This story was such a breeze to read through. The writing, though simple enough, kept me flowing along the storyline, never bogged down or hindered by clumsy exposition or too much talking.
I would have loved to have read a longer version of this, where the characters had more time to develop. Although Persephone does grow and change during the book, the rest of the characterization suffers from short story syndrome.
Unfortunately, this is most noticeable in Hades, the love interest. She remained very much an enigma even at the end. Zeus's villainous demeanor I can take, but I really wanted to see more of Hades, who had her own baggage to contend with. She reminded me of a Joss Whedon character--a female saddled with a lot of responsibility and pain who deals with it admirably--and I really wanted to see inside her head.
But otherwise, a very well-done novella. Gorgeous prose, a striking backdrop, and lovely emotions. I will definitely be reading more of Sarah Diemer in the future.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)