Guide: Hades and Persephone Saga

A Guide to the World of A Touch of Darkness/A Game of Fate

Brought to you by the chaotic and insane minds of various members of Scarlett’s Street Team!

Reading Order:

  • A Touch of Darkness

  • A Game of Fate

  • A Touch of Ruin

  • A Game of Retribution (Winter 2021)

  • A Touch of Malice (May 25, 2021)

  • A Game of Gods (Spring/Summer 2022)

  • A Touch of Chaos (Fall/Winter 2022)

Scarlett publishes with reader preference in mind, so this is why the published order is not necessarily the reading order.

Books beginning with A Touch of... are in Persephone's POV. Books beginning with A Game of... are in Hades' POV. A Touch of Chaos, the last book in the series, will be DUAL POV.

You should read both series. The Hades POVs are NOT just retelling the same events but in his POV. There are intricate aspects of the world of the Gods that Sephy isn't privy to, that we get to learn about through Hades POV. The information in the A Game of... books are necessary, important, and overall just amazing. Read them all. You won't regret it.

Characters to Know:

  • Persephone → undercover Goddess of Spring, aspiring journalist

  • Hades → God of the Dead, King of the Underworld, Deliverer of Orgasms

  • Lexa → Persephone’s best friend, marketing/event director

  • Hecate → Goddess of Witchcraft, helps Persephone figure out the Underworld

  • Hermes → both a menace and a lovely human, loves fashion, rocks a romper

  • Zofie → an Aegis, or guard, assigned by Hades to protect Persephone

  • Apollo → an actual menace, god of archery, music and dance, healing and truth

  • Adonis → a guy who works at New Athens News with Persephone, has favor of Aphrodite

  • Aphrodite → Goddess of love, sexuality, beauty

  • Hephaestus → God of Fire and Metalworking and Aphrodite’s husband

  • Minthe → Hades’ assistant and overall terrible person

  • Thanatos → God of Death, not to be confused with Hades, God of the Dead. They’re different.

  • Sybil → Oracle of Apollo, friend of Persephone

  • Demeter → Persephone’s mother

  • Theseus → Brother to Hypnos and Son of Poseidon, leader of the Triad


  • New Athens

  • Underworld → Hades’ realm. Where all the dead people play and/or suffer for eternity. See map for more details.

  • Asphodel Fields/Meadows

  • Elysium

  • Tartarus → where all the big bads get tortured for eternity

  • Forest of Despair → part of Tartarus, more baddies get tortured here *thumbs up emoji*

  • River Lethe → River of Forgetfulness, it makes you forget all the things, is used for people who died a traumatic death

  • River Styx → River of unbreakable oaths

  • The Archeron → River of pain

  • The Phlegethon → River of Fire

  • The Cocytus → River of Wailing

  • The Fields of Mourning

  • Upperworld → anything not in the Underworld

  • Nevernight → Hades’ club, one of them, shaped like a black pyramid

  • La Rose → Aphrodite’s club

  • Iniquity→ Hades’ other club, the shady one

Various Terms:

  • Impious → mortals who have become disillusioned with the gods

  • The Advocate → a blog started by Persephone

  • Triad → a sect of the Impious that take things way too far and do bad things

Q&A with Scarlett

A huge thank you to the Queen, for agreeing to sit down and answer some questions for us!

Q: Who’s your favorite character to write? Why?

A: I think I love writing all my characters for different reasons. Right now, I'm really enjoying writing Isolde, the main character of King of Battle and Blood. She's so sassy and feisty and she really doesn't say and do what I think she will.

Q: What have been some of the hardest things to write for you?

A: I think the hardest things I've had to write are scenes about grief and processing the loss of a loved one. That is also a personal journey of mine, so to try to reflect on it in an effort to best convey emotion has been very...difficult. Also, any scene that has to handle a mental health topic like suicide or rape. Those are very difficult and I always treat them with as much time and care as possible.

Q: What are your favorite scenes to write?

A: SEX. I love sex scenes--I love exploring how relationships evolve through sex.

Q: Are there any scenes that you loved but they didn’t make it into the books?

A: I mostly try to fit all scenes I write into books, or there are scenes that end up in books farther down the line. There are two scenes I moved to bonus content in Malice that I really loved, but felt like they didn't quite fit into the book very well so you will see those in the hardback, paperback, and audio version of the book.

Q: What are you hoping readers get out of your books?

A: I always hope that my readers feel empowered after reading my books, or that they're able to work through some kind of personal challenge.

Q: Anything to add for those who have not yet read your books?

A: What are you waiting for? HAHA. This is always a weird thing for me because I'm not out to sell my books to people--if it speaks to you, pick it up. I take my books very seriously, I love exploring characters and worlds. I love fangirling with my readers. It's a great community here in the cult if you give it a chance.

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