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  • ASIN: B003NWPQ6A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,135,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of over fifty "unputdownable" romance novels. She writes for both adults and young adults and her series include the Lords of the Underworld, the White Rabbit Chronicles, the Angels of the Dark, the Original Heartbreakers, the Otherworld Assassins, and several others. In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.

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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Tracy VINE VOICE on July 14, 2010
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I've been a monster fan of Showalter's LotU series since first spending time with Maddox, but I have to admit, after book six, I'm a little befuddled. In The Darkest Lie we see the development of the relationship between Gideon, keeper of Lies, and Scarlet, keeper of Nightmares, plot threads with Galen (Hope), head of the Hunters, and Mnemosyne, Rhea's sister and Cronus' sister-in-law, not to mention the threads with other Lords, Strider (Defeat) in particular, but also a quest with Amun (Secrets), Aeron (formerly Wrath) and William (not a Lord, but still). I gotta be honest, as much as I totally love the series and commend Showalter on her imagination and originality, I felt there were way too many balls up in the air in The Darkest Lie, to the detriment of the development of Gideon and Scarlet as individual characters and together in their relationship, and this is the first book of the series that, as a whole, didn't quite knock it out of the park for me.

Believe me, I'm hesitant in saying that, because honestly, I liked the book, and there were parts that I enjoyed much better than in the two previous books (the ending in particular). I love Gideon - always have - and I enjoyed Scarlet's character very much (other than having a slight issue with the repetition of her inner dialogue in relation to Gideon). Showalter did an excellent job on her personality and the originality of her demon, though man, Showalter is tough on character backstory! The torment Scarlet has lived with through thousands of years would have demonized a lesser immortal, that's for sure. Still, she is fiery, contradictory, tenacious, stubborn, and strong willed, and I felt she was the perfect match for Gideon, who has always been one of my favorite Lords.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 19, 2010
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No plot summaries or spoilers. This is BOOK 5 or story # 8 in Ms. Showalter's "Lords of the Underworld Series," which begins with The Darkest Night (Hqn). Reading order can be difficult to pin down so I'll include that at the end of this review.

I recommend that this book be read in order, meaning AFTER both The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld)and the short story "The Darkest Angel" which is included in a couple of compilations, including Heart of Darkness: The Darkest Angel\Love Me to Death\Lady of the Nile OR Dark Beginnings: WITH The Darkest Fire AND The Darkest Prison AND The Darkest Angel (MIRA)

While most of the books and stories in this series can be read out of order, I found that this one was heavily dependent on a character or three that were introduced in the two stories that came just before it.

HIGH LEVEL ON THIS SERIES: Fantastic darker paranormal romance. This isn't the darkest series, but it has a darker atmosphere and includes elements of both heaven and hell. Mythology is compelling and includes references to both modern Christianity and ancient Greek gods.

This book itself was very good- as usual it was heart rending and nail biting. I found the conclusion to be more forced than earlier books, however.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Krista Lyn VINE VOICE on August 19, 2010
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Oh Boy.......where in the world is this series going?

As a lover of paranormal romance, I long for the day when a series can stick to a common vision/goal/path. I feel like the norm now-a-days is for a series to start out great and then loose steam as the author begins to try to add plot lines, new characters, new conflict, until the reader is left saying "Hey, what's going on here?" That is the point that I feel I'm fast approaching with this series.

I loved this couple. They have a past and those are my favorite kind of love stories, but they got a severe shaft in page count in this book. There is so much going on in this "world" that I think the romance and couple developing is beginning to take a huge back seat. I'm all for plot, but please don't mess with my romance.

Another problem with this book that I feared would be a problem was Gideon himself. Being the keeper of Lies, it became annoying (as it has been in the past) to constantly have to reverse everything he says to understand what he means......"you are so ugly" means "you are so pretty"....blah blah blah. It became all to annoying and without the couple development that I long for...ultimately unsatisfying.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Supernatural Snark on July 17, 2010
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Gideon and Scarlet have a history together. They don't simply meet by happenstance and fall instantly into lust and decide to try and make a relationship work. In all the previous novels, the women have been strangers to the Lords, and I like that in Gideon's case there is much more present in their interactions than simple physical attraction.

Gideon himself is hard not to adore. He so badly wants to just once tell a woman she's pretty instead of ugly, call her "angel" instead of "devil", and scream at his enemies that he wants to kill them instead of kiss them. The Gideon Speak does take a little getting used to however. Trying to decipher what he's saying slows the plot down a little, and every once in a while you can't help but take what he's saying at face value and are left slightly confused.

Scarlet I find to be a little frustrating. I genuinely feel for her as her past is revealed, and empathize with her plight to find Gideon after they were separated when the Lords were kicked from the heavens, but her constant inability to commit to a decision lessens my opinion of her. She's extremely naive with regards to her feelings, and though Gideon has given her no reason to doubt otherwise, she refuses to believe he truly cares for her and therefore constantly pushes him away thinking his life will be better without her in it.

Because she continually recants on this decision and comes back to him, poor Gideon is forced to deal with the repercussions of having his feelings taken from one extreme to the other. She loves him and is going to stay, then she can't possibly stay because she's hurt him enough already, then she can't imagine her life without him, then she fears her staying will result in godly wrath so she must go.
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