9 Sweet & Spicy Books For Fans of Persephone and Hades Retellings

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Once upon a time in ancient Greece, a young girl named Persephone was happily picking flowers when, out of nowhere, she was carried away to the depths of the underworld by a dark and mysterious god known as Hades. This well-known tale of the abduction and marriage of the goddess of spring has enthralled audiences for centuries, and has been adapted countless times since. However, with so many versions of the myth of Persephone and Hades, it can be difficult to choose the best books that capture the essence of this beloved love story. 

In this article, we’ll look at nine of the most popular versions of the story. Whether you’re looking for a fantastical retelling, a modern twist, or just want to transport yourself to the realm of the dead, you’ll find the best books about Persephone and Hades that will leave you in awe.

Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

Lore Olympus is a Greek mythology re-telling with a modern twist by Rachel Smythe. Featuring vibrant characters, beautiful illustrations, and captivating storytelling, this romantic graphic novel brings to life the centuries-old legend of Hades and Persephone.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Where A Court of Thorns and Roses plays on the tale of Beauty and the Beast, A Court of Mist and Fury takes a left-hand turn into the dazzling world of Greek mythology with its loose take on the myth of Persephone and Hades. 

Receiver of Many by Rachel Alexander

If you’re looking for an exciting, well-written, and well-developed retelling of the story of Hades & Persephone, you’ve come to the right place. Read Receiver of Many by Rachel Alexander.

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair

If you’re looking for a dark take on the myth of Hades and Persephone, you’ll love A Touch of Darkness, especially if you’re a fan of spicy books.

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

Neon Gods by Katee Robert is a sexy retelling of the Greek myth of Hades and the Greek goddess Persephone. So if you are looking for steamy retellings of the Greek myths, look no further than Neon Gods.

Punderworld by Linda Sejie

Experience the charming and relatable love story of Hades and Persephone in Linda Sejie’s beautifully developed graphic novel, Punderworld. As long-time admirers, their journey to be together is riddled with humorous mishaps thanks to a meddling pantheon. Perfect for fans of the classic myth and those who can’t get enough of Lore Olympus, Punderworld is a must-read for all Hades and Persephone enthusiasts.

The North Wind by Alexandria Warwick

Inspired by the story of Beauty and the Beast and, to a lesser extent, the story of Hades and Persephone, The North Wind is a slow, simmering fantasy romance about a sister who will sacrifice herself for her twin, even at the cost of her own life.

A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

Whether you’re a fan of Elves, spice, or Hades/Persephone, you’ll love A Deal with the Elf King. It’s not an exact retelling of the classic story, but it’s a fan favorite on BookTok that’s sure to scratch that Hades and Persephone itch.

Bow Before the Elf Queen by J.M. Kearl

Bow Before the Elf Queen, loosely based on the myth of Hades and Persephone, is a must-read for fans of the classic story, as well as fans of elves, dragons, magic, banter and the enemies-to-lovers trope.