A Game of Fate is the retelling of the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone from the point of view of Hades and the first installment in the series from his point of view. We follow the same story almost word for word and experience it from a man’s perspective.
Aphrodite challenges Hades to make someone fall in love with him (you can see where this is going). If he can’t make that happen, then he must return Aphrodite’s lover, Basil, back to Earth. Directly after this, Hades meets Persephone in his club and makes the deal where Persephone must create life in the Underworld or live there forever. What we didn’t know in A Touch of Darkness is that Hades only created their deal because he didn’t know how to keep her from leaving him forever. Shortly after this, Hades learns that the Fates have woven and connected him and Perseohone together. He then gets Persephone to fall for him. You’ll have to read and see how 🙂
Overall I loved the book. There was one thing that I didn’t really understand throughout and that was the whole situation of Sisyphus, a mortal trying to beat death. Hades kept saying that Perspheone wouldn’t be safe until he was caught, But I was confused how the two were connected. The smut was very heavy in this version of the story and that’s probably because it was Hades we were listening to. There were a couple added scenes that weren’t in A Touch of Darkness so that was a bonus. I really enjoyed seeing more Gods. Since Hades is a God and had to go to Council and see the other Gods and Goddesses, as well as talking to his brothers, there was a lot of contact between them.
I want to include this little snippet that demonstrates why I love Hades:
“You disguised yourself because they had already rejected you,” Hades countered. “Do not attempt to lie to me, little brother. We both know it is futile.”
Zeus’ lips flattened, his eyes narrowed.
“Women only want one thing, Hades, and that is power.”
Hades had no doubt it was one of the several things women wanted, and among them, freedom to exist without worrying about predators like Zeus.
“Perhaps you fear women in power because of the way you use your own– to rape, abuse, and turture.”