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Sunday, October 25, 2015

4/5 Review: Hades: A Demonica Novella (1001 Dark Nights) by Larissa Ione

A fallen angel with a mean streak and a mohawk, Hades has spent thousands of years serving as Jailor of the Underworld. The souls he guards are as evil as they come, but few dare to cross him. All of that changes when a sexy fallen angel infiltrates his prison and unintentionally starts a riot. It’s easy enough to quell an uprising, but for the first time, Hades is torn between delivering justice — or bestowing mercy — on the beautiful female who could be his salvation…or his undoing. Thanks to her unwitting participation in another angel’s plot to start Armageddon, Cataclysm was kicked out of Heaven and is now a fallen angel in service of Hades’s boss, Azagoth. All she wants is to redeem herself and get back where she belongs. But when she gets trapped in Hades’s prison domain with only the cocky but irresistible Hades to help her, Cat finds that where she belongs might be in the place she least expected…


I am going to write this review on how this book was written and not my personal feelings towards it.  I will explain.  This was a very well written story with all that one would look for in a great read.  I, however, am a Mythology fanatic and cannot see Hades as he is portrayed in this story.  To me, Hades is the God of the Underworld, this includes both Tartarus and the Elysian Fields.  He is strong, dark, and mysterious.  
In this story he is portrayed as a fallen angel who is working for Azagoth.  He is the jailer of the underworld, and is known for his meanness.  As for his appearance, I apologize but I just do not see him as having a blue Mohawk.  This does not scream Hades to me.  I have to say he is my favorite God in Mythology along with Ares.  It is hard for me to read books about them if they are altered too much.  
Now on to the book itself.  It was a good piece of writing.  That I will not take away from the author.  I could see myself falling in love with the characters as I did with the plot if I have not been such a fan of Hades.  Cataclysm, a recently fallen angel who is trying to regain her positon has a hard time coping.  She is in other words clumsy and naïve.  She brings about the start of Armageddon without intentionally doing so.  I don't know why but I love how that came about.  It brings me to the cliché saying, "things happen for a reason".  What that reason is, is for the reader to find out.  
I would recommend this book to any lovers who love a quick romance book filled with lots of excitement.    


  1. Yay! Glad you liked Hades! I have to say...I totally understand the reservations about Hades - I tend to be a bit of a stickler when it comes to traditional/historical characters and figures. My version of Hades is anything but traditional, but he fits into the overall Demonica world because of the mythology I created for it, which is a more Gnostic vision of religion and creation. So he's definitely not the Hades we're used to, but he works within the framework of the alternate world I developed (assuming one has read the other Demonica books), if that makes sense. :) Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to write this fabulous review, and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the book!

  2. Hi Larissa. The book was great. I think I will have to read more of the Denonica world. It was the first book I read so I wasn't prepare for it but in all I did enjoy readin it. Taking the plunge into the Demonica world and I may just get converted. Thanks for sharing your words with me