May 20, 2022

Review--A Game of Fate by Scarlett St. Clair


Hades, God of the Underworld, is known for his inflexible rule, luxurious night clubs, and impossible bargains. Use to control, he is not prepared to discover the Fates have chosen his future wife and Queen—Persephone, Goddess of Spring.

Despite her attraction to the god, Persephone, an ambitious journalism student, is determined to expose Hades for his cruel and ruthless ways.

Hades finds himself faced with the impossible—proving his future bride wrong. Despite his efforts, there are forces who wish to keep the two apart and Hades comes to realize he will do anything for his forbidden love, even defy Fate.






Scarlett St. Clair’s A Game of Fate tells the story of A Touch of Darkness but through Hades’ eyes! I always enjoy when authors allow us to get a second point of view from a beloved story. That’s precisely what we get here. Although, what makes this more exciting is seeing what Hades was doing all those times Persephone wasn’t with him.

When Aphrodite comes to Hades wanting to play a game of fate and Hades indulges her. What it comes down to is Hades must find a woman to fall in love with him in six months, if he fails in this task he must bring her dead lover back to life. Then in walks Persephone and as we know, he plays the same game with her except Persephone loses. She must create life in the Underworld in the next six months or she’ll be forced to remain there forever. 

The story pretty much follows the same events we saw from Persephone. Though for the times when she wasn’t present we see him dealing with typical problems of being the God of the Underworld. One of his biggest issues is a mortal man, Sisyphus who keeps trying to trick his way out of death. He wasn’t a good human on earth and Hades would love nothing more than to see him in in his realm being tortured forever. 

Hades really isn’t all that bad of a guy. Mythology sometimes tells another story and Disney definitely told a different tale. Hades is actually rather kind but he doesn’t like it being made public to humans. The way he feels for Persephone is genuine though he does struggle with showing her this as well. 

It was kind of fun seeing Hades interact with the other gods and goddesses. He’s kind of chummy with Hephaestus and Hermes, and Hecate is one of his closest confidants. He seems found of the H-name people, doesn’t he? But you see him basically being your typical guy. He doesn’t get along well with his brothers, Zeus and Poseidon but that’s to be expected. 

The pacing to this one was just as good as the first book. I guess in a way you could say it was a little faster since we know what happens in this one. It’s the added storylines of what Hades does when Persephone isn’t around that makes things interesting. Other scenes seem to be slightly extended and I feel like one was added entirely between the lovers as it did not feel familiar to me at all having just read the first book. 

All in all, this was an entertaining read! It’s always fun getting another perspective from a story, especially when it’s just two main characters. I’m eager to see where this series will go as the ending was pretty satisfying and conclusive. I feel like I might have picked up on a few possible future problems for the gods and I can’t wait to see if my guesses were right or not! This is shaping out to be a fantastic New Adult series that takes Greek mythology to a whole new level!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars



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