The mythic tale of Persephone
and Hades is retold with a fascinating new twist in the awesome Cast's latest fantasy. Cast is, without a doubt, one of the freshest and most original voices in romantic fantasy fiction today.

Thanks to her incompetent accountant, Lina Santoro's bakery is in deep trouble with the IRS. She will need a miracle to get out of this financial mess. While working on new recipes found in an ancient Italian goddess cookbook, Lina invokes a prayer to the goddess Demeter. Suddenly Lina is swept to Olympus, where Demeter has a proposition for her: Lina will take the place of her daughter Persephone as she makes a visit to Hades and the Underworld, and Persephone will take over Lina's life and run her bakery. Hoping to save her business, Lina agrees.

All Lina's preconceptions about Hades and the Underworld are quickly blown out of the water. Hades, while dark and brooding, is also amazingly sexy and attractive. Lina's job is to bring the breath of spring to the inhabitants of the Underworld, and she is not about to shirk her duties, no matter what complications arise.

(Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith