Set in a world where gods rule, demons are feared, and humans seek only to survive, the Children of Khaos Universe includes series within series of several standalone and interconnected stories based on the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan mythologies that follows the lives of the gods, the demons, and the hapless humans that get in their way.
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Children of Khaos Universe Story Notes
This section is designed to serve as a rudimentary guide to the Children of Khaos Universe by giving you background information and behind the scenes look into the creation of the series. Please note: The story guide may include spoilers for the series, but only minor ones, and only through to the latest release. I will update this guide as I have the time.
Currently, it is updated to: My Lord Hades
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About the Children of Khaos Universe
- About the Children of Khaos Series
- Creating the Children of Khaos Universe
- Yes, I Changed Greek Mythology to Write the Children of Khaos Series
- FAQs about the Children of Khaos Series
FAQs About the Children of Khaos Series
Some of the answers below may contain spoilers to the books and series.
Q: Will there be more Children of Khaos books? Yes. Many are still in the planning stages.
Q: Does the Children of Khaos have a reading order? The story timelines in the Children of Khaos Series overlap on many occasions, and while the events don’t build on one another, they may share some of the same events from a different point of view. In other words, while they can be read in any order, you may find a chronological reading list here.
Q: Why did you change some of the mythology the Children of Khaos Series is based on? Well, the simple answer is every god and goddess is related and I have no desire to write an incestuous romance. Enough said.
Q: What is a Phlegethon demon? Where does the name come from? Phlegethon demons are the children of gods and demons that are ruled by their passions (love, anger, etc.). Their power can consume non-Phlegethons. Hence the unfortunate incident with Menthe and why Hades feared hurting Persephone in the story. It’s also why Hades was looking for his equal in power or another Phlegethon.
The name Phlegethon comes from one of the rivers in the Underworld meaning “fiery.” I took the name and added demon to the end and made my own demon.
Q: Why isn’t Hades upset at Persephone for being in her prison for all this time? I made a brief mention of this, but more from Persephone’s point-of-view in My Lord Hades. When I redid the book and made it into the Rebellion: Children of Khaos Series, I went into greater detail. But to answer the question, the reason Hades wasn’t pissed at her for keeping him in his prison is because even though she was Queen of the Underworld, her control stopped at the mortal shades. She has no control over the gods’ or demons that were imprisoned in Tartarus by Coronus.
Q: What of Hades’ mythological lovers? And why did you change it? Besides his many fans, later Greek mythology gives Hades two lovers: Menthe and Leuce. Since I write romance without cheating spouses, I changed their mythology. In My Lord Hades, Leuce became Hades’ half-sister by their father Horkus, and Menthe was the woman Hades loved and almost killed with a kiss. In The Rebellion Trilogy, I made Menthe was his wife that he almost killed when he came into his power and Leuce was their daughter. This worked better with the story.
I tried to explain the whole divergence from mythology by having the Olympians confusing the stories of Leuce and Menthe. Since it all happened hundreds of years before they were born and they weren’t really concerned with accuracy, but wanting a really good reason to hate him, the mythology of Leuce and Menthe worked.
Q: Aphrodite cheated on her husband and slept around in the myths, how can you make her the heroine of a book when you don’t like cheating heroes/heroines? Her cheating was one of the things I had a hard time with in the mythologies and I prefer the older mythologies that painted Aphrodite as a kind goddess of erotic and sexual love who had many lovers but settled with the smith who made her beautiful things whenever she desired. Since Aphrodite having other partners whom she’s not committed to who are aware that she takes others to her bed is big part of her later mythology, I decided not to change this too much. However, I wanted Aphrodite to care about Hephaestus so once she is given to Hephaestus as his bride in The Concubine’s Price, Aphrodite doesn’t seeking out other lovers and she doesn’t cheat on Hephaestus, although she does go out of her way to flirt with other men to catch Hephaestus’ attention.
Q: Why didn’t Aphrodite end up with Ares in Loving the Goddess of Love? Because I have other plans for Ares. 😀
Who’s who in the Children of Khaos
The Protogenoi: The Protogenoi are primeval immortal beings whose emergence into creation formed the very fabric of the Universe. They are the first-born children of Khaos (the Primordial Nothingness) and for the most part are purely elemental beings that have the ability to appear in the form of a man or woman.
- Tartarus, God of the Underworld: Often considered the great stormy pit which lay beneath the roots of the earth, the worst creatures are imprisoned in the depths of his prison.
- Eros, God of Love and Procreation: Eros, the Life-Bringer, fell in love with Dione and conceived a child he wouldn’t know existed until centuries after her birth. Lord of the cupids, his people spread love and sex wherever they go.
- Eris, Goddess of Discord and Strife: Eris has always loved a good fight and seeks it out whenever she can, it really doesn’t matter who sides she’s on because that is usually her own. Her pet project of late seems to be the Iron Queen Persephone and her son Hades.
- Thanatos, Spirit of Death: The Death Daemon Thanatos is one of the most frightening gods in the world. He’s old, powerful, has the ability to rip a soul from it’s host, and not surprisingly he doesn’t have a lot of friends. Most people are uneasy around him despite his teasing, youthful manner.
The Titans: The six sons of Ouranus (Oceanus, Coeus, Crius, Iapetus, Hyperion and Coronus) overthrew their father Ouranus. They were in turn overthrown by Zeus at the end of a ten-year war and cast into Tartarus (except for Oceanus who remained neutral in the conflict). Some of their sons and grandsons were also called Titans.
The Olympians: Children of the Titans, the Olympians rose up against Coronus’ oppression and defeated the Titans, gaining the right over their own destinies.
- Zeus, King of the Olympians and God of the Sky: Zeus is the youngest son of Rhea and Coronus, and raised by nymphs to protect him from his father who imprisoned his siblings. He freed his siblings and lead of the Olympian army against Titans.
- Hera, Goddess of Marriage and Queen of Heaven: Hera is believed to be the youngest daughter of Rhea and Coronus, but the truth is far different then the myth. Hera was raised by Rhea to be the wife of her son Zeus and strong enough to rule the other gods at Zeus’ side. Queen of the gods and the goddess of marriage and family, Hera watches as her betroth constantly spurns her for other women.
- Demeter, Goddess of Fertility, Agriculture, Nature, and the Seasons: Demeter is the middle daughter of Rhea and Coronus, and mother of Persephone and Kora. When her daughter, Persephone, is kidnapped, the world is thrown into chaos and perpetual winter as she seeks her daughter, only to find that Hades has taken her.
- Hestia, Goddess of Hearth and Family: Hestia is the oldest daughter of Rhea and Coronus, and a virgin goddess who helped Demeter raise her twins. She sought out the aid of Rhea in returning Persephone’s magic and memories.
- Poseidon, God of the Sea and Earthquakes: Brother of Zeus, Poseidon is in love with one woman and betrothed to another. Poseidon finds taking the advice of the goddess of love is far harder to do when faced with the lovely Medusa.
- Hephaestus, God of Fire and the Smith: Hephaestus is the outcast son of Hera and Zeus, raised by Thetis on the island of Lemnos, master blacksmith and craftsman of the god, and god of fire and the forge. He was captured during the War and tortured in Tartarus until he was freed by his lover. He’s been looking for the woman that saved him ever since. When he is ordered by Zeus to marry to Aphrodite, he’s not so sure that a life with Aphrodite is possible, after all she’s in love with his brother Ares.
- Apollo, God of Light, Knowledge, Music, Poetry, and Prophecy: Apollo is the youngest child of Zeus and Leto, the twin brother of Artemis. He sought the hand of Persephone and was turned away.
- Ares, God of War, Violence, and Bloodshed: Son of Zeus and Hera, Ares loves the game of domination and war. Swearing his revenge on all who have wronged him, he is unprepared for the one woman who can tame him. A woman who wields the strongest weapon, one he is helpless to deflect.
- Hermes, Messenger of the Gods: Son of the nymph Maia and Zeus, Hermes is one of the youngest Olympians whose, barely older than Dionysus, Hermes is the god of commerce and thieves and messenger of the gods. Hermes thinks himself in love with Persephone.
The Nymphs: Minor goddess of nature, the Nymphs are considered weaker than the gods and closer to daemons, but they are more powerful then the gods realize. Controlling natural phenomena in their domain, they could rule the world if they were so inclined, however, they would rather party with the gods then rule them.
The Humans: Unbeknownst to the humans, they were created from clay by a child-goddess and given life. Coronus found the humans to be interesting and claimed them, giving their keeping to Prometheus. When the first one died, Coronus forced Rhea to accept their bodies as punishment for her defiance. Their souls were left to wander the Earth until a young goddess sought them out and made a home for the shades in the Underworld, creating a place for the good to rest and the evil to be punished.
The World of the Children of Khaos
Mount Olympus: Shrouded from mortals eyes by magic, Mount Olympus exists in a different time and space from the mortal world. Resting on top of a mountain in Greece, the palace is a white and gold monstrosity filled with the mortal/immortal gods known as the Olympians. It is not shaken by winds nor ever wet with rain, nor does snow fall upon it, but the air is outspread clear and cloudless, and over it hovers a radiant whiteness. It houses all the gods, their allies, and has room to spare for the odd mortal that does finds their way into the home of Zeus and the Olympians.
- Granted to Hephaestus by his father, Lord Zeus, Hephaestus’s Workshop can be found in the unused corridors of Mount Olympus. Hephaestus is only allowed at Olympus to work in his workshop, otherwise, he is banned from the home of the Gods.
- Shared by the other goddesses of Mount Olympus, Demeter’s Courtyard Garden can be found in the center of several suites used by the goddesses of Mount Olympus.
Demeter’s Valley: Hidden from the minds of mortals and immortals alike, only those who know the way are able to find the home of Demeter. Kept in a state of eternal Spring by Demeter’s magic, the simple villa and small garden that rests at the top of a hill, provides everything Demeter requires.
At the base of the hill is a meadow and the forest, with an inlet ocean beach where the sea nymphs reside. It is the perfect place for Demeter to protect her greatest treasure from the eyes of Coronus and the lustful Olympians.
The Underworld: Usually considered dark and dismal, the Underworld is a place fashioned by the magic of the daemon-goddess Persephone to contain the shades of the dead which she created, as well as a prison for the worst monsters and offenders of the human and immortal races. It is divided into sections.
- The Elysian Fields were created by Persephone to be a resting place for those chosen by the gods, the righteous, the heroic, and the virtuous dead, where they would remain after death, to live a blessed and happy life, and indulging in whatever employment they had enjoyed in life. It is a land of eternal summer and spring, but everything that grows there is made from subtle, precious gems. Hades gave dominion over the Elysian Fields to Rhadamanthys.
- Asphodel Fields is a field of mist where the souls who await judgement cannot escape.
- The great dungeon of Tartarus is home of damned souls and the prison of monsters the Titans deemed grotesques enough to be hidden away. It is a place of torture and torment. Once overseen by Coronus, the King of the Gods, who is now a resident of Tartarus with the other gods and daemons who defied the Olympians.
- The five Rivers of the Underworld are Styx (the river of hate), Lethe (the river of forgetfulness), Acheron (the river of sorrow and pain) where Charon ferries the souls of the dead across, Kokytos (the river of lamentation), and Phlegethon (the river of fire) for which the Phlegethon daemon is named, which forms the boundary between upper and lower worlds.
- Created by Hades, The Palace is a fortress of white stone and resides at the center of the Underworld. It stands as a symbol of the King and Queen, allowing them to survey their kingdom and to draw the enemy to them.
- Persephone’s Garden is outside the Palace walls and was created by Hades for Persephone to make the Underworld more like her home above. The plants are all made of gems.
- Thanatos’ Villa is a small estate at the far edges and a retreat for the Death God.