The Darkest Night

Since I am usually the one who recommends books to friends and get them hooked on my favourite series, my friend Tracey decided to get her own back by introducing me to Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld Series.

I liked the premise of the Lords of the Underworld, and felt it was unique and intriguing; warriors cursed by the Greek gods to be bonded with immortal demons after they opened Pandora’s Box.  Maddox who was bonded with the demon of Violence was further cursed to die every night and be tortured in hell until dawn, as he was the one that ultimately struck Pandora down.

The Darkest Night is Maddox’s book, of the struggle between his demon and waning humanity.

The main characters of Maddox and Ashlyn worked well together, such polar opposites yet each filling a void within the other.  Ashlyn, in her isolated innocence with her paranormal abilities was particularly interesting.  They were well written, likeable and I cared what happened to both of them. I have to touch on the build up of heat between the two – it was well done, very teasing and finally extremely erotic.

The supporting cast of the other Lords was a bit of a mixture for me. I felt after so long together, the sense of brotherhood and camaraderie would have been much greater and I felt that was lacking.  I don’t know however, after only reading the first book whether this is because it is the start of their lives changing and it is something that will come or if the demons within them prevent them from truly being brothers.

The pace of the story was a little stop/start but in all honesty the plot did allow for it and when there was action, it was fast and brutal.  It suited the style of the book.

The ending had more of an emotional punch than I expected and I felt that it was particularly well written and got me right in the heart.

Similar in feel to J. R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon and while maybe not quite as engaging, still an enjoyable and exciting read.  Looking forwards to the second book which I have right here!

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Gena Showalter
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