This is NOT your grandfather's Hades.
In "My Lord Hades," debut novelist Stephannie Beman breathes fresh new life into a very old story. Her twists and additions to the myth of Hades and Persephone are imaginative, intricate, and rich. I started the book thinking I knew what would happen, but Beman surprised me several times.
Beman has a flair for descriptive language that isn't too flowery or "purple prose." She has an artistic vision that translates onto the page and gives layers to her setting. She uses setting to accent the growth of her characters as well -- fitting, since they are powerful beings with the ability to change setting.
I thought the novel started a bit slow as she drew the characters, but it picked up the pace fairly soon. She is clearly an author with a strong imagination and voice, and I have no doubt that her future work will show improvement in craft.
I look forward to reading more of Ms. Beman's work!