I love all things Greek mythology-related, so it’s no surprise that I’ve been eager to read every retelling that’s come out recently. While not a perfect series, Katee Robert’s Dark Olympus series (Neon Gods + Electric Idol, with a third to be released soon), is one of the better ones out right now and is an imaginative reinterpretation of the source material.
In the ultra-modern city of Olympus, there’s always a price to pay. Psyche Dimitriou knew she’d have to face Aphrodite’s jealous rage eventually, but she never expected her literal heart to be at stake…or for Aphrodite’s gorgeous son to be the one ordered to strike the killing blow.
Eros has no problem shedding blood. Raised to be his mother’s knife in the dark, he’s been conditioned to accept that he’s more monster than man. But when it comes time to take out his latest target…he can’t do it. Confused by his reaction to Psyche’s unexpected kindness, he does the only thing he can think of to keep her safe: he binds her to him, body and soul.
Psyche didn’t expect to find herself married to the glittering city’s most dangerous killer, but something about Eros wakens a fire inside her she’s never felt before. As lines blur and loyalties shift, Psyche realizes Eros might take her heart after all…and she’s not sure she can survive the loss.
I was so excited for this story as Psyche and Eros are two of my favorite characters in Greek mythology, and I certainly enjoyed Katee Robert’s take on them. Eros is walking proof that still waters can run deep, and I love that this story had an element of found family in it with respect to Psyche and the Dimitriou Sisters.
As with Neon Gods, I love that these stories are like an easter egg hunt for fans of Greek mythology. I love that Robert adds in bits and pieces of mythology and lore—little call-backs that are so much fun (using Tartarus, rather than hell, for example).
I loved Psyche and Eros’s connection and could’ve seen myself enjoying this even more than Neon Gods were it not for the fact that the book seemed to drag at parts, whereas the plot of Neon Gods felt like it moved a bit quicker and with purpose. Still, this is such a fun series and I’m so glad that we have a third book to look forward to.
Read This If
- You’re a fan of the marriage-of-convenience trope
- You want plus-size/curvy representation
- You enjoy retellings
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