- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 1 hour and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.
- Audible.com Release Date: July 1, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001DNNAQE
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The Darkest Fire: Lords of the Underworld Prequel Audible – Unabridged
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"He is the guardian of hell, more monster than man. She is the goddess of oppression, more angel than woman." Yep, that just about sums it up. While I liked this story, and the character had some emotional depth, I would have enjoyed the story if there was more to it. More time to advance the relationship, develop the world etc.
As it was it felt too fast for the type of love it would take to overcome the guardian's physical differences. Yes, I'm all about equality and true love between people no matter what form it takes. (The beast's physical form isn't exactly human) I think most of the issues I had with this story might have fixed themselves if the story had actually been a novel length work. I would have liked to see the goddess Kadence with a little more back bone--her power is oppression and she's supposed to be the warden of hell. Ms. Showalter explains why Kadence is the way she is, but still....more would have been good.
I'm a tad sad at the bittersweet ending. But it was needed, if I understand that this is a prequel to the Lords of the Underworld series, and there needs to be a pandora's box to get the Lord into trouble in the first place.
Overall, I liked this story. I was emotional attached to the beast and Kandence. I've read other stuff by this author before and will probably read more in the future. (I'm just a tad tire of all the vampire stuff--bring on the other mythological beasties!) It wasn't as good as Goddess of the Rose (Goddess Summoning, Book 4) or Stone's Kiss (The Avatars) but I still enjoyed this little story.
This does NOT need to be read in any order and stands on its own quite nicely. This is something of the set up for the rest of the books. In fact, you will probably enjoy it more if you already HAVE read some of the other books.
The writing is thick with imagery and sensuality- as is Ms. Showalter's trademark. Don't look for depth- just desperation and passion. It is more of an experience than a story. It wraps around you like a smooth glass of port.
In case you are not familiar with the series, you should know that this novella is actually a bit of a departure from the style of the rest of the books. This is one of my favorite series- hot, sensual, dark & dangerous. This story is more of an aside, like a fable within the Lords of the Underworld universe.