Barbara Kloss studied biochemistry at California Polytechnic State University, and after she began working in a clinical lab, found herself daydreaming about far off lands and slightly deranged wizards. She, her husband, and Lhasa currently live in Arizona, where she escapes the summer heat by writing about lush vegetation and moderate to cold climates. Author of the Pandoran Novels, a YA fantasy series.
on March 23, 2014
I LOVED this book! The concept was intriguing enough with its originality (I love me some Greek mythology!), but once I started reading, I couldn't stop. (No, really, I finished this in two sittings, and when I wasn't reading, I was thinking about it.) The parallels to the Persephone/Hades myth were cleverly and expertly deployed, and Ms. Bond's particular twist on this somewhat darker myth brought it to life.
Brea Nicole Bond has such talent - not only is her writing beautiful and eloquent and compelling, her characters drew me close and held on so tightly, they didn't let me go till...well, I still think about them, actually. They were just so ALIVE. And Ms. Bond wrote them so vividly, the conflict and tension between the two main characters was palpable. Even the minor characters were well-fleshed out and three-dimensional.
It's a hauntingly beautiful story, and I highly recommend it - especially if you love excellent and unique twists on mythology! This is now one of my favorites.