A sumptuously illustrated picture book by the author of the bestselling THE BOOK OF GODDESSES.

When Persephone bends down to pick a blood-red narcissus, the earth suddenly splits in two. From the abyss a golden chariot appears, and its mysterious driver drags Persephone into the crevice. Then the earth seals shut with a shudder. Deep in the darkness of the underworld, Persephone discovers that she has been abducted by Pluto who loves her and makes her his queen. But Persephone is inconsolable, knowing she will never see the sun or her mother Demeter again.

Then the grief-stricken Demeter, goddess of the harvest, refuses to allow spring to return unless she is reunited with her daughter. And as the earth becomes frozen and the wheat fields barren, the survival of the earth is uncertain. Will Pluto free Persephone, or is the earth doomed?

Kris Waldherr’s breathtaking illustrations, filled with mystery and magic, enrich this haunting Greek myth that will linger in the mind long after the last page has been turned.

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praise and reviews

“Waldherr’s Pre-Raphaelite characters play out their drama against a vivid sword-and-sorcery landscape. . . . Mother and daughter dance through an enchanted woodland; rearing black horses erupt in fire from a crack in the earth. The dramatic oil paintings are matched by a quality of myth and magic in the prose.”
The New York Times Book Review

“A beautifully done retelling of the major mother-daughter myth.”
—Jean Shinoda Bolen, PhD., author of Goddesses in Everywoman

“Transplants a Greek myth to a dreamy, Botticelli-like setting. Evoking a time “when gods and goddesses still lived among humans,” her romantic prose describes Persephone’s abduction by Pluto, “lord of the underworld,” and the heroic attempts of Persephone’s mother, the harvest goddess Demeter, to rescue her. Lush oil paintings, some full-page, others in miniature, conjure up tranquil, moonlit landscapes; an ethereal netherworld; blossoming forests. Persephone and Demeter, both gauzily gowned and given flowing, pre-Raphaelite tresses, and an ardent, black-haired Pluto stand out against a supporting cast of courtly specters. Haunting.”
Publisher’s Weekly