Myths and Folklore: Persephone

Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti 

Persephone is daughter of Zeus and Demeter, the harvest goddess. She is connected with spring, rivers, and plants and flowers, especially narcissus and pomegranate. During her childhood she was called Kore, which means maiden. Her Roman counterpart is Proserpina or Proserpine.
While she was picking up flowers she was abducted by Hades, the god/king of the Underworld also called Hades. She eventually fell in love with him, but still missed her previous life and her mother. So she decided to eat seven seeds from the pomegranate Hades gave her. (If you eat anything in the Underworld, you can't leave even if you are a goddess.) That meant a compromise, she could stay half of the year with her mother and the second half with Hades as his Queen.
There are many variations to her story as usual and everything is more complex.
Persephone also helped Psyche to pass Aphrodite's tests.


Goddess of Spring by P.C. Cast

An adult retelling of Persephone's story. Second book in the Goddess Summoning series.

To save her failing bakery, Lina trades souls with Persephone, the Goddess of Spring--and starts falling for hunky Hades.

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter



It's always been just Kate and her mom--and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.


Everneath by Brodi Ashton

 Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...


Perogyo said...

I love the image you chose for this post, Pre-Raphaelites are my favourite! Thanks for the roundup of Persephone books.

Petra said...

I love the Pre-Raphaelites, too! :) Probably because there is a lot of mythology. :)

Suz said...

Thanks for the info! I didn't know about the book by P.C. Cast so I'll definitely have to add that to my TBR list.

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Cloak Skull said...

The Underworld Trilogy by Meg Cabot is also about this myth. I liked book1, didn't like book 2, chose not to read book 3.

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