The Darkest Night

Posted on June 12, 2008. Filed under: Paranormal | Tags: , , |

The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, Book 1) by Gena Showalter

From Gena Showalter’s website:

An immortal warrior cursed to die every night, only to awaken the next morning knowing he has to die again.  A mortal woman with a power beyond imagining…

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member – a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments. . .and ignites an irresistible passion.  But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love…

This is the first book in a great new series. There is a prequel available through eharlequin.com, but it isn’t necessary to the series. I really liked this book. Maddox is such a tortured character that I think it is impossible to not feel for him. His curse, of having to be murdered every night, is hard to comprehend. Ashlyn is a very vulnerable character. First I didn’t believe that she was truly having the feelings that she thought she was. It was so out of place for a seemingly normal girl to find her way to the castle and demand that a fearsome man take care of her. Then we learn about her own curse (the voices) and how this is something she feels that she must do to become whole. The one thing in this book that I had trouble with was the time it takes place in. The language of the warriors, who are from the ancient past, kept taking me back in time. Every time something modern (like Tylenol) was written about it kind of shocked me into remembering that the story takes place in the present. In my opinion this is a great new series. I already have book #2, The Darkest Kiss, and can’t wait to get #3 in July.

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Oooh, I can’t read The Darkest Night – love the cover and it sounds sooo good!


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