Saturday, October 22, 2005

Review: Goddess of Spring by P. C. Cast

So, I have to say, I'm a total P.C. Cast fangirl. So, don't expect any real criticism. If you remember any Greek mythology, Persephone is goddess of spring & is married to/consort of Hades, god of the underworld.

In this version Carolina is the owner of a chain of fancy bakeries in Tulsa OK. Inadvertently she summons Demeter (Goddess of the Harvest) and ultimately trades bodies with Demeter's daughter Persephone. Persephone, in Carolina's body, will run the bakeries while Carolina spends time in the underworld with Hades.

Somehow we are asked to believe that Carloinia's questions to Hades didn't make him suspicious. He thinks she's Persephone, who is a goddess afterall & ought to know many of the answers despite her supposed 'youth'. The reader is also asked to believe that Hades is practically a virgin. Ages ago he fell in love with a maiden who freaked out when he told her who he really was & she tried to commit suicide so he saved her by turning her into mint. Since none of the other gods & goddesses will associate with Hades he hasn't had a mistress/girlfriend. Not only that, he doesn't want to coerce a woman into a relationship. He wants a soulmate or nothing. Let me just say- eternity is a looooonnnngggggg time to be alone & lonely.

The upshot of the deal is that Hades overhears conversations between 'Persephone' and Demeter & winds up misunderstanding the situation. Persephone (Carolina) can't reveal the truth because Demeter forbids her & this leads to serious heartbreak.

Cast's world & her characters completely captured my heart. All of them. All of it. I was sucked in & it wouldn't let me go. Excellent stuff. Run out & buy it.


Tara Marie said...

I have searched for these books locally, now I know I need to go on-line and get them. Thanks. Tara

Anne E. said...

I have three of her books in my TBR pile. Ordered them all from amazon.

Bookwormom said...

Ladies- let me know what you think of them.