Trope Rec Tuesday: Hades and Persephone, Part 2!


To explain a little about what this post will be about, every Trope Tuesday post starts with the same introduction. In every romance book you read there are tropes or archetypes you find inside its pages. You can also see them in shows, movies, plays, etc. Every type of entertainment and media. Romantic tropes are everywhere, and they are fabulous. I adore them and I always tend to find my favorite ones in romance books so I can enjoy them even more. Trope Tuesday is a weekly column where I share books that I know people will enjoy with a specific central trope.

What is a trope? Urban Dictionary explains it best: “​Despite the erroneous definitions already published here, ​trope on ​the interwebs really refers to an often overused ​plot device​. It can also be described as another variation on the same theme. TV shows, movies, comics, games, anime’, & books are full of tropes & many rabid fan-sites now name & track said tropes with a self-explanatory title for each one.” We can name a few: accidental pregnancy, best friends to lovers, sibling’s best friend, marriage of convenience, and so many more. Your favorite couples? They probably got a trope too! It’s always so nice to realize or find out your favorite romance trope and keep searching for books with the same theme. So really? I’m just helping you find that new favorite book of yours. If ever you want a post on a trope I haven’t done yet, do drop me a tweet at @thebookvoyagers and let me know!

If you have started with me this journey since the beginning, you know I already have one Hades and Persephone article. I love this trope, everyone loves this trope. And we want more books that feature a relationship like them, right? This is sort of like an update on my previous list, so I won’t mention any of the books I mentioned last time. I went on to find books for you and let me tell you that I did find some that sound really incredible. So let’s see what they are all about, shall we?

A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

As soon as it was announced, I was excited about this book. Look at that cover. Look at it!!! Gorgeous art, gorgeous premise. This book screams that it will catch your soul and take good care of you. 

For thousands of years, the humans were hunted by powerful races with magic until a treaty was formed. Now, each elf takes a human bride to be their queen. Nineteen-year-old Luella thought she had escaped the mark of death, but then the Elf King himself comes for her. She goes to this magical land where Luella is forced to be its new queen, side-by-side to the cold and handsome Elf King. 

Queen Takes Rose by Katee Robert

Though this is not explicitly a Hades and Persephone inspired romance, I think that fans of this mythical couple would enjoy this book. I thought some aspects of this book were similar to this trope. There is a queen, a princess taken by a deal, and a timeframe. The romance is definitely enemies to lovers/hate to love.

Queen Takes Rose is the sixth and final book in the Wicked Villains series. Though it can be read as a standalone, I do want to say that there is mention of all the previous couples and maybe some mentions of things that happened in the past books too. 

Malone is one feared queen and one of the leaders of Carver City. Once upon a time, Aurora and Malone had a night together and both have always remembered it. But Aurora’s hatred has grown throughout the years and now when Malone has scheduled the last two weeks of Aurora’s contract, she thinks it’s time to put her plan in action: to destroy Malone.

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair

Persephone bringing light into Hades’s darkness? It’s possible one of the main things I love about this trope. It’s just that sigh of wonder Hades always makes when thinking about Persephone and thinking “yup she is the one for me.” Who doesn’t love that? A Touch of Darkness will give you that feeling. 

Hades, King of the Underworld, owns a gambling empire in the mortal world. A chance encounter with Persephone, Goddess of Spring, changes everything though. Hades makes her a bargain to go to the Underworld and create life there. But when she arrives there, creating life won’t be the only worry she has, falling for the King himself takes all of her mind.

The Power of Hades by Eliza Raine and Rose Wilson

This book really takes a different approach to the trope because Persephone has already married Hades but she doesn’t remember. Actually she doesn’t remember one thing about the gods or anything related to them! She was exiled to the mortal realm, but now Zeus takes her to the Underworld to take part of the Hades Trials where she will have to compete to become the Queen of the Underworld. 

This is a series so you’ll see more development as the stories and books go. 

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