Review: Kore by Ambrosia R. Harris

☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

WHO WAS PERSEPHONE before she was the Queen of the Underworld?

She was merely A CHILD NAMED KORE.

KORE, THE GODDESS OF SPRING and youngest daughter to Demeter, had kept few secrets from her mother. One was the true extent of her divinity. The other, was her number of encounters with the King of the Dead since she was but a child. It was upon one of these secret meetings after her 17th year that the God of the underworld gifted Kore a simple crystal that pulled her closer to him.

Upon saving what she hoped would be enough to pay the ferrymen, Kore overhears her mother speak of an arrangement she had made between herself and Zeus. One that involved Kore’s future and would rip away her freedom. One she could not stay to be a part of.

Kore finds herself fleeing to the underworld in hopes of finding sanctuary with the King. What seemed like a simple journey at first, quickly turns into a fight for her immortal life. Facing cyclopes, monstrous shades, and vengeful Gods of the realm, Kore soon realizes the journey through the Underworld is not the safest for one such as the Goddess of spring.



My Thoughts:

Kore by Ambrosia R. Harris is a fantastic retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth. I am not usually drawn to mythology re-dos, but Ms. Harris’ writing is compelling.  Persephone is renamed as Kore, and the story is told from her perspective.  I love that the author gives her some “modern sensibilities” and yet is able to keep the character true to the original. Kore is a little sassy and makes her own choices—including choosing to go to the underworld of her own accord.

Whether or not mythology is your jam, this slow-burn romance and series starter is a must read.

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