Author: Scarlett St. Clair
Narrator: Meg Sylvan
Audiobook Length: 12 hours 33 minutes
Persephone’s relationship with Hades has gone public and the resulting media storm disrupts her normal life and threatens to expose her as the Goddess of Spring.
Hades, God of the Dead, is burdened by a hellish past that everyone’s eager to expose in an effort to warn Persephone away.
Things only get worse when a horrible tragedy leaves Persephone’s heart in ruin and Hades refusing to help. Desperate, she takes matters into her own hands, striking bargains with severe consequences.
Faced with a side of Hades she never knew and crushing loss, Persephone wonders if she can truly become Hades’ queen.
[A Touch of Darkness (#1) Review]
A Touch of Ruin takes place soon after A Touch of Darkness ended with Hades and Persephone now a couple. Unfortunately, it is not smooth sailing as Persephone now is in the media spotlight and the two of them are navigating the obstacles that come with being with each other, including Demeter who wants to break the two of them up and keep Persephone with her. Additionally, Persephone is still concealing her divinity and wants to be her own individual and not just Hades’ girlfriend.
There are subplots featuring Persephone still getting used to her powers, a deal with Apollo, and a huge incident involving her best friend, Lexa, but the main driving force seemed to be the two main characters not properly communicating with each other resulting in multiple fights and make-ups. However, to me, it fell flat as I expected more based on the first novel.
Persephone’s character took a few steps forward in the last novel, but she took like 100 steps back in this one as she came across as an extremely selfish individual where she is right and no one else’s opinion matters. She makes a lot of assumptions about Hades claiming she knows him while also proclaiming that she knows nothing about him aside from the fact that he cares for her. While I do not mind this obstacle being a piece of the plot, it never felt like it was actually resolved and instead just glossed over to move to the story along. I really hope that her character improves a lot by the next book or it will not be worth continuing to the fourth.
Overall, this novel did not live up to the potential of the first. I stuck with it as I listened to the audiobook, which meant it was an easy listen in the background. There are a few heavier subjects in this novel, including suicide and potential rape, yet they are not really addressed and instead just incidents that took place. It felt like a missed opportunity, especially as there was space in the pages that could have been taken away from some of the other subplots and used to at least give the topics the attention they deserved. I will try out the third novel, A Touch of Malice, out of pure curiosity and I hope that it will turn out better than this one, at least for me.