to touch her. She voices this on multiple occasion, takes offence at the slightest implication, at the first chance a man even looks in her direction - but then! As the classic myth goes, Hades fell in love with Persephone and kidnapped her, trapping her in the underworld as his bride. She spends about 75% of the novel complaining how everyone just goes around and takes things out of pure entertainment things that are not theirs, and yet, she does exactly this! I also appreciate it being set in an Ancient Greek-esque world, since most Hades and Persephone retellings can be categorised as urban fantasy, due to being set in the modern world.

Persephone decides enough is enough and manages to escape to the Underworld so she doesn't have to marry (though she still does, she has just delayed it a bit because she didn't think things through). I think she's probably aware that Persephone and Demeter predate most of the Olympians by about a thousand years, that we have pretty compelling evidence for this and that Hades was added on as an after thought much later when a more patriarchal religion subsumed those early goddess worship cults. She's a badass main character while we get a more soft boy Hades which I adored with my whole heart. Things could have moved much more quickly if Hades or Persephone had just talked, ironic because that seems to be the only thing they do with each other.

In addition, Demeter was much older than Hades (as they were regurgitated at different times), which meant that he didn’t really know Demeter (nor was related to her) and was thus, much closer in age to Persephone. The characters were sweet, from how this book is marketed you're expecting a feisty FMC, which she is, but she's also balanced - which I love to see. Don’t get me wrong, I so see the appeal of this and it could be a good introduction to the myth for a YA audience who has never read. So Persephone needs to get married because apparently that's all that matters to gods (why have we gone down this road? He was exactly that and I was very glad Fitzgerald focused so much on him and had him be an active participant of the story.



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