The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld) Mass Market Paperback – November 22, 2016
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- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0373799446
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-0373799442
- Product Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.94 x 6.63 inches
- Publisher : HQN; Original edition (November 22, 2016)
- Language: : English
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I love all the LOTU books and all of the characters, but this one was surprisingly disappointing. At least I already read the next one and know that it's awesome, so hopefully this will be the only one I don't care for. Looking forward to book fourteen!
“Only on the outside.” – The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld)
This was one of the many interactions I loved from this book. It describes what Baden truly feels about himself with very few words. Forced to house the demon known as Destruction, Baden endures a daily battle between his own soul and the beast’s, for control over his body.
Katarina ends up going from a horrible situation, to something worse. When she is taken on her wedding day, to be used as leverage by Baden to obtain an object he seeks from her husband, she is thrown into a world of madness. Over time she comes to understand the immortals that share Baden’s life, and calms the raging beast he carries inside.
I haven’t read other books in this series, and what I feel the author does particularly well is bring you up to speed with all of the characters, and their histories, without over-explaining who they are and how they tie into the plot. It had to be a challenge, especially considering just how many couples are needed to control the demons that were let out of Pandora’s Box. She navigates the reader through the relationships masterfully, while still allowing each of their individual voices to shine through.
All in all a great read! I will be checking out the rest of the series for sure!
I enjoyed the book despite Satan. Hell and the plot of the lords winning a war against the Devil.
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Baden has become Hades’ son and lapdog and is often overcome with Destruction’s rage. He then meets his OTP (one true pairing) who happens to be a dog trainer... or is she something more?
This only has three stars because after having read it twice I have yet to really form a strong opinion. I’m not sure what to think. I love the concept - and it works really well! I love the characters and the development, too.
I’m just not sure... it is so strange! I think it may be the character interactions that threw me. They can be haphazard in places. And just as I got used to one character and something was happening, the chapter ended!
However, I do like all the added extras in the novel: the ‘what’s happened so far’, character guides etc. They really help remind regular readers keep up to date and newcomers on who is who.
Irrespective of the characters, the result was the same. A Lords of the Underworld novel that delivered action, betrayal, violence, humour and romance in equal measure.
Baden was driven to death by the demon of Distrust when he ended up dead and spent centuries in purgatory. He is now back, bound to Hades and Destruction with no choice in doing his biddings.
Katarina is an expert dog trainer. Her dogs are her babies and her love for these babies has landed her into a marriage with a despicable character through blackmail.
Baden is unpredictable and violent to the point where he is a danger to everyone around him. Destruction wants nothing more than to destroy any perceived threats! His retrieval mission for Hades turns into a bloodbath. Unsuccessful into securing the item, he takes the bride as hostage for a bargaining exchange. The bride, Katarina is neither impressed nor intimated by his ruthless behaviour. She is more intrigued by him!
Although Baden jumps to the wrong conclusions about Katarina, he is just as fascinated by her. He becomes very protective towards her, something that she resents. When she discovers that his temper is governed by a beast, she is determined to tame that beast. How hard can it be? She sets about dissentisiting him from his adversion to touch. Soon, passion burns between them. Baden makes the mistake of treating Katarina as a weak human who needs his protection and Katarina is determined to show him that she can be strong. This leads to conflict and when they are not making passionate love, they are bickering. His temper and her stubbornness outweigh what their hearts know and want.
Baden is competing with Pandora for his freedom and the missions he has to accomplish are treacherous. Pandora doesn't play fair but then again, neither does Baden. Despite the change in him, the family is behind him all the way. Most of them know only too well about the torment that he is going through.
The characters from the previous instalments play valuable roles throughout the story. I love the chemistry between Baden and Katarina. They can be frustrating at times but that's what makes them who they are. It becomes more and more captivating as the story develops. There are some cringing moments, some laugh out loud and scary ones. The passion is sizzling hot. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Darkest Torment and look forward to reading the next one.
The romance between baden and katarina was great and got better the further I read. I can't wait to read the next installment.