He smiles. "Hello."
It's a deep voice. I can 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…
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A steamy coming-of-age novel laced with feminist sensibilities.”
— ALA Booklist
“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
Greenwillow Books, 9780061724497, 288pp.
Publication Date: April 28, 2009
About the Author
Emily Whitman's first novel, Radiant Darkness, was praised for its "originality and flair" by BCCB and was a #1 IndieBound Pick. The author lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.