Review: A Game of Fate by Scarlett St. Clair

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“Hades, God of the Underworld, is known for his inflexible rule, luxurious night clubs, and impossible bargains. Use to control, he is not prepared to discover the Fates have chosen his future wife and Queen—Persephone, Goddess of Spring.

Despite her attraction to the god, Persephone, an ambitious journalism student, is determined to expose Hades for his cruel and ruthless ways.

Hades finds himself faced with the impossible—proving his future bride wrong. Despite his efforts, there are forces who wish to keep the two apart and Hades comes to realize he will do anything for his forbidden love, even defy Fate.”


I’m a sucker for any retelling of Hades and Persephone, so I naturally picked up A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair last summer. A Game of Fate is A Touch of Darkness from Hades’ perspective.

I don’t always love the swapped perspective book, but this one is great. In A Touch of Darkness, Persephone is an outsider to the world of the gods. Since A Game of Fate is through Hades eyes we get to see a lot more interaction from the other gods. It also adds to the Hades and Persephone romance. There is much more magic involved and we truly get to understand how he rules the Underworld.

A Game of Fate definitely enhances the story. There is enough new information added, that fully rounds out the story that feels like this is a necessary read. I loved Hecate and Hermes, their relationships with Hades were definitely a high point of this book. Seeing his relationship with Persephone through Hades eyes really added another layer to this story. I also have to say that I enjoyed his POV better than Persephone’s. I think that was more so because of the involvement of the gods with Hades story and the set up of the Triad. I also loved Aphrodite and Hephaestus’s story. Like I would love a whole other series about them and their relationship.

Overall, I really enjoyed A Game of Fate. If you enjoyed A Touch of Darkness, then you should definitely check it out. I also recommend reading it before picking up the next book in the series.


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