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The Darkest Night - Gena Showalter

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Gena Showalter / Edition: Library ed / Paperback / 384 Pages / Book is published 2009-09-18 by Mira Books / Alternative title: Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Night

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      08.03.2011 11:43

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      A book for someone who likes a bit of dark romance in their book.

      This is the first book in the series of the Lord of the Underworld. If you like to read a book that is light and romantic at the same time then this is probably a good book for you. The author has wrote the story very well and there is a lot of action rather than just romance. It's levelled out pretty good. It's very modern and easy to read.

      This first books tells you about Maddox who is the keeper of Violence and how he falls in love with a young women who hears voices of the past. The demons are curious to whether she is bait to distract them or not and as the story goes on you gradually find out what they all agree on.
      The books shows the relationship between Maddox and Ashlyn, you read that she was a virgin and Maddox finds out that he is able to keep Violence at bay when he sleeps with her. This is when you find out that Maddox actually loves her because of it and Ashlyn falls for him because i'm not quite sure, maybe because he was her first or maybe because of his personality? It didn't really explain why she fell for him.

      Other than that it tells you about all the hassle they have during the time that Maddox and Ashlyn are together. What the other demons think of them to starting a relationship together and what happens when they don't agree. The book also gives you hints about the next book to come as well.

      Overall I thought it was a good book, I've read most of the series now and i'll recommend it to someone who likes a bit of Dark Romance in their book.

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      26.10.2010 23:33
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      A good try but again I didn't know if she was serious or if this was meant to be funny!?

      This is the first book in a series called Lords of the Underworld which focuses around the tumultuous lives of a group of immortal Lords possessed by the evils of the world; violence, death, desease, wrath and pain. The first book follows Maddox, keeper of violence who falls in love with a young woman who hears voices from the past. The second guesses are around whether Ashlyn has been sent as bait to kill the Lords or not.

      I wont ruin the plot but I will give you a taste of the sort of things you'll find within the book so that you can make up your own deision.

      The writing is very modern in style and something that you might find in a summer holiday read. Its to the point and contains little to no description but it means that you dont have to traul through the prose to find some action.

      The book tags onto the now very popular genre of dark romance but I use the term romance very lightly. This book is to do with the two characters sex lives which Showalter divulges to us in infinite detail from page 100 up until the end of the book. We are told explicit facts such as one Ashlyn is a virgin and two in her spare time used to buy sex costumes and reads pornographic materials to get her off. Maddox simply violently 'plows' women due to his violent nature. Of course when the two get together Ashlyn is the first to be able to with hold his violent sex and this makes Maddox love her and she loves him because I guess he was the first to sleep with her. I didnt particularly like the two charaters because I couldn't really understand their intentions.

      The other characters weren't fleshed out enough and the glut of characters that show up at the same time made me struggle at times to remember who they were. The only character funnily enough to catch my interest was the one that was mentioned the least - Torin, keeper of desease who can never touch anyone with his bare hands as he would pass on desease to them. He rarely speaks foring Showalter to describe his actions making him more three dimensional. Oh well perhaps he will be talked about in later books.

      The plot also seems to be loosely geared towards marketing her next book. As if she almost remembered she had to write another book after this one she throws in a jive talking Goddess who immediately hits on one of the other Gods. I already know that he is the next one who manages to get laid with someone who an cope with his demon so why read the next book?

      All in all I CAN see it appealing to some people who enjoy these types of books and would suggest that only 16 and over read it as it is quite graphic. The plot can be fun at times but it is easy to tell what will happen and that there will be a happy ending for most characters involved. At times I was laughing at the dialogue not knowing if it was meant to be funny or not but it kept me entertained so I give her points for that.

      Buy the book if you want to start to read a collection, if not give it a miss!

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      21.09.2010 20:19
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      A good fun book for supernatural romance fans

      This is the first novel in Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series.
      If you like a bit of romance with a supernatural fantasy twist it's definately worth a read.
      The writing style is light and easy going so it makes an easy and fun.
      The Lords of the Underworld series starts with a group of men in Budapest. Each of these men is an immortal warrior; once guards of the Greek gods they became jealous of a female warrior, who was given into her posession a box made from the bones of the goddess of Opression carrying the escaped Lords of Hell. The warrior was called Pandora.
      For the crime of defying the gods and freeing the Lords each warrior is now Host to one of these demons and can no longer live without them. Each man has a butterfly tattoo on his body symbolising this union.
      The five men in the Budapest castle are Maddox keeper of Anger, Lucien the keeper of Death and leader of the Lords, Torin the Keeper of Disease, Aeron keeper of Wrath and Reyes keeper of Pain.
      Maddox is the Lord focused on this first novel and a human woman Ashlyn Darrow who when she stands on a spot hears every conversation that has occured before.
      As a whole i think if you like the genre this is a good read, it's not overly obsessed with the sexy moments, though i do find some of the set up for the next novels a bit forced (ie they kidnap a group of women from Buda because the Titans who have overthrown the Greek Gods order Aeron to kill these women and Reyes becomes enamoured of Danika one of the four)
      There's also the extra element of Maddox being killed every night by Reyes and escorted to hell by Lucien till the morning for his crime of killing Pandora when first possesed by his demon.
      Alot of information is poured at you as well as trying to get a grip on all of what is going on and the war with the Hunters who blame the Lords for all the worlds problems ie teen pregnancy, drowt, diseases etc so it can get a bit much; especially when the author introduces a split off group of more Lords from Greece
      Overall i'd suggest that if you want to start a whole new series then it's worth a read but for a one off story beware you may get sucked into the next book wanting to know more about some of the characters that get introduced.

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      Book Series: Lords of the Underworld