So poor Hades, who legally and appropriately married his wife, has gone down in history as a violent weirdo rapist. I also learned that Persephone is a true queen of the underworld. She shares equal power with her husband, and her name is associated with death. Not spring and summer and fluffy bunnies and everything else that I was taught from a children's book of Greek myths.
Persephone does not bring the spring and the harvest when she returns. That's her mom, Demeter, whose heartache is relieved. Persephone brings the winter and death when she happily goes back to her husband in the underworld.
Man, what a misinterpreted old myth! And then I learned a few personality traits of Hades. The number one thing that stuck out to me was an unbiased, merciless sense of justice.
Hades has no pity. He does what is fair and just. Always. To anybody. (Persephone chides him into taking mercy a few times, but these are rare exceptions made for his wife.)
He's also very protective and possessive of the underworld. Nobody had better fuck with his shit, basically. Zeus respects him.
He's also extremely rich and loves jewels and fine things. All the gemstones and precious minerals are his because they reside beneath the earth, in his domain.
He also makes the best wine. Better than Dionysus. In fact, in later versions of the myth, he and Dionysus start to blend together, kind of like he goes by a different name on the surface world.
That won't be the case in my tale. I've looked up 30 different versions of the tale and cherry picked the facts that I liked. Then I stitched them all together (multiple myths, beyond the abduction) to create a fun novel that I hope you guys will like.
Of course it's a gender bender. Hades & Seph. Because.... Hm.
I'm going for a sweet romance in a dark fantasy world kind of feel. Much, much different than the Pykh books. The perfect project for a little break! Though I won't be surprised if many of you say, "Gee, I love Pykh, but not this thing..." XD
That's okay! I'm writing this one for me! I truly became compelled to write it as I learned more and more about Hades and how interesting he is. Hopefully you guys will think so as well. I've only just started to write him, so I'm in that honeymoon phase where the novel is a world of possibilities. I hope I get something close to my vision.
Disclaimer: In the original myths, all the gods are related to each other. Hera and Demeter are Zeus's sisters. For the sake of world creepiness and authenticity, I have kept this fact in the books. Hades is technically Seph's uncle. However, this is not incest taboo romance. Readers can figure out the funky family tree with a little logic, but it is NEVER referenced directly.
I hope you like Chapter One!