Dazzling Brightness
Dazzling Brightness

Dazzling Brightness

by Roberta Gellis

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ISBN-13: 9780786000234
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/01/1994
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 4.23(w) x 2.74(h) x 0.38(d)

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Dazzling Brightness 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Much as I adore the Persephone-Hades myth -- indeed, it's one of my favorite stories -- I did not enjoy this this book at all. Twice now I've sat down to read it, twice now I gave up in profound annoyance. Something about Gellis's writing style -- the thick, overly romanticized quality -- bothered me so much that it persistently distracted me from the story. I tried to like this, I really did. Until I accepted that I shouldn't have to try.
Mendoza on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Dazzling Brightness is a retelling of the Hades-Persephone myth. We see the transformation of Kore, the sheltered daughter of the Corn Goddess, into the powerful goddess Persephone. We also see the interaction of Olympian rivalries most vividly in this book - Zeus versus Poseidon, Poseidon versus Hades, Demeter versus Zeus and Hades. For me, the love story in this book also worked most compellingly. I could believe in Persephone falling in love with Hades, as he taught her the full extent of her powers *and* allowed her to use them without asking anything in return. By the end, when Hades and Persephone come to terms with her mother Demeter, I could believe that this was a couple that was truly in love, and that they fully deserved each other.Roberta Gellis is a gem of a writer. she carved out her own niche and I don't think anyone could come close to her level of expertise.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
In this series, historical romance author Roberta Gellis takes on the Greek myths, this book being the story of Hades and Persephone. Yes, he kidnaps her, with the conniving of Zeus; no, he doesn't rape her. In the Underworld, Persephone, who has long been restless under her domineering mother's thumb, finds purpose, love, and even a name (Demeter has only called her Kore, or "girl," meaning to pass on the name Demeter on her own deathbed). Gellis's Greek gods aren't, really. They are another race of humans: taller, stronger, much longer-lived - AND they are mages, each with unique inborn Gifts. Hades can pass himself (and anyone he is carrying) through solid rock, as well as melt rock and move it. The people in his Underworld aren't actually dead - they are the outcasts who have been driven away from their villages and homes, for various reasons. Hades' underground realm is both dazzling and dangerous, full of jewels and crystal, but also wild beasts, a foul ?fungus?, and the threat of cave-ins. There is also the danger of starvation; Hades' people till the ground in some secret valleys, but without a priestess of the Mother to bless the fields, they will not bear the amount of grain required to feed the population. Demeter has long been blessing the fields of Olympus to similar purpose, but deprived of her daughter, she rebels. Now Olympus is in danger of collapse, and despite his strength and powers, Hades cannot withstand all of the other mages, combined. He has to let Persephone go back to her mother. This Persephone rules as Queen and equal partner to Hades. Additionally, though her mother Demeter always told her she had no Gift, she finds that she does have a very strong one. Hades teaches her how to use it, and how to shield it from any mage who would try to use it - even himself. Demeter comes off controlling and overbearing, but in the end, she (somewhat reluctantly) agrees to loosen her demands on her daughter - realizing that the headstrong, grown Persephone is not her little Kore any longer, and cannot be compelled or blackmailed into working as her helper, blessing the fields, but only as a willing partner, on her own terms. The relationship between Hades and Persephone is such a different take on the old story, and Persephone here is smart and resourceful as well as kind and beautiful. One of my favorites.