People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.
But gods are known for their jealousy.
Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.
Psyche's punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.
Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche from Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.
OH.MY.GOSH, what did I just read?! It has been sooooo long since I’ve read a Wendy Higgins book and this was the BEST point to pick things back up again. I’ve been a fan of mythology since I was kid, I can’t say that I have a plethora of knowledge, but I always loved reading about it. In Soul in Darkness, we have Cupid and Psyche’s story, a very new story to me … I didn’t even know Cupid had his own love story. I just couldn’t get enough of their story and had trouble putting my book down.
Since I had zero idea about their story, I had no expectations and was fully ready for the journey this book was going to take me on. I honestly thought this was going to be a YA, but Higgins definitely gives a little note that this is very much an adult read and THANK GOODNESS for that.
For Psyche being young and being very new to relationships in general (well she just skips that and has to marry), I found her to be mature about everything. She has so much beauty, but was so humble about everything. She didn’t care about the gifts that people would adorn her with and would give them to those in need. Psyche was a character that surprised me, she’s a strong, daring and a kind-hearted person. Her name means soul, which is very fitting to her personality.
She definitely irked me at sometimes with quick to believe what everyone tells her. I very much expected her to ALWAYS listen to her natural instincts, but I’d say it definitely got the best of her at times. She’s not one to tuck tail and hide, so I loved how determined she was.
Cupid intrigued me the most! I knew next to nothing about him except for what Valentine’s Day paints him as. He was mysterious and downright alluring, and I was just eager to learn everything about him. Despite everything that she was told about her husband,it was always the exact opposite. Like I’ve mentioned before, he’s nothing like you’d expect.
Everyone, I absolutely loved Cupid! He was so kind and endearing to Psyche, willing to give everything he could to her. As much as I loved the unique aspect of their relationship where she couldn’t see him, it definitely frustrated me to no end. I wanted nothing more for her to just see him and it’s seriously such a tease. But I loved every minute of it and you will too!
Gosh, I wish I could re-read this book over for the first time. I hope we get more Wendy Higgins mythology retellings because I am there for all of it. Such a beautifully written and intriguing tale where trust is the key.
Can’t recommend this book enough!
Major thank you to Wendy for the reader’s copy!