Published by The Parliament House on May 12, 2020
Series: Blinding Night #2
Genres: New Adult, mythology, Romance
Source: ecopy from Author
The Story Continues. . .
Summer and Darce are summoned by the order of Zeus himself to travel to the home of the Gods: Mount Olympus, where they're to face even more ancient Gods and Goddesses.
Summer braces to confront her mother again, illuminating secrets about the truth of her tragic pasts, while also persuading Zeus to allow her to stay with the God of the Underworld, her true love - Darce.
Aboard Poseidon's luxury yacht, Summer meets her mythological family, while also uncovering what exactly happened to her past lives - and the true roles her mother and Darce played.
When Darce and Summer suddenly find themselves separated, Summer must find her inner power and unite them together, before her mortal time runs out.
Please Note: This is book two in a duology that should be read in order. If you are new to the series, you can check out my review of Book one- Blinding Night HERE
Gilded Ruins is the second book in the new adult mythology romance duology by Chantal Gadoury. I fell in love with the first book in the series, Blinding Night when I read it in 2018 and I have been waiting not so patiently for this book ever since! Normally If i go 2 years between reading novels, I have to do a refresher or a re-read before diving in to the second book, but in this case Blinding Night was so memorable that I honestly remembers all of the details from the first book. And even so, Chantal Gadoury does a great job recapping the major events for the reader.
Gilded Ruins picks up after the events of book one. Our main character, Summer now knows that she is a reincarnation of Persephone. She has finally been reconnected with Hades, or Darce and now their life together can begin. Only- not so fast! The Gods of Olympus have something up their sleeve. They call Darce and Summer to a meeting, where things get interesting to say the least. And of course, my favorite character Morpheus accompanies them on their trip. I really, really loved Morpheus. He was my favorite character in Blinding Night. I felt like he truly saw Summer for Summer, and not just for a vessel for Persephone.
Gilded Ruins did not disappoint. While I was hoping for a long series because I love the characters and the romance that Chantal weaves throughout her story, this book was a great wrap up for Summer and Darce. I fell head over heels in love with their story. This is a fantastic re-imagining of the tale of Persephone and Hades. I found it hilarious that a chunk of the story takes place not on mount Olympus, but rather on Poseidon’s mega yacht. That plus all of the wonderfully placed pop culture references, made this book a blast and a pleasure to devour. And devour it I did. I put the world on hold to read this book. Once I had a copy of it on my kindle, nothing could tear me away until I had no more pages to flip. I loved it that much. And I am super sad that it all done now. I would love to see more books in this world and with these versions of the greek gods. I need to read another one of Chantal Gadoury’s books ASAP. If you are a fan of Greek Mythology at all, you need to read this duology.
Books in the Blinding Night Duology
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- 2020 Retellings Reading Challenge
- Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2020