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. 

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

© 2015 by Emily Whitman.