Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter

Title:  The Darkest Kiss
Series:  Lords of the Underworld #2
Author:  Gena Showalter
Published:  June 1/08 by HQN Books
Length:  368pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

She has tempted many men...but never found her equal. Until now.

Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of Anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death--a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.

But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining...

My Review:

Mythology, demonology, and sheer paranormal fantasy all combine here for a very enjoyable whole. The world in which she sets her tale is well developed and very easy to picture. The plot itself was simultaneously straightforward and complex. As a reader I could guess the general gist of how the story would progress but yet I hadn’t unravelled it all until a few pages before the end.

The intricately crafted characters that Showalter introduces to her readers are a pleasure to get to know. Lucian and Anya make a striking pair. The battles of wits and wills throughout the novel were quite entertaining. I love the way that Lucien speaks, as if even through his antiquated speech patterns he’s pushing people away. The hunters also had me intrigued. In general they are a mass of stereotypical fanatics, but every once in a while someone says or does something that really makes you question the mob mentality that they seem to hold.

As a whole this was an intriguing read. It was a great addition to the series and a unique read for those who enjoy the genre.

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