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review 2017-09-09 13:05
The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld) - Gena Showalter

Showalter's Lords of the Underworld hasn't lost its appeal, even at book 12. You would think that it would get tiring or tedious but every book is fresh in the long term plot of the series. The war between Lucifer and Hades is building, and William and Gilly's whole relationship-nonrelationship came to a head in this one. I really hope Gilly didn't screw up everything, though I truly can't see how she and William will get together with what she did in this one. (Sorry, no spoilers, you've got to read). Pandora's role is changing. Galen, who was the villain for some time, is now looking like a straight up good guy. Baden definitely deserved a happy ending after all of the hell he suffered so I was so happy to witness his redemption and release from the guilt and demons that were plaguing him for so long. Katarina was a strong female character with her own dynamic personality and she certainly didn't take any crap. Their story was entertaining and enjoyable from beginning to end.  I'm looking forward to Cameo's story with Lazarus next and I really hope William and Gilly get their book soon. 

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review 2017-05-21 16:43
Excellent Series
Lords of the Underworld Bundle - Gena Showalter

This is a sampler of author Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series.

I read the first few books in this series years ago when they first were released. Even after reading hundreds of books since then, I can remember how much I loved the series. This sampler makes me want to start reading them all over again. They grabbed me right from the beginning. I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-04-30 00:00
Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Sampler: The Darkest NightThe Darkest KissThe Darkest PleasureThe Darkest WhisperThe Darkest PassionThe Darkest Lie
Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Sam... Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Sampler: The Darkest NightThe Darkest KissThe Darkest PleasureThe Darkest WhisperThe Darkest PassionThe Darkest Lie - Gena Showalter Book: Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Sampler
Author: Gena Showalter
Publication Date: 4/1/2017
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars


REVIEW
I have read all but 2 of the books thus far in this fantastic series. However, when I read most, it was before I knew about leaving a review.
Today I am leaving a review for the following that were in a free bundle sampler. I can not say enough how much I enjoy these Lords of the Underworld.
The author weaves stories that hold you captive. We get paranormal mixed with mythology, and it's just fantastic. If you haven't read any of these books
start with the sampler. Beware the stories will pull you in and then you're captured, and you will want much more. Each Lord has their own book. However, we get others in each book, so it's like all the
lords in one explosive story.

The Darkest Night -
Maddox is the keeper of Violence and when Ashlyn appears on their land it's all this man/demon can do not to tear the entire place including his brethren to shreds.
Ashlyn has a power all of her own, and it will help these two souls find peace.

The Darkest Kiss -
Lucien is the keeper of Death, and the Gods have seen fit to gift him the mate who typically would be anyone's worst nightmare. Anya is the Goddess of Anarchy, and she is a hoot, to be honest. I just fell in love with her.
She is the light to his dark. It just works.

The Darkest Pleasure -
This is Reye' story, and he is the keeper of Pain. My heart went out to this Lord and when he meets his Mate things become chaotic, to say the least. Danika has a unique gift, and these two must do all they can to keep her family safe from one of their own. Very intense story.

The Darkest Whisper -
Sabin is the keeper of Doubt. Gwen bless her heart is a meek and mild female who has demons of her own. When these two meet passion explodes, and this fiery red head comes out of her shell.

The Darkest Passion -
We get Aerons story in this one and what a story it is. Up until now, you will have figured out he is the most hated although it's not of his own doing. Aeron is the keeper of Wrath. Well, the heavens send in one of their own to stop this demon Olivia. However, things don't turn out that way, and she will lose her halo.

The Darkest Lie -
Poor Gideon. This story gives you lies and nightmares literally. Will Gideon's demon allow him to love Scarlett though?

This book is free on Amazon.
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review 2016-07-27 19:02
Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter
The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld) - Gena Showalter

The Lords of the Underworld are among my top ten favorites series of all time. I love the world that came from Showalter's amazing mind. She keeps my attention, and makes me hate the between books times.

 

This one is possibly my least favorite book. I feel the characters were not as developed as in the other books. This lacked the WOW factor for me. I want to read about swords, harpies, demons, angels... This was not what I expected. The writing seem subpar to what I have grown accustomed to from the previous books. Almost to the point where I wonder, ghostwriter? Hopefully the next will be better,

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review 2016-07-25 16:41
Review: The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter
The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld) - Gena Showalter

Long, long ago, Baden was once a Lord of the Underworld and keeper of the demon, Distrust. But when he was betrayed and beheaded, the demon inside was set free and he died, destined to spend eternity in a special Purgatory. Eventually, Hades found him and gave him a way to leave, recruiting him for his war against Lucifer; however Baden didn't understand the true price of his freedom.

 

The book opens with Baden residing in Budapest with his fellow Lords. He is angry and prone to violence and doesn't like to be touched. He has a new, more powerful demon, named Destruction, and in order to rid himself of Hades, Baden must complete a number of tasks for him, including retrieving a coin from drug lord Aleksander Ciernik.

 

Katarina Joelle was forced to marry Aleksander Ciernik, the evil man who has Hades' coin. He is brutal and plans to bend Katarina until she breaks. He killed her childhood sweetheart, hooked her brother on drugs, and has threaten to kill all of Katarina's beloved dogs. Not knowing the situation, Baden kidnaps Katarina, hoping to force Alek to turn over the coin.

 

To be honest, I started The Darkest Torment, unsure if I wanted to continue with this series. I went back and read my notes from the previous books and remembered how confused I was and how I felt things were growing overly complex and the mythology was meandering a bit too much for my liking. However, once I started the book, I was pleased with the overall direction and tone. Baden's struggles with his inner demon and the romance between Baden and Katarina shared many of the qualities that first drew me to The Lords of the Underworld series. There was humor and passion, with gripping storylines. Additionally, the author does a great job recalling previous important facts and storylines, keeping readers in the loop.

 

Overall, I enjoyed Baden's inner battle with his demons (both literal and figurative). Katarina is a great fit for Baden (and visa versa), and I found her transformation from victim to heroine entertaining. Their story tied strongly to a larger story arc involving Hades, and although I didn't quite recall or understand how this particular story began, it didn't really matter as I read it.

 

Additionally, there are two side stories setting up future books: William and Gillian's potential romance, as well as Cameo's search for Lazarus. I understand the need to set up these stories now, and I didn't mind the inclusion in The Darkest Torment. However, I wasn't happy with Gillian's storyline. I felt that it's too "been there done that," as William struggles with his emotions and Gillian grasps at straws to save herself, creating even bigger problems. *eyeroll* Cameo's story fits with previous books, and I look forward to finding out more.

 

I was really into The Darkest Torment for most of the book, but at 448 pages, the book is too long, and I started to lose interest. I felt the ending came a bit too easy, but was happy with the direction. I didn't much enjoy the Gillian/William storyline, and hope it doesn't stagnate for long. Additionally, there is an updated Insider's Guide at the end of the book. Although a guide was previously released, this one has new material and is much updated. It includes The Darkest Day, a short bridging The Darkest Touch to Baden's book.

 

My Rating:  B- Liked It, but I had a few small issues

Review copy provided by publisher

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