Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it.Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans. As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future. Henry’s first wife, Persephone.
Last year, I read the first book in this series and fell in love with the Persephone myth all over again. Naturally, I decided to read the sequel and I was not disappointed!
What I love about this book is that it plays with the issues that do come up in a marriage. Kate’s first marriage is with Henry, but he’s had another one in the past. This of course causes doubt and worry for her. And, as with all marriages, they never talk about what is going on until there is a huge argument. Both of these I can relate to. I am the second wife and I have had the same doubt and worries Kate experiences for most of the book. Also, my husband and I needed to learn how to talk to one another.
Sure, Kate seems to be an overemotional teenager, but, NEWSFLASH, she just recently became eighteen and is new to marriage. At least from my experience, marriage can do that to a person. I loved that this was brought into the forefront instead of the cookie cutter happily ever after that you see in other books where teens marry an immortal being *cough* Twilight Saga *cough*. Hate to break it to you guys, marriage isn’t always cookie cutter happiness. You’re going to have arguments and most likely it’s going to be worse because both parties have their heads up their asses.
Then there is the Greek mythology, meeting the older sister/ex-wife, and the realization of who Kate really wanted to be. That all mixed together it becomes astonishing that Aimee Carter was able to keep it in a layman’s young adult way of doing things. The issues brought up in the book are strong and I loved how the language downplayed them, but also brought them in the forefront.
Even though Kate really didn’t grow into her own person until the end of the book, I’m not really surprised by that. After all, in the first book her mother is dying and she is just learning how to not care for anyone but herself. The second book would naturally have a confused girl trying to find who she is in the midst of a Titan crisis and common marital problems. I have a feeling, the third one is going to show a strong woman. Guess I’m going to have to pick it up. ^_^