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A Touch of Malice by Scarlett St. Clair: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Does anyone else avoid reading series when they're still in progress? Unfortunately, when it came to the Hades & Persephone series I had no idea that was the case. It wasn't until I was about halfway done with the third book in the series, A Touch of Malice, before I realized I would have to wait another six months before I could read the final installment. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


As much as I hate the anticipation, the silver lining is that I can keep myself busy with other spicy mythology retellings. In fact, this article contains a list of five books like A Touch of Malice to read next, as well as answering a few key questions I expect future readers will have about the book. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

A Touch of Malice by Scarlett St. Clair

What Is A Touch of Malice About?

A Touch of Malice is about what happens after Hades and Persephone's engagement is announced to all of New Greece. When Persephone's mother, Demeter, hears news of her daughter's engagement, she sets off a never-ending winter storm that wreaks havoc on the mortals living in New Athens. That's not all Persephone must contend with though. As she deals with the fallout of her attack in A Touch of Ruin and continues to try to master her magical abilities, she also learns that her marriage to Hades cannot, and will not, happen without first receiving Zeus' blessing. Can she convince Zeus to give them his blessing? Is war truly inevitable? Only time will tell in A Touch of Malice...

How Long Does It Take to Read A Touch of Malice?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 5 hours and 42 minutes to read A Touch of Malice.

What Book Comes After A Touch of Malice?

Scarlett St. Clair Hades & Persephone Series in Order

A Touch of Chaos is the book that comes after A Touch of Malice. It will be the final book in the Hades & Persephone series, making this the official order of the books:

  1. A Touch of Darkness

  2. A Touch of Ruin

  3. A Touch of Malice

  4. A Touch of Chaos (Coming November 2023)


What Are the Spicy Chapters in A Touch of Malice?

As you likely know by this point in the Hades & Persephone series, there's no shortage of steam and spice and this book was no different. The spicy chapters in A Touch of Malice are chapters II, VI, VII, XIV, XVI, XVII, XIX, XXIX, XXX, and XXXII.


Do Hades and Persephone Get Married In A Touch of Malice?

Yes - Hades and Persephone get married in A Touch of Malice. After being summoned to Olympus for their engagement feast, they are invited to hear their prophecy from Zeus' oracle. That prophecy states "Hades and Persephone's marriage will produce a god more powerful than Zeus himself." Obviously, Zeus feels threatened and says the only way he will bless their union but only on the condition that "if the goddess ever becomes pregnant, the infant must be terminated." After returning to the Underworld, Hades proposes they get married within the next few hours in case Zeus changes his mind and Persephone agrees.


Does A Touch of Malice Have a Happy Ending?

Not exactly. The end of A Touch of Malice starts happily with Persephone and Hades getting married in the underworld, but it all goes downhill from there.


After the wedding, Helen writes an article outing Persephone as a goddess and Sybil goes missing. Persephone takes off to find her but is sidetracked when she finds out Demeter set off an avalanche, killing thousands. Persephone teleports there and begins melting the snow with her magic. At that point, the Olympians arrive and battlelines are drawn; Hades, Apollo, Hermes, Aphrodite, and Hephaestus on one side and Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Artemis, and Ares on the other. A battle ensues.


After Hades and Persephone escape, they continue the search for Sybil. They are met by Theseus, Persephone's attacker from A Touch of Ruin, who demands Persephone go with him. She complies and he takes her where he has been torturing Sybil and Harmonia. Zofie arrives and attempts to rescue the three women but is killed in the process. Demeter then appears and together she and Theseus demand Persephone take them into the Underworld to retrieve the Helm of Darkness.


Once in the Underworld, Hecate is able to help by saving Sybil and Harmonia. However, this causes a fight between Persephone and Demeter, which results in Demeter's accidental death. Meanwhile, Hades attempts to track down Persephone but fails after he is ensnared in a magical net. To make matters worse, during Pershone's fight, Theseus is able to escape, use the Helm of Darkness, and release the Titans.

5 Books Like A Touch of Malice by Scarlett St. Clair

If you're a fan of not only this particular book, but the entire series, and you've made it to this point, then you've come here for similar book recommendations. Fortunately, I have five solid books like A Touch of Malice for you to check out next, including:


A Game of Gods by Scarlett St. Clair

1. A Game of Gods by Scarlett St. Clair

The final book in the Hades Saga, A Game of Gods, is a retelling of A Touch of Malice from Hades' perspective. So, as far as what it's about, you already know. According to many GoodReads reviews though, this doesn't mean it's going to be boring. In fact, one reviewer, Laura, explained it this way in her review of A Touch of Malice: "What I truly loved about this book was Hades POV. It not only offered so much insight into how he was feeling during Malice, but it showed us a whole other plot that was happening, that as a reader (inside Sephy’s POV in Malice) we had no clue about. And that’s what is so great about this Hades part of the series. You’re not only reading an entirely different plot but also getting those snippets from the Persephone POV books."


Receiver of Many by Rachel Alexander

2. Receiver of Many by Rachel Alexander

While it might be nearly a decade old, Reciever of Many by Rachel Alexander is praised by many on BookTok who are also fans of A Touch of Male and the entire Hades & Persephone series. After reading the description and some of the GoodReads reviews, I can see why. Here's said description: "Hades's life has been one of solitude in the somber land of the dead: the God of the Underworld, he lives without attachments, eternally governing the souls of mortals. But he dreams of the young goddess who was promised to be his wife and knows it is time for his Kingdom to have a Queen. When Hades arrives to claim his betrothed, he finds a young goddess eager to unearth her divine potential - and a powerful mother unwilling to let go. Receiver of Many begins an erotic story of passion and possession, duty and desire, and a struggle that threatens both ancient Greece and the Realm of the Dead itself."


Drag Me Up by R.M. Virtues

3. Drag Me Up by R.M. Virtues

Drag Me Up by R.M. Virtues might be the book on this list that I'm personally most excited about. Again, like A Touch of Malice, this book is a Persephone and Hades retelling. However, this time it takes place in Las Vegas. Here's the description: "They say he’s a myth and Hades prefers it that way. He may do all the work, and Zeus may get all the credit, but at least it means Hades is rarely forced to leave the shadows of Casino Asphodel. She belongs in the spotlight and Persephone clawed her way out of Demeter’s shadow to reach it. Landing a residency at the legendary Casino Asphodel is everything she trained for. Meeting a man she’d been convinced didn’t exist? She could never be prepared for that. But when Zeus ups the stakes, they must be willing to go all in, even if it means coming down from the sky. Or stepping into the light."


Psyche and Eros by Luna McNamara

4. Psyche and Eros by Luna McNamara

Seeing as Psyche's life came to a tragic end in A Touch of Malice, I thought you might find it interesting to read an entire book dedicated to her story next. Here's the description for Luna McNamara's book, Psyche and Eros: "Rebelling against her society’s expectations for women, Psyche spends her youth mastering blade and bow, preparing to meet her destiny. But when he angers the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite sends Eros, the God of Desire, to deliver a cruel curse. Thrown together by fate, headstrong Psyche and world-weary Eros will face challenges greater than they could have ever imagined. And as the Trojan War begins and divine powers try to keep them apart, the pair must determine if the curse could become something more . . . before it’s too late."


Demon Lover by Heather Guerre

5. Demon Lover by Heather Guerre

This is another recommendation for anyone who doesn't want to read another Persephone and Hades retelling but would still like a mythological romance of sorts. In this case, check out Demon Lover by Heather Guerre. According to one Redditor, "It isn't a retelling of a myth, but the plot is heavily dependent on the Mesopotamian myth of Innana's descent into the Underworld. The description sounds predictable, but it's actually really, really unique and such a satisfying, emotional romance." Here's said description: "When she wakes up in the middle of the night to find a demon in her bed, she surprises them both by inviting him to stay. What starts as an arrangement of convenience soon turns into something much deeper. But loving a demon comes at a steep price. An incubus is bound in service to the Underworld, and the only way for Autumn to free him is to pay with her soul. The deeper she falls in love, the closer she comes to damnation."

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