Plot Type: Soul Mate Romance (SMR)
Ratings: Violence—4, Sensuality—4, Humor—3
"The Darkest Fire" in Into the Dark (prequel, 2010)
The Darkest Night (2008)
The Darkest Craving (7/2013)
NOVEL 12: The Darkest Torment
|LOU Butterfly Tattoo|
Here is Kaia, the Harpy, thinking about Strider as she summarizes the Lord's sad story: "Strider....was an immortal warrior who'd long ago stolen and opened Pandora's box to 'teach those ass-hole gods a lesson' for daring to pick a 'mere woman' to guard such a 'dumb relic,' and because of his rampant senselessness, he and the friends who'd helped him—the infamous and deliciously frightening...Lords of the Underworld—had been cursed, forever forced to carry the demons they'd set free inside themselves. Strider...was possessed by the demon of Defeat. He couldn't lose a single challenge without suffering debilitating pain." (The Darkest Surrender, pp. 24-25)
Aeron - Demon: Wrath
Here is a list of the couples who fall in love in each book:
> The Darkest Night: Maddox (Violence) & Ashlyn (mortal)
> The Darkest Whisper: Sabin (Doubt) & Gwendolyn the Timid
> The Darkest Lie: Gideon (Lies) & Scarlet (demon-possessed human, keeper of Nightmares)
> The Darkest Seduction: Paris (Promiscuity) & Sienna (dead demon hunter resurrected as an angel)
> The Darkest Craving: Kane (formerly Disaster) & Josephina ("Tinker Bell") Aisling (half Fae/half human)
> The Darkest Touch: Torin (Disease) & Keeleycael (The Red Queen)
> The Darkest Touch: Baden (formerly Distrust) & Katarina Joelle (human—but not for long)
Still to come: Cameo (Misery); Galen (Jealousy and False Hope); William (Immortal Warrior and father of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse); Pandora (the Immortal Warrior who started the whole thing with her locked box—the dimOuniak)
My reviews of the LOU novels begin with novel 7 because I read all of the earlier novels well before I began this blog.
NOVEL 7: The Darkest Secret
At the beginning of the seventh book, you might think that Strider (keeper of Defeat) has found his soul mate, but...not so fast. Don't jump to a speedy conclusion, because you'll be wrong. Instead, this book tells Amun's story. Amun's demon is Secrets, and his curse is to read the minds of humans (alive and dead) and know all of their deepest, darkest thoughts. In order to keep those demonic secrets from getting out into the general population, Amun does not speak. Instead, he signs his words with his hands. In the previous book, Amun went to Hell to assist in a rescue, and there he absorbed the horrible secrets of thousands of demonic spirits.
NOVEL 8: The Darkest Surrender
Secondary plot threads involve Paris's quest to rescue Sienna from Cronus and William's revenge on Gilly's parents. Another story line follows Kane as he is summoned to appear in front of the Fates, where he receives some terrible news about his, and the world's, future. Since Kane's demon is Disaster, this can't be good. When Kane drops in on William, they are both captured by a group that appears to be Hunters...but are they? The excessive interweaving of subplots (in essence, the introductory plots to later books) lengthens the book and interrupts the main story line, which can be annoying at times. Otherwise, however, this is a typical LORDS book, with strong characters overcoming terrible romantic odds. Most books include a glossary of characters and terms.
If the word "seduction" is in a LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD title, it has to feature Paris, with his demon of promiscuity. In Showalter's introduction, she admits that she has tortured Paris enough in the previous books. In her recapitulation of his life so far, Showalter explains that since the Lords were first introduced, Paris has:
1. Lost the only woman he was able to bed more than once;
The plot follows Paris as he and Zacharel travel to the castle accompanied by William the Dark, who has some Hellish connections that are not entirely clear to the Lords (or to the reader) at this point. Secondary story lines include Kane, who is still trying to escape from Hell (where he landed in the previous book); Galen, whose demons are hope and jealousy and who is the leader of the Hunters; and Cronus, who is supposedly the ruler of the Lords but mostly spends his time scheming for more and more power. Cronus has captured Sienna and addicted her to ambrosia so that he can use her against Galen, who is pledged to support Cronus' estranged wife, Rhea. (I advise against reading this book as a standalone because so much of the plot reaches back to previous books.)
Eventually, of course, there is a huge, climactic battle in which Cronus gets his comeuppance and Paris and Sienna get their HEA. The long-awaited love story is quite satisfying, with plenty of anguished interior monologues (maybe a few too many) and lots of emotional and physical suffering—just to make the happy ending worthwhile.
NOVEL 10: The Darkest Craving