10 Things I Like about Hades (Guest post by Molly Ringle)
Hello! I’m Molly Ringle, and I recently finished a trilogy of novels based on the Greek myths: Persephone’s Orchard, Underworld’s Daughter, and Immortal’s Spring. On this tour, I’m sharing some of the features I loved best about these characters and their stories. Today you get a list about one of my central heroes: Hades. Here are ten of my favorite things about him.
- He lives in a cave. I happen to like caves, and the Underworld is a particularly awesome one. It has underground rivers, otherworldly flowers and trees (many of them with magical properties), and, of course, the souls of the dead.
- He’s a fair ruler. In mythology, as god of the Underworld, he puts justice above nearly all other considerations. In my version, he takes time to talk to murdered souls and have their killers arrested.
- He’s a loyal husband. I know, I know, you’ve heard he kidnapped his wife, Persephone. Maybe so (in mythology, yes; not so much in my version). But even the myths have him giving her lots of power, encouraging her to rule alongside him, and remaining faithful to her.
- He’s got a dog. Kerberos (sometimes spelled Cerberus), in the myths, is a scary three-headed dog-beast guarding the Underworld. In my version, Kerberos is just a regular fuzzy dog, but one who Hades rescues as a stray, and makes immortal.
- He travels in style, in a chariot pulled by super-fast flying ghost horses. Or in a junkyard-art bus, in modern times, though still with the ghost horses.
- You like jewels? He’s got jewels! As the ruler of the underground realm, all gemstones and precious metals are in his domain. He and Persephone therefore accessorize in style too.
- He’s not above a tiny bit of mischief. In some versions of the myth, he gets Persephone to stay with him by tricking her into eating Underworld-grown pomegranate seeds. It is perhaps underhanded (if it really happened that way), but everyone admires a well-pulled-off heist.
- He does not have blue flames for hair. No one except Disney has ever said so, and they are making things up.
- In fact, he’s almost certainly as hot as all the other Greek gods. He’s the brother of Zeus and Poseidon, womanizers extraordinaire. Hades is no hell-beast. He’s more like that mysterious, attractive guy dressed in black, who you only glimpse once in a while.
He appeals to my goth side. King of the dead, dweller of a richly furnished cave, he who must not be named! Given the mania for paranormal romance, I’m pretty sure lots of people see the appeal here.
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About Persephone’s Orchard
The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she’s pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate. Soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times; of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she’s tainted with the Underworld’s magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie.