A Touch of Darkness summary and theme

 A Touch of Darkness Summary and Themes

Persephone, Goddess of Spring, has been without magical powers her entire life. She poses as a mortal woman; she attends college to study journalism and is about to start an internship at the illustrious New Athens News. Her best friend, Lexa, convinces her to visit Nevernight, a casino and nightclub owned by Hades; at the club, they encounter Adonis, Sibyl, and other mortals who become their friends. Persephone becomes separated from Lexa and enters a private gambling den, where an attractive stranger teaches her poker. She soon realizes that he is Hades himself. Hades is well-known for making impossible bargains with mortals, so Persephone leaves in fear and frustration. At home, she notices a mark on her wrist where Hades touched her.

Persephone goes to her internship, where her editor gives her creative freedom. She discovers that Adonis is a senior reporter. She then goes to Nevernight and demands an audience with Hades, who tells her that because she gambled with him and lost, she must now fulfill a contract with him. He demands that she create life in the Underworld. She reveals her powerlessness before returning home. Later, her mother, Demeter, questions her about having gone to Nevernight, but Persephone hides the truth. She decides to write an article about Hades and his contracts. After a brief confrontation in front of Adonis, Hades commands her to return that night and get a tour of the Underworld. She returns to the club that evening but, in her impatience, stumbles into the Underworld without Hades’s supervision. There, corpses attack her until Hermes intervenes. Hades arrives, tends to Persephone’s wounds, and kisses her to give her teleportation magic so she can enter the Underworld whenever she wants.

Persephone tries to plant seeds in an Underworld garden. She meets Hecate, Goddess of Magic, and sees Asphodel, where most souls are sent when they die. She and Hades play rock, paper, scissors and debate a man’s petition for his wife’s return. The next day, Persephone writes an impassioned first draft of an article, which Adonis reads without her permission. She and Hermes secretly watch Hades cure a woman’s daughter of cancer. Later, Persephone and Hades again debate the nature of his contracts. The next morning, she discovers that her article was published. She confronts Adonis about publishing it without her permission, but her editor asks her to write more articles about Hades. Lexa takes Persephone to another nightclub to celebrate; they again encounter Adonis and his friends. The two women dance and drink but ingest drugged cocktails without their knowledge. Adonis grabs Persephone and begins forcefully kissing her against her will, but Hades repels him and takes her to the Underworld to recover from the assault.

The next morning, Hades and Persephone argue about her new article. Hecate comforts her and challenges her to see Hades’s contract in a new light. Persephone’s editor gives her tickets to the Olympian Gala before Minthe arrives and gives her a clue for growing life in the Underworld. Persephone visits with the souls in Asphodel, who give her a crown. She and Hades share an intimate moment that is interrupted by Minthe. Several days later, Persephone and Lexa attend the Gala. Hades presents the Halcyon Project, an outreach program devoted to helping mortals who struggle with addiction. In his speech, he thanks Persephone for inspiring him. Aphrodite tries to corner her for a conversation, but Persephone escapes and starts to leave. Hades invites her to dance and then invites her back to the Underworld. There, the two consummate their relationship.

The next morning, Persephone feels her magic for the first time but is unable to find its source. With Hades’s permission, Persephone travels to Elysium with the god Thanatos. He reveals that Hades’s bargains are actually attempts to make deals with the Fates, and all the souls who fail their contracts are sent to Elysium to recover and eventually reincarnate. Persephone trains with Hecate to master her magic and plans a ball with some of the Asphodel souls. At her internship, she fights with Adonis, who is fired for his misbehavior. Several weeks later, she receives a threatening email from Adonis with incriminating photographs of herself and Hades. She tries to ignore the threat and enjoys a date night with Hades, which culminates in her mother’s intruding on them and discovering their contract. The next day, Persephone arrives at work to find Aphrodite waiting for her. Aphrodite reveals that she and Hades had a bet as to whether he could make someone fall in love with him within six months. Heartbroken at having been used, Persephone leaves for the Underworld to find the Well of Reincarnation, hoping to complete her contract.

At the well, a soul that is chained to a pillar as punishment attacks her. Hades rescues her, and the two fight about his bet with Aphrodite. Persephone confesses that she loves him, but when he does not reciprocate, she summons vines to capture him, fulfilling the terms of her contract. She returns to the mortal realm, where she has Lexa’s boyfriend hack Adonis’s devices and delete the pictures of her and Hades. She confronts Adonis and Minthe, the person who supplied the photos, turning Minthe into a mint plant. She then travels and confronts her mother for withholding worshippers and, thus, preventing her magic from manifesting. Demeter refuses to accept Persephone as an adult and a goddess, causing a rift in their relationship.

Persephone graduates and works full time at New Athens News. She is eventually visited by Hecate, who asks her to return to the Underworld. Hades waits for Persephone, and the two have an emotional reconciliation after sharing words of love. Persephone gives him the mint plant, which they place in the Underworld gardens. Hades gives Persephone a private grove to practice her magic. 

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 A Touch of Darkness Summary and Themes - Character Analysis


Persephone, the Goddess of Spring, begins the novel as a powerless goddess who poses as a mortal while attending journalism school in New Athens. She is a beautiful blonde with green eyes who must rely on her mother’s magic to create a glamour that hides her horns, a symbol of her divinity. She enjoys her quiet life of relative anonymity but struggles to meet the demands of her overprotective mother, Demeter. She has a strong moral compass, which is quickly revealed by her disdain for Hades and the contracts he creates with mortals.

As Persephone gains power, experience, and social standing, her desire to impact the world grows. She points out things that she perceives to be wrongs, challenges authority, and stands up for her beliefs. This shows a fundamental shift in her ideology; she moves from personifying her mother to wanting to actively change the world she lives in. Her actions culminate in her claiming agency over her life and shedding ties with toxic people as she becomes empowered enough to make her own decisions. The time she spends masquerading as a mortal gives her much-needed insights into mortal struggles, granting her a perspective that many of the divine beings lack. Thus, when she comes into her magical ability, she manages to follow her moral compass and seeks to be a positive force in the world.


Hades is a powerful god with several domains, including wealth, and is the King of the Underworld. He is tall with black hair and has horns like a gazelle, which he usually covers with glamour. He owns a nightclub, Nevernight, and is well-known for making impossible bargains with mortals while he gambles. This is later revealed to be an attempt to help them change their lives for the better, but his disdain for rumors leads him to keep this information to himself, even in the face of public scandal and derision. He also has a complicated sense of self-worth, as he sees himself as unworthy of the worship of the souls in his domain. The narration suggests that his current self-doubt is the result of cruelties that he perpetrated in the past.

Hades shows his true self through his actions, rather than through his words. He has little regard for what people say. Instead, he tries to let his choices speak for themselves. This is made clear through his development of the Halcyon Project, which he designs in response to Persephone’s critique of his methods for helping mortals. He takes her feelings and concerns into consideration and turns those worries into actionable steps, showing that he really is listening to her. This counteracts the images of more toxic masculinity shown in the novel, such as Adonis’s regular disregard for Persephone’s opinions and desires. However, Hades’s belief that actions speak louder than words also contributes to his rift with Persephone and his poor reputation among the mortals. He shows disregard for gossip and, thus, makes no effort to clarify his actions, just as he does not verbalize his love for Persephone. This communication barrier negatively impacts the way others view him, damaging his relationships.


Lexa is Persephone’s closest friend and her roommate. Lexa is a full-blooded mortal who is unaware of Persephone’s goddess status at the beginning of the novel. She has black hair and tattoos and is often more outgoing than Persephone. She enjoys visiting clubs, and her love of night life is what initially grants the two girls access to Nevernight. She begins the novel with romantic interest in Adonis, but when he reveals his connection to Aphrodite, she begins a romance with the mortal who helps Persephone delete explicit photographs from Adonis’s possession.

Lexa is Persephone’s biggest advocate and spends much of the novel supporting her endeavors. Lexa often reminds Persephone of her strengths and beauty, and she repeatedly demonstrates that she wants what is best for her friend. Further, when Lexa learns that Persephone is divine, she continues to support the goddess by showing her all the ways that she can be a positive influence on the gods. Lexa’s perpective helps Persephone to realize that there is Power in Everyday Heroism, and even without magic, she can make a positive impact on the world. Lexa supports the development of Persephone’s moral compass in this way, validating her efforts and supporting her desire for change. 


Adonis is the most active antagonist in the novel. He is described as exceptionally handsome, with dark curls and bronze skin. Adonis begins the book as a senior reporter at New Athens News. He also has Aphrodite’s favor, and it is implied that they are in a sexual relationship. Their connection also grants him access to exclusive clubs, which is how he meets Persephone and Lexa.

While Adonis initially seems kind and welcoming toward Persephone, it quickly becomes evident that he has ulterior motives. He publishes an article without her consent, abusing the trust she put in him when she initially promised to let him read it. He is malicious and predatory when he drugs Persephone and attempts to force himself on her; only Hades’s timely intervention protects Persephone from further abuse. When Persephone defends herself to him later, Adonis’s behavior results in his termination, which he later tries to resolve by blackmailing Persephone with sexual pictures of herself and Hades. These actions show an escalation of cruelty and manipulation that showcases him not only as a villain but also as unrepentant. He does not learn from his actions, nor does he offer any of his fellow mortals compassion. He seeks to advance his own social standing through manipulation, and it is only when he is made truly afraid that he moderates his behavior. Even so, his oath to never engage with women without their consent comes only after the threat of bodily harm. He does nothing to earn his transformation or improvement, prompting doubt that he will ever genuinely change.


Demeter is the Goddess of the Harvest and Persephone’s mother. She has antlers as a marker of her divinity. She is blonde with multi-hued eyes, and even when she uses a glamour, mortals see her as beautiful. She often tries to make Persephone look and act more like her. She also employs nymphs both to perform tasks and to spy on her daughter. She allows Persephone to attend college as a mortal because her powers have not yet manifested; it is eventually revealed that by keeping Persephone locked away, Demeter contributed to her lack of magic. In this way, Demeter is a more subtle antagonist than Adonis, still harming Persephone but doing so through the guise of love.

Demeter represents the ways that love can be toxic and harmful. Although she loves Persephone, she also wants to exhibit ownership of her. She hides her existence and identity from the rest of the divine pantheon and the mortal world, keeping her locked in her magic domain under the guise of trying to keep Persephone safe. While that may be true in her eyes, this safety comes at the cost of Persephone’s autonomy. Demeter manipulates Persephone through threats, such as threatening to take her away from the mortal plane, and through her magical power, such as freezing her when she tries to leave a conversation. Her desire to control her overcomes any good will that she demonstrates toward Persephone, ultimately blinding her to her own failures. She refuses to accept the consequences of her actions and remains unwilling to acknowledge that her overbearing nature prevents her and Persephone from having a close relationship. Her refusal to apologize to Persephone also represents her failure to understand her own faults, making it impossible for her to advance her relationship with her daughter into a phase that respects her adulthood. Instead, she tries to keep Persephone under her control; in doing so, she ignores the power that her daughter gained. When Persephone exerts this power, she physically breaks Demeter’s greenhouse, an act that symbolizes breaking their relationship.



Three different types of love are shown in A Touch of Darkness: familial, romantic, and platonic. Persephone’s struggle to learn and navigate these different types of relationships makes up one of the central conflicts of the novel, as she often finds the desires of her loved ones in conflict with each other. Her reconciliation with Hades, her friendship with Lexa, and her attempts to fix her relationship with her mother all relate to the theme that Love is Worth Fighting For.

The romantic love between Hades and Persephone is also the love that is most fraught with difficulty. They meet under the guise of Hades’s contract, a system that Persephone deplores and believes herself to be trapped by. Her disdain for his attempts to improve mortal lives is a source of conflict that seems irreconcilable between the two of them, despite their mutual physical attraction. However, when Hades shows that he endeavors to help people and follows Persephone’s guidance in doing so, he proves that he is willing to fight for her affection by changing his behaviors. He overcomes his preconceived notions to help her feel seen and valued. After their rift, Persephone spends much time reflecting on Hades’s love and her own role in her future happiness. She concludes that she is capable of forgiving him, and that forgiveness opens her heart to him again. Thus, they fight both internal and external conflict to develop and reconcile their relationship.

Platonic love plays out through Lexa and Persephone’s relationship. Their friendship is strong, but Persephone limits its depth by withholding her divine status. This is ultimately revealed after revokes her favor, unintentionally exposing Persephone’s true nature as a goddess to her best friend. Lexa quickly adjusts to Persephone’s divinity and even goes so far as to comfort her friend when she is faced with the idea of a magicless life, stating “[…] you are kind and compassionate and you fight for your beliefs, but mostly, you fight for people. That’s what gods are supposed to do, and someone should remind them, because a lot of them have forgotten” (332). Her unwavering support of Persephone, even in the face of huge revelations, shows that friendships are built on more than convenience or superficial connections. She fights through her discomfort that Persephone is a god and the sense of betrayal provoked by having her roommate’s true identity kept from her; instead, she chooses to continue showing support, love, and affection for her friend. She negates her negative emotions and fights for her friendship, providing an example of devotion to platonic love.


As a young, powerless goddess, Persephone has one foot in the mortal world and the other in the divine realm. This provides her with access to information from both sources, culminating in her receiving conflicting information that shapes her approach to life. She joins New Athens News in pursuit of truth, seeking to parse the rumors that surrounded her in childhood. Many parts of Persephone’s journey reinforce the Difference Between Rumors and Truth, tracing her path to autonomy alongside her pursuit for accuracy.

 A Touch of Darkness Summary and Themes Hadesis the novel’s clearest victim of rumors, as much of the  is spent grappling with his contracts and what they really are. People speculate on and misconstrue his actions, painting him as deplorable. Hades is reluctant to address the claims people make about him, eventually explaining to Persephone that “Words are used to spin stories and craft lies, and occasionally they are strung together to tell the truth” (257). This serves as justification for the infrequency with which he interacts with the media of the mortal world, despite Persephone’s previous attempts to formally interview him. He views words as a tool used more to inflict harm than to help others. His commitment to actions, therefore, shows his commitment to the truth, because he views actions as undeniable evidence of a person’s true devotions, while words are often deceptive or insincere. In this way, Hades represents the futility that is felt when there is no one clear culprit in spreading falsehoods, as well as the importance of finding ways to fight against untruths in whatever way is possible.

Persephone falls into the traps of the rumor mill after she steps into the limelight as a writer, drawing additional attention when she and Hades are seen dancing together. She is frequently cornered by classmates and near-strangers who want details about her relationship with him. However, both the complicated scenario she is in and her unwillingness to spread information about Hades beyond what is necessary for her job restrict her ability to tell the truth. Revealing the true reason for her closeness with Hades—their contract—would also expose her to further speculation and cast doubt on her reporting. Persephone’s journey shows how easy it is to become caught in rumors and how difficult it can be to express the truth.


One of Persephone’s defining characteristics is that she is a goddess without power. She kills plants she encounters and is unable to control their withering; she cannot grow anything and cannot charm mortals. She relies on her mother’s power to disguise her true form, just as she later depends on Hadesto allow her to enter the Underworld. Despite these limitations, persephoneestablishes herself as someone who is worthy of trust and respect. She pursues truth, addresses wrongdoings, and treat all people with fairness. Persephone embodies the Power of Everyday Heroism, showing the importance of common goodness and strength even in the face of immortal power. She highlights the importance of contemplating one’s own actions and considering one’s ability to change the world, even within limited circumstances.

Persephone’s first act of heroism is her conscious choice to write about Hades even after being warned against it by her peers at New Athens News. She believes that Hades is wronging mortals, so she sets out to shame him and warn others away from his tempting offers. She does so with the knowledge that this may make her a target and provoke his wrath, pursuing her story because she believes that it will make the world a better place. She puts herself in social and emotional danger to help mortals. Her choice to do so showcases the importance of identifying and verbalizing conflicts, especially when they manifest as power inequalities.

Persephone’s interactions with the Asphodel souls further showcase her devotion to the mortal experience. She treats the souls with respect and support, speaking with the adults and playing with the children. She does not treat them as any lesser or as the other simply because they are dead or mortal. Instead, she supports their endeavors and uses her sway to help them. This is evident in the Ascension Ball: She convinces Hades not only to host the ball but also to attend it, helping bridge the gap between him and his subjects. This support, in turn, earns her the title of queen, which is both a reward and an obligation. She becomes the mistress of the Underworld through her own merits, not by divine right or magical power.


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