A Touch of Darkness Book Review
A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair Review
Title: A Touch of Darkness
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Independently published
Release Date: 20th June 2019
Warning: Spoilers ahead
Summary of A Touch of Darkness
Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shrivelled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist.
Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world and his favourite bets are rumoured to be impossible.
After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever.
The bet does more than expose Persephone’s failure as a goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows – and it’s forbidden.
Review of A Touch of Darkness
Okay, so, I have very mixed thoughts and feelings on this book. I really wanted to love it as much as others had but there were quite a few parts that just fell flat for me. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun read. It was quick and easy with a simple plotline and I loved the premise of super modern Gods owning very exclusive clubs and businesses and basically being celebrities. But I was definitely hoping for more.
Right from the get-go Hades and Persephone are practically all over each other and for a ‘forbidden love’ story I was expecting a more enemies-to-lovers, slow-burn romance kind of thing but that wasn’t the case at all. I think I’m so used to reading slower-burn romances that this then seemed to happen ridiculously fast. Plus, as the God of the Dead, you’d expect him to be a bit of a bad guy and do some despicable things but it was fairly obvious right away that he was actually a good guy. Although, Persephone seemed to make it her mission to paint him as a bad guy.
Because she was so insistent on Hades being evil some pretty stupid decisions were made that had me rolling my eyes and wanting to close the book. There was also often a lack of communication between characters that felt very forced and was just a way to move the story along and cause problems later.
Character Development and World Building
I also found that it lacked character development and world-building. Although it was set in the modern world I think it would’ve been interesting to explore it more – especially the underworld where we spend a lot of time. The side characters were definitely the most disappointing part though. You have all of these amazing Gods just wandering around like Zeus, Aphrodite and Apollo but we never get to really talk or have any interaction with them.
Normally, there’s a whole host of side characters to love, in this book, it seemed they were only really there when Persephone needed them. They didn’t have big personalities or stories/lives of their own. I really wanted to see more of Lexa and her complicated romances, I can’t even remember what she did for a living. I also wanted more Hecate, who seemed like she’d be an awesome character and Sybil, an Oracle that we never got to learn more about!
Maybe all of these characters are explored more in the rest of the series, but they were very much brushed aside in this book.
Yes, Minthe’s character gets her own section. I was so angry with how her story ended! I really wanted her character to have a redemption arc. Instead, she was turned into a plant. And literally, no one cared. She was painted to be a very stereotypical, provocative character who warned Persephone to stay away from Hades. At first, I thought maybe they would end up as friends. They could’ve helped each other out immensely in some scenes. But nope.
Persephone was also unreasonably jealous of Minthe. Minthe and Hades had slept together once years before Persephone was even born. And, Hades had said over and over that he had no interest in her like that whatsoever. But, still, Persephone was practically in tears whenever Minthe and Hades spoke. It was pretty ridiculous.
Right at the very end, for some reason, a ‘it was all for a bet’ trope was included. I did not understand this at all. It featured, Aphrodite, Minthe and Adonis and it felt so random and rushed. Really it was just another way to establish that these were bad characters. But, this whole storyline lasted maybe a couple of pages before all was forgiven and forgotten. What was the point?!
Overall, it was an okay read. It kept me intrigued enough to finish it but I was hoping it was going to get better. I’m not really in any hurry to read the rest of the series. Not unless the side characters get more depth and Persephone stops being so annoying.
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