A Game of Fate
by Scarlett St. Clair
Book 1 of the Hades Saga
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.
A Game of Fate is the first book in the Hades Saga by Scarlett St. Clair, and is Hade's POV of A Touch of Darkness. Hade's, God of the Underworld, had just found out that the Fates have found him a wife, and future Queen - the beautiful Goddess-in-hiding, Persephone. The problem? Persephone is an ambitious journalism student, and plans to expose Hades ruthless ways. If proving to Persephone wrong, and winning her love wasn't hard enough, other forces have it out for them. But Hade's will do anything to keep Persephone.
I'm not planning on getting too deep into this. Typically, I enjoy switching POV's, It can be interesting to see a situation through another characters eyes, and it intensifies the romance when you experience it from both characters. When I saw that there was a Hade's POV, my hope was that it would make me like A Touch of Darkness more. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. I didn't hate it. Why is the only good thing about these books, that are soooooo hyped up, that I can come up with is "I didn't hate it." Ugh. My main problem with this book was that is was A Touch of Darkness from Hade's POV. Which, *HAHA*, I knew going into it, it was ... but wow, reading scene for scene the same thing, was boring. I ended up skimming to scenes that were new. Another issue I had, was the adding things to "scenes" that weren't in A Touch of Darkness. For continuity purposes, that's annoying. As someone who has a fairly good memory when it comes to what I read, I picked up on added phrases to conversations right away. And I can't let go some obvious mistakes that should have been picked up in editing - like when Hades is banishing Minthe - in his throne room - and afterwards a sleepy Persephone comes to him, and he teleports them to the Underworld .... which makes no sense, as they are ALREADY THERE!
I think if you are one of those readers that absolutely loved A Touch of Darkness, you will probably love this too. If you are like me, a reader that admits that I am not reading this series for the plot, and amazing writing, but for the smut, you probably won't. You might as well stick to the Hades & Persephone series, which has just as much hot as fuck steam, but saves you from having to read the same dialogue ... over ... and over.
Hades personally giving Alexander's battered soul the best end
Hades talking to his horses
Hades telling Minthe it was never her
Hades banishing Minthe
Hades confronting Demeter
Hades making cookies
Hades: "'Do not ogle the prisoners, Hermes."
Hermes: "What? I can appreciate beauty."
Hades: "With your track record? No. You tend to forget what is beneath the skin."
Hermes: "I also tend to have mind-blowing sex. It is a sacrifice I'm willing to make."
Hades: "Persephone is mine to punish, Minthe."
Minthe: "And what is your idea of punishment? Fucking her until she begs for release?"
Hades: "Fuck you, Minthe."
Minthe: "This isn't you. If it were any other mortal, you would let me do my job!"
Hades: "She is no mortal. She is to be my wife, and you will treat her as such."
Minthe: "Your wife?"
Hades: "Your queen."
Minthe: "When were you going to tell me?"
Hades: "You act as if I owe you an explanation."
Minthe: "Don't you? We were lovers!"
Hades: "For a night, Minthe, nothing more."
Minthe: "Is it because she is a goddess?"
Hades: "If you are asking me why not you, it was never you, Minthe."
Hecate: "You called me a witch."
Hades: "You are a witch."
Hecate: "It was the way he said it, like it was an insult. Perhaps next time, he'll remember the power behind the word."
Aphrodite: "Do not cause a scene, Hades."
Hades: "Says the goddess who started a war over an apple."
Persephone: "You are bossy."
Hades: "I'm not bossy. I'm ... advising."
Hades: "Fucking Fates."
Persephone: "You'd rather I wander around your palace naked? In front of Hermes and Charon -"
He'd really rather not spend the day gouging eyes out.
Hades: "Oh second thought ..."
he said, and teleported to the only place he could to find a dress - Hecate's cottage. When he arrived, the goddess sat at her table, a suite of cards spread before her. She didn't look at Hades as she spoke.
Hecate: "On the bed."
He turned and found a green peplos waiting. He gathered the fabric and turned to Hecate.
Hades: "Have I told you that you're the best?"
Hecate: "I will note the date and time. And remind you every chance I get."
Take her, and I will destroy this world. Take her, and I will destroy you. Take her, and I will end us all.
Persephone: "I will never forget how I felt when I first saw you."
Hades: "Tell me."
Persephone: "I felt your eyes on me, like hands touching my whole body. I had never felt so enflamed. I had never felt so afraid."
Hades: "Why afraid?"
Persephone: 'Because ... Because I knew I could love you, and I wasn't supposed to."
Hades: "It was you who planted the seed of her betrayal, you who pushed her further away with your tyranny, you who left her powerless and afraid. She deserves loyalty and freedom and power."
Demeter: "and you think you can give her that? King of Death and Darkness?"
Hades: "I think she can take it for herself."
Persephone: "Did you pack the basket?"
Hades: "I ... helped. I even made cookies."
Persephone: "You made cookies?"
Hades: "You are far too excited. Lower your expectations."
Hades: "She looks so ... happy."
Hecate: "Of course she's happy. She just spent four years in purgatory."
Hermes: 'College, Hecate. I think you mean college."
Hecate: "Same thing."