Reimaginings of Hades and Persephone are definitely in style right now, whether they take place in a modern romantic setting or a medieval fantasy one.
The cliché appears in a lot of romance novels, and we have gathered the best tales of “Lord of the Underworld kidnaps girl to bring into his domain” for you.
The tale of Hades and Persephone has recently been quite popular in fiction, but the best part of this new trend is that each iteration has its own distinctive twist that makes it stand out.
The premise of arranged marriage, adversaries to lovers, and opposites attract, as weaved in the author’s own special interpretation of the tale, is what keeps the story from repeating again.
1. Neon Gods by Katee Robert
He was regarded as a myth. He was, very simply, mine as soon as I crossed the River Styx and fell prey to his evil charm.
Persephone Dimitriou, a popular member of society, intends to leave the cutting-edge city of Olympus and begin life elsewhere, far from the scheming intrigues of the Thirteen Houses. All of that, however, is destroyed when her mother surprises her with an engagement to Zeus, the lethal force hiding beneath the sinister façade of their sparkling metropolis.
Persephone, who has run out of alternatives, travels to the forbidden undercity and strikes a deal with a guy she previously thought was a myth, awakening her to a world she was unaware even existed.
Hades has lived his entire life in the dark and has no desire to come out into the open. But when he learns that Persephone can provide a small portion of the retribution he’s been yearning for, it’s all the justification he needs to help her—for a cost. But each exhausting night they spend entangled has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he will fight Olympus to keep her close.
2. A Deal With The Elf King by Elise Kova
War and wives are the two things that draw the elves. Both times, they are seeking death. Before the treaty was established, humanity were being persecuted by strong races using wild magic. A young lady from Luella’s hamlet has been chosen by the elves to serve as their Human Queen for generations.
The locals view being chosen as a sign of impending death. Luella, who is now 19 years old, is happy to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she has devoted her life to learning about herbs and become the lone healer in the community.
Until the Elf King shows up unexpectedly… for her. All of the information Luella believed she knew about her life and herself was false. Luella is taken to a place where there is a lot of wild magic, where she is made to serve as the new queen to a frigid but stunningly attractive Elf King. She discovers there that only she can stop a dying world.
Her home and her people tug on one corner of her heart, while the enchanted country of Midscape tugs on another. But a passion she never sought is what would really break her.
A Deal with the Elf King is a complete, stand-alone novel with a happy conclusion that was influenced by the stories of Hades and Persephone as well as Beauty and the Beast. It’s ideal for fantasy romance aficionados looking for their next slow-burn, swoon-worthy coupling with just the right amount of steam.
3. Goddess of Spring by P.C. Cast
A solution needs to be found for Lina’s stylish bakery in Tulsa, which isn’t exactly profitable. Lina can’t help but believe she has found the solution to her dilemma when she comes across an Italian Goddess cookbook—even if it means calling upon a deity to save her company.
Soon after, Lina encounters Demeter, who is working on a different strategy. She suggests that Lina trade souls with Persephone, the goddess of spring, so that Persephone might give the bakery new life. Lina is required to maintain order in the Underworld as payment.
Lina’s issues prior to this all mainly included sourdough and second dates. Lina has more important things on her mind now that she is the alluring Persephone, including the difficult duty of delivering Spring to a realm of spirits. Lina wonders if this Lord of the Underworld might be the man of her dreams when the dark, dashing Hades ignites a flame in her heart.
4. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Fate and luck. passion and force. What does it take to rule a kingdom at the age of seventeen? Maya is afflicted. She has only attracted the disdain and dread of her father’s realm thanks to a horoscope that predicts a union of death and ruin.
She is happy to pursue more academic interests, but when her father, the Raja, arranges a political convenience wedding to put an end to outside rebellions, her entire world is upended. Maya soon succeeds to the throne of Akaran and marries Amar.
She did not anticipate any of the roles: She discovers her voice and her authority as queen of Akaran. As Amar’s wife, she discovers something quite different: Compassion. Protection. Desire. However, Akaran has its own mysteries, including thousands of closed doors, glass gardens, and a tree that produces memories rather than fruit.
Maya soon feels like her life is in jeopardy. But aside her spouse, who else can she rely on? In order to save people she loves the most—including herself—Maya must solve a long-standing mystery that spans reincarnation lives, with the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms in jeopardy.
Scarlett St. Clair & Scarlett St. Clair’s Hades & Persephone book series consists of a number of titles, including A Touch of Darkness, A Game of Fate, A Touch of Ruin, and others. View the whole book list for the Hades & Persephone series, together with any box sets or omnibus editions and associated works.