Sunday, February 22, 2015
Short Story Review : The Rape of Persephone by Elizabeth Schechter
In ancient times, when the Gods walked the world, the God of the Underworld kidnapped a girl named Persephone. He carried her off to the Realm of the Dead and through trickery, forced her to remain with him and become his Queen.
Everyone knows the story.
Or do they?
I've always been a huge fan of Greek mythology. I love the original versions, but I also enjoy when an author retells a story in a completely different way. The Rape of Persephone does just that. It takes the story of Haides and Persephone, and gives it an original spin, right down to a new take on the spelling of the Lord of the Underworld's name!
The story is told from the perspective of Haides. While lying in a field and enjoying a spring day, Persephone approaches him, and let's just say, she's not as innocent as the original legends portray her. I enjoyed seeing a darker side to his normally light demi-goddess. Even more, I liked seeing Haides emerge the hero instead of the villain for once. This short story is a fun, quick read that will have your rethinking a legend you thought you knew.
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