Book Review: Shades of Gods by Erin Hayes

“And that was how I, Callie Saunders, aged twenty-seven, died on November 2nd in the middle of a San Francisco on a beautiful Saturday Afternoon.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.Shades of the Gods (The Elysium Legacies, #1)

Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it’s the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.

So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.

With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead.


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When I saw another bloggers review on this I knew I wanted to read it, I love Greek Mythology especially the ones which tend to focus more on Hades and the ‘Underworld Gods’ so I knew I had to try this! The book starts quite fast paced, the main character does die within the first chapter and we are introduced to the world of the Underworld. I loved Callie’s character she is a okay let’s get on with it kind of girl and seems to take most things in her stride, even being unexpectedly dead. The authors interpretation of the Underworld tickled me as well as it seemed to be more of an Airport Security kind of deal then anything else. Cos that’s just what you want to deal with immediately after leaving this mortal plane. Even with that my favourite character was definitely Plutus, Hades son that Callie is charged with protecting. Although he is blind and has a limp he was the character I felt I most connected to as well as the one I was most rooting for! Who doesn’t love an underdog haha. As I mentioned before the story is quite fast paced and once Callie is down in the Underworld the detective work begins. It includes a fair bit of Greek Mythology and one or two ‘creatures’ I was not aware of before. There was also enough ‘shocks’ to keep the momentum going though one of them I was not happy with at all. (Not that it wasn’t good for the story, I just didn’t want that to happen). Overall though I would recommend.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Probably

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

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