Radiant Darkness is a new take on the old myth of Persephone and Hades. Instead of being forced to go with Hades, Persephone chose to marry him and live in the underworld. It’s definitely a new twist to the old story and it was surprisingly well done.The characters in Radiant Darkness were really well developed. I loved Persephone and how she was her own person and how she wasn’t the typical old fashioned teenager. When she wanted Hades, she found a way to get him. Probably not the best way, but she found a way. Hades was actually my favorite character. I never thought I would say this but Hades was sexy. =] I really loved his character and how Emily Whitman made the god of the underworld into a normal human being who can love. He was just perfect. Well, most of the time!Also, the story was wonderful. I took a myths class this past year and we learned about the original story of Persephone and Hades and I really thought Emily Whitman’s take on the old myth was believable. Who knows, maybe that’s what actually happened. It would make a great love story.Overall, Radiant Darkness is a great historical fiction book and I only give it four stars because Persephone annoyed me at times. Other than that, I thought the story was cute, memorable, and most importantly, believable. If you haven’t already read it, check this one out!