Author: Rachel Alexander
Date of Publication: 23rd September 2015
I’ve always been a fan of Greek mythology. Receiver of Many brings the mythology to the pages in a very accessible, readable way. The romance is a gateway but this book is about much more than just romance. It boasts a strong cast of supporting characters (both likable and not) as well as a fascinating world to delve into.
The two main characters, Persephone and Hades, are a great couple. Whilst I felt that I would like a little more fleshing out of Hades character (at times he felt like a sex-bot rather than a real boy – more on that later on) I liked Persephone’s journey from innocent girlhood into strong womanhood. Perhaps the depth of her experiences could have been more fully realized – but there’s a sequel coming which I’m sure will assuage any niggling doubts I have on that front.
This is an erotic novel so it would be silly talking about the main protagonists without mentioning the sex. I think Rachel Alexander writes love scenes beautifully. She is very good at getting all the necessary elements, without making me feel like she’s trying too hard. There’s love, lust, passion and tenderness…all of these qualities which are usually either or blend together nicely to create a fiery and yet character building whole. The only gripe I had was that there were perhaps a few too many of them…I think four or five really well placed love scenes would have had more impact than the plethora that ended up making into the book.
Supporting cast are interesting and diverse. I thought Demeter was a really interesting antagonist, and Alexander doesn’t shy away from humanizing the Goddess – even as Demeter time and again attempts to stand in the path of Persephone and Hades’ happiness. I would have like more action from her perhaps – she does a lot of crying and withholding but her doing only really starts to be hinted at towards the end of the book. Her love interest felt a little wishy-washy but I’d be on board for more development in the sequel.
Other characters that intrigued me included Merope, Thanatos and Hecate. I wouldn’t have minded if Alexander had traded one or two of those love scenes for some more interesting exploration of the characters mentioned above. I also think they could be pretty interesting plot elements – especially with upcoming events from Merope’s past coming into play, it seems, in the sequel.
Final piece of sequel bait – Kronos – has me very intrigued.
I’ll definitely be back for Destroyer of Light – Receiver of Many was an intelligent, fascinating book with some really hot, really romantic sex. What more can a girl ask for?