Review: A Game of Fate (Hades & Persephone Book 1.5)
A Game of Fate
Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Publisher: Starseed Press
Release Date: September 12, 2020
"I am going to have to stop breaking things when she gets here, he thought, and then scolded himself for sounding so…hopeful."
A Game of Fate is book 1.5 in the Hades and Persephone series by Scarlett St. Clair. It's basically a retelling of A Touch of Darkness, but from Hades' POV! I thought I loved ATOD and A Touch Of Ruin, but reading this one made me love the series even more! I definitely need the entire series in Hades' POV now…
This review focuses more on the new aspects, rather than the entire plot. For a review of the plot, check out my ATOD review here.
I really loved reading the extra little things Hades does when Persephone isn't with him. And of course, Hecate and Hermes are my favorites, so I loved seeing more of them! Hecate is definitely the best part of this story. Scarlett is a genius and this one felt more like a whole new book, rather than just a retelling/POV switch.
Seeing Hades interact with the other gods and what he's thinking about when he's alone was awesome and gave more insight into the character and his motivations. Hades is also hella horny, which we knew in ATOD, but like really dude, whew. Hades is totally a cinnamon roll though. Fight me.
We see a little bit of Aphrodite and Hephaestus in ATOD, but we get to see more of them in this one, and I actually really enjoyed it. They're two historically "simple" gods, at least in terms of character, yet they were deliciously complicated in this one. I would totally read a book about their relationship….
Overall, I loved this probably more than I did ATOD and for good reason! It's excellent and I definitely recommend it!
Scarlett continues the story in A Touch of Malice and A Game of Retribution, which both release next year. I'll definitely be reading both! Pre-order A Touch of Malice and hold on to your receipts for a preorder incentive Scarlett will be holding!