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

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

Don’t you hate when you fall in love with a series and you can’t get through the books as fast as you want because you have to do things like work and sleep?

Well - not this week. I spent this week on a beach in Jamaica which meant that I had nothing but time to read the Hades & Persephone series uninterrupted. I started with A Touch of Darkness and jumped into A Touch of Ruin almost immediately after. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)

Before I keep going though, I first wanted to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions about the book, as well as provide you with a list of books like A Touch of Ruin to consider reading next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair

What Is A Touch of Ruin About?

A Touch of Ruin picks up after the events of A Touch of Darkness and is about what happens when Hades and Persephone’s relationship goes public. Everything seems to be trying to drive them apart. First, the head of New Athens News threatens Persephone - write an exclusive about her relationship with Hades or be fired. Then, Hades' ex-lover shows up unexpectedly. And finally, a terrible tragedy rocks Persephone’s world, and Hades seemingly refuses to help. This causes Persephone to find a solution for herself, which inadvertently causes more problems than she ever imagined.

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

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 6 hours and 24 minutes to read A Touch of Ruin.

Is A Touch of Ruin Part of a Series?

Scarlett St. Clair Hades & Persephone Series in Order

Yes - A Touch of Ruin is the second book in the Hades & Persephone series by Scarlett St. Clair. It is not meant to be read as a stand-alone; instead, the series should be read in the following order:

  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 Ruin?

Like a Touch of Darkness, A Touch of Ruin is quite spicy and steamy. The spicy chapters are chapters I, IV, X, XI, XIV, XXIII, XXIV, XXVI, and XXVIII.

What Happens to Persephone in A Touch of Ruin?

At the end of A Touch of Ruin, Persephone is drugged, abducted, and nearly raped by the demigod and son of Zeus, Pirithous. He was posing at the janitor at her work and was the one who had been sending her the secret admirer notes and roses. She uses her magic to kill him and then Hades brings him back to life so they can torture him together for “the rest of his eternal life.”

Does Hades Cheat on Persephone in A Touch of Ruin?

No - Hades does not cheat on Persephone in A Touch of Ruin, although she thinks he does. On the night of the summer solstice ball, Leuce spikes Persephone's glass of wine. This causes Persephone to be drawn to a part of the woods in the Underworld where she can see her greatest fear - Hades and Leuce making love. She believes it is real and fights Hades and Hecate until they subdue her. When they confront Leuce, they discover it was a plot orchestrated by Persephone’s mother, Demeter, to force her daughter to break up with Hades.

Does A Touch of Ruin Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - A Touch of Ruin has a happy ending! In the end, Hades asks Persephone to marry him (again) and she says yes. Persephone also quits New Athens News and starts a blog with Leuce called The Advocate. Before that though, Lexa commits suicide after being brought back from limbo. Persephone meets her soul in the underworld and they part as Lexa must heal in Elysium alone. Though this causes her to forget her life and friends from the Upperworld, Persephone visits her and they begin a new friendship.

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

If you're looking for a book like A Touch of Ruin besides the others in the Hades & Persephone series, here are my top five recommendations for similar books to check out next:

A Game of Retribution by Scarlett St. Clair

1. A Game of Retribution by Scarlett St. Clair

First and foremost, let's start off with Scarlett St. Clair's Hades Saga series. In this case, I'm going to recommend A Game of Retribution, as it's A Touch of Ruin told from Hades' perspective. From the looks of the GoodReads reviews, many readers far prefer his perspective. As the author L. L. Campbell wrote in her review, "I will forever shove this series down anyone's throat, especially Hades POV. Not enough people read his books and they need to! We get to meet new and amazing characters and see the sides of our favorite characters that we don't see with Sephy's POV. Trust me when you get to the castration, the glitter, or the topiaries, you'll understand. AND...and everything Hades has to go through?? Fucking fates...he was busy."

A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

2. A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

If you aren't bored by the Hades and Persephone story yet, then I'd suggest A Deal with the Elf King by Elisa Kova. As the name suggests, it swaps out Gods and Goddesses for elves, which I think will keep it from feeling too much like a repeat. Here's what it's about: "Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella's village to be their Human Queen. Luella thinks she has escaped that fate until one day the Elf King unexpectedly arrives for her. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save. The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another... but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted."

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

If you're a fantasy romance book lover, there's a slim chance you haven't read A Court of Mist and Fury already. On the off-chance you haven't had the pleasure to read it yet though, let me give you one more reason - it's based on the Hades and Persephone story. I can't believe I didn't see it earlier because now it's so painfully obvious that Rhys is Hades and the Night Court is the Underworld. Here's the description: "Feyre might have been granted the powers and lifespan of the High Fae, but she is still haunted by the terrible things she did Under the Mountain. She also finds herself torn between holding up her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court, and her fiance and High Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin. Now it's up to find to harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future in a world in turmoil."

Electric Idol by Katee Robert

4. Electric Idol by Katee Robert

I could easily tell you to read the first book in the Dark Olympus series by Katee Robert as it's a retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth. However, I thought I would actually recommend the second book in the series, Electric Idol, for those of you who are enjoying the Greek Mythology theme but are a bit tired of Hades and Persephone. This book is about Eros and Psyche, and here's what it's about: "Eros has no problem shedding blood. But when it comes time to take out his latest target, he can't do it. Confused by his reaction to Psyche, he does the only thing he can think of to keep her safe: he marries her. Psyche vows to make Eros's life a living hell until they find a way out of this mess. But as lines blur and loyalties shift, she realizes he might take her heart after all...and she's not sure she can survive the loss."

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

5. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

This is another recommendation for readers who love A Touch of Ruin for Greek Mythology but aren't necessarily tied to Persephone and Hades. The lesser-known but highly recommended Kingmaker Chronicles takes place in a fantasy world where Greek gods/goddesses, such as Hades, exist. Here's the description of the first book, A Promise of Fire: "Cat is content to avoid the destiny the Gods and ignore the magic humming within her blood. But then she locks eyes with an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south and her illusion of safety is shattered forever. Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker -the woman able to divine truth through lies - and he wants her for his newly conquered realm. Kidnapping her off the street is simple enough, but keeping her by his side is a challenge. Can he prove to his once-captive that he wants her by his side as his equal, his companion - and maybe someday, his Queen?"


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