Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins (ARC Review)


Even though I don’t normally read adult fantasy, I am absolutely obsessed with this book. Which, I guess is apt since Cupid’s magic creates obsessive infatuation, and arguably not love. Growing up, Greek mythology was my favorite thing ever. So, when Wendy Higgins first announced it, I was so excited. Cupid and Psyche’s story was also always one of my favorite myths.

For anyone to be able to make me invested enough in characters and a story based on a myth I’ve known by heart since I was six is a tall order. But Wendy Higgins does it easily and moved me so much that I actually cried when the expected “don’t do it!” moment happens (I won’t say what it is, but if you know the myth… well, you know what I’m talking about).

Not to be too spoilery about it, but when I reached the end of Part 1, I was genuinely confused about how there could be 2 more parts… until I kept reading. And that is where Ms. Higgins’ unique storytelling shines through.

The depth she gives to Cupid, Psyche, and even Venus is amazing and really made me connect with each of them in a way I didn’t think possible. I really wanted Cupid and Psyche to be together as “people,” not just because the myth the book is based on has them as a couple.

I easily give this story 5/5 stars and sincerely hope that she will write more mythology retellings.

P.S. In the meantime, check out the Lore Olympus comic on WebToon for a contemporary take on Hades and Persephone (another one of my favorite Greek myths).

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