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Sarah Diemer

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(eng) Bridget Essex formerly wrote under the names Elora Bishop and S.E./Sarah Diemer.


Verk av Sarah Diemer

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Alpha (2017) 7 exemplar
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Big, Bad Wolf (2014) 5 exemplar
The Longing (2017) 5 exemplar
The Bodyguard (2018) 5 exemplar
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One Ostara Sunrise (2013) 5 exemplar
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The Forever Star 4 exemplar
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Protect Her (2018) 3 exemplar
Cry Wolf (2017) 3 exemplar
Seek 3 exemplar
The Wolf Diaries (2018) 2 exemplar
Eternal Thief (2014) 2 exemplar
Beauty and the Wolf (2017) 2 exemplar
Thief of Hearts (2017) 2 exemplar
The Christmas Wolf (2015) 2 exemplar
Holiday Wolf Pack (2017) 2 exemplar
Rose Witch 2 exemplar
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Wild 1 exemplar
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Diemer, S.E.
Bishop, Elora
Essex, Bridget
Heart, Lucy
Vivien, Natalie (wife)
Bridget Essex formerly wrote under the names Elora Bishop and S.E./Sarah Diemer.



I’ve always loved mythology. Growing up, I did a lot of research about Egyptian myths, but as time passed I became increasingly familiar with Greek mythology. I’m very proficient in Greek mythology and can carry a conversation about this stuff with anybody really. I know quite a few of the myths and details, and can name quite a few of the gods both major and minor.

I was on the hunt for a few indie books about a year ago, and was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon this book in a list of recommendations. It was described as ‘myth retelling’, which we’d talked about a lot in my University classes in third year. So, naturally, I bought it.

And then proceeded to read it in literally a day.

Let’s give a bit of background: the original myth of Persephone and Hades says that Persephone was stolen by Hades and forced to the Underworld. After negotiations with Olympus and a marriage to the Lord of the Underworld, Persephone agreed to spend six months with her husband in the Underworld, and another six on Earth with her family. The story explains why we have winter – Persephone is the Goddess of Spring, so with her down in the Underworld, the world freezes over into winter. When she returns, spring blooms again. She is the illustrious and kind Queen of the Underworld, and Diemer’s novel is told completely through her point of view.

Oh, and Hades is a woman.

That’s right, the ‘lord’ of the Underworld is actually a very beautiful woman, and Persephone isn’t stolen away, rather she willingly goes to escape a fate she thinks is worse than death – having to live alongside Zeus on Olympus.

Why is this terrible? I’m glad you asked.

There’s a very common joke with people who know Greek mythology that everything that happens is all Zeus’s fault. In this novel, this is taken to a whole new level. In common Greek myths, Zeus is the King of the Gods, who does whatever (and whoever) he pleases. He’s fathered demigods and monsters alike, and he, as said in the novel, takes whatever he wants coz he’s the ruler. Persephone hates him, for something he did that wronged her terribly in the past. And because of this, she refuses to even be anywhere near him. Zeus in this narrative is described as what he probably would have been – an arrogant selfish man, hellbent on getting his way at every turn. He spreads lies about other gods to make them less favourable; he forces himself on Demeter and then tries to do the same with her daughter (who is also his daughter); at a point, he even tries to orchestrate Hades’s murder.

Persephone runs away from all this, and nobody can blame her really. And she does it all to find her own happiness and make her own destiny.

Who knew that that meant that she’d end up running into the arms of a woman?

As far as myth retellings go, I think this book is spot on. It keeps to the original myths very well, with some changes towards the end that I’m sure are justified for the sake of the story. Persephone is a wonderful narrator, who is full of emotion and who leads you through the story gently, rather than with the boring tone some first person narratives tend to take. And the romance, while a slow burn (and I fucking hate slow burns) is a very satisfying one, even though it got a little cheesy towards the end. But hey, we all need some cheese in our lives sometimes!

Final rating: 4.5/5. A must read for fans of Greek mythology and LGBT literature alike.
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viiemzee | 10 andra recensioner | Feb 20, 2023 |
I'm moving this one to presently reading as a sneak peak of the Prologue and the First Chapter came out earlier this week as a wonderful, amazing gift from herself. I'm so intrigued and curious to see where this goes. All the girls, and different characters, how people interact, and the gorgeous, silky flow of the words.

And how soon it will be when I will have the whole of it in my hands to devour whole!


Finished it and I love it so, so, so, much. My favorite quote is "I'm not afraid of being afraid" between Persephone and Hermes, which remind me so much of September and Ly's conversation in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making ("Be careful with me, I'm fragile," Ly Said, and September, Replied, "It's alrught. I'm not.")

I devoured this book so quickly once it was finally in my hands. I smiled at how simple and right it felt all the choice Persephone made that changed everything, and cried at her scene/choice in the Elysian Fields. I can't wait to see everything else Sarah writes.
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wanderlustlover | 10 andra recensioner | Dec 27, 2022 |
A clever lovely romp through a mistake, which makes you think about love and friendship and following your heart/dreams. I loved this piece when I got to read it from her a few years ago and I loved it amazingly yesterday when I got to sit down and read it on my Kindle for the first time. Bravo.
wanderlustlover | Dec 27, 2022 |
Another Sarah book! So soon after the next and the beginning of a trio of novella's. I can't wait to see where this book goes. And I love how inspired about Soul Mates (and bonds) Sarah's writing in her books (and about her own life) her writing always leaves me.

I love hearing all about the spiritual lives of the characters they've been working together. I can't wait until summer for part two
wanderlustlover | Dec 27, 2022 |



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