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Radiant Darkness

  • Number One on the IndieBound Kid's Next List

  • Oregon Book Award Finalist

  • "Originality and flair" - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

He smiles. “Hello.”

        It’s a deep voice. I feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.

        I know I should leave, but I don’t want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I’m all eye, all ear, all skin.


Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother’s a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there’s no chance of escaping the life that’s been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more—something dangerous and exciting—something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she’s come to love, even the earth itself. In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who—and what—she really is. 

Emily Whitman Radiant Darkness Young Adult YA Fantasy Novel Myth Retelling Persephone Indiebound

Praise for Radiant Darkness

“Whitman shapes the Greek myth of Persephone into a steamy coming-of-age novel laced with feminist sensibilities.” – ALA Booklist


"A delicious read: funny, sensuous, lyrical, and wise." - Author Susan Fletcher


“Whitman has cleverly fit an ancient story into a trendy modern formula—a beautiful, innocent, privileged girl (Persephone) meets a powerful wealthy bad boy (Hades). –School Library Journal


“Will satisfy fans of Libba Bray and Stephenie Meyer.” -Kirkus Reviews


“A terrific story of a girl on the edge of womanhood, caught between a mother who offers no reverence and a boy who offers worship.” -Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author

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