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The Darkest King: William's Story (Lords of the Underworld, 15) Mass Market Paperback – November 10, 2020
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About the Author
- Publisher : HQN; First Time Paperback edition (November 10, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1335400001
- ISBN-13 : 978-1335400000
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.72 x 1.17 x 6.92 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #243,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And that leaves me with a 4 star rating. I didn't love it but it was still a good book. There are other books in the series I absolutely love (Strider! Torin!), but this isn't one of them. To me, reading this was a necessary evil to wrap up William's character arch but I was never emotionally invested in him beforehand. I'm much more excited for Hades to have a book. I hope she runs him through a mean gauntlet.
All things being equal, 2 things bothered me in this book. One, we didn't get the secondary character/plot chapters like we have in nearly every other book. I'm sure some people hate them and didn't miss it but for me that's what gets me excited for the next book. Two, for how much I paid for this ebook I dang well expected to see the same quality of editing and proofing as a paperback. Sorely lacking! The first typo I can understand; it happens. But then there was another. And then another. And another. Missing words garbled some sentences but the final sour icing on the cake was a sentence that basically said "he carved her" rather then "he CRAVED her". Yep, and I paid $11.99 for that little gem of a sentence.
Oh, and the Demon of Lust reference above? At first I was uber bothered by William's over the top in lust for Sunny; it just seemed like too much. But then I thought about it and it makes sense for William's character. He has always been a creature of lust and carnal passion since the first time he was introduced. So while it was a little weird being in his head and hearing his thoughts about Sunny and smex over and over again, really, it fit with what we had been led to expect from him as a character.
So 4-ish stars. Check this one off your list, move on and look forward to the next one!
I also feel like I should include that I did NOT read Gillian’s story. I get that it’s an author’s prerogative to do what they will with their storylines and characters. However, as a fan I felt that I had been lead on and betrayed, and I wasn’t cool with it. I also felt that - in order to try to get buy in for Gillian’s story - the author probably had to make William unlikeable in her story. Just a theory since I haven’t read it. I didn’t want my perception of him to be tainted in order to try to force a story that went against the significant years of build up. So, I skipped it. Because he’s one of my favorite characters.
So, I was able to read this book by focusing more on it as a separate story almost. I enjoyed it! I liked Sunny’s changing nature. I liked William throughout. I thought it was great. To some extent it brought back a lot of what I loved in the earlier books. The ending did feel a bit rushed, but aside from that, I enjoyed it! I didn’t struggle to finish it. I was engaged the whole time. I may actually consider reading future Lords books - depending on who they’re about. I’m not really committed to many of the later-added characters. But truly, prior to this book I would’ve said I was done with the Lords series completely. This may actually fall into the “read it again” category for me!
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Sunny is quirky and her past dictates her lack of trust. Revenge and justice are her two main goals. For her preservation.
William is set on breaking his curse and his only hope is Sunny. Trusting each other takes quite a lot of doing, and their banters are quite funny, even though Sunny's continuous drive to punish gets a little tedious.
Somehow, they manage to tolerate each other, to break the curse of course. Never mind the attraction that they try so hard to hide, until they can't. When all hell is let loose towards the end, revelations are made. Lies and secrets are exposed. It's action packed with all the things that one would expect from this series.