Jul 13, 2010

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Review: The Darkest Lie by Gena Showalter (Lords of the Underworld #6)

Paranormal Romance
June 29 2010
Mass Market Paperback
448 pages
Harlequin

Yummy Man – Gideon (Keeper of Lies)
Kick Ass Chick – Scarlet (Keeper of Nightmares)

From Goodreads

“Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding — or bedding — her. But he wants to . . . almost as much as he wants her.

But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free, and a future with her could mean ultimate ruin. Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer . . . and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love…”

I’m still trying to catch my breath after all of the *gasp*ing and *OMG!*ing that occurred while reading this book…  Gena Showalter’s ‘Lords of the Underworld’ series is terrific.  The world she’s created is very imaginative, the characters memorable and the story lines first-rate.  Each chapter helps the overall story move along nicely.  With each new book you are introduced to new people, you revisit some old friends, you get a powerful love story and you learn a little more about the big picture.  But no installment has blindsided me as much as this one has.  (And I mean that as a good thing).

“The Darkest Lie” is the sixth book in the Lords of the Underworld series.  This time around, we follow Gideon, keeper of Lies.  Here’s a little history about what makes the Lords what they are (as told by Gideon):

“For-freaking-ever-ago, he’d helped his friends steal and open Pandora’s box, unleashing the evil inside.  Yeah, yeah.  A mistake.  Hardly worth a second’s thought, if you asked him, but the gods hadn’t, so, as punishment, each warrior responsible was cursed to host a demon inside his own body.  Baddies like Death, Disaster, Violence, Disease, yada yada.

There’d been more demons than warriors, though, so the remaining fiends had been placed inside the immortal prisoners of Tartarus.”

At the end of the last book, “The Darkest Passion”, Gideon found out that Scarlet, the beautiful immortal warrior currently residing in the Lords’ dungeon and keeper of Nightmares, was in fact his wife.  The kicker is that he has no recollection of this.  He knows that there is something vaguely familiar to her though.  After all, why else would he have her eyes tattooed to his neck, her lips tattooed on his chest and an exact replica of her ‘To Part is to Die’ tattoo at his waist.  Thank goodness that we only had to wait one month for the release of “The Darkest Lie” to find out what was up with all that!!

Before starting this book, I was a little concerned about reading Gideon’s dialogue.  You see, because he is the Keeper of Lies, he can’t speak a word of truth without suffering immense pain.  Therefore, he says “you’re ugly” or “please don’t tell me what’s wrong” when in fact he means the opposite.  I was worried about having to think way too much while reading trying to figure out what he means to say really.  I should have known that I had nothing to worry about.  Ms. Showalter does a great job translating and the dialogue is completely effortless to read and not frustrating in the least.  (Silly Julie…)  And Scarlet isn’t even bothered by the ‘Gideon-speak’.  I think Scarlet’s humor and spunk is a great match to Gideon’s sardonic character.  Again, Ms. Showalter made a good match.  I’ve always enjoyed Gideon and I’m glad I still like him after his book!  Oh, and another kinda important detail is that I find this to be the hottest book of the series to date!  *fans herself*

Now I mentioned the turmoil I lived through while reading this book…  Well, to give you an idea of what I felt and thought while reading “The Darkest Lie”, I thought I would supply my rendition:  (proceed with caution as slight spoilers do occur)

“Alright, let’s find out who this chick is and why Gideon can’t remember her.  Aug, Hunters!  Awww…  *Gasp*.  *Giggle*.  *Swoon*.  *Fans herself*.  *Gasp*.  Hmmm, why is Amun thinking Hell is the end?  Alright, here’s Sienna dealing with Wrath.  Grrr Cronus!   Hee hee, Amun is reading Gilly and William’s minds.  *Sad sigh*.  Grrr Rhea!  Ooo Nightmares is evil and I like it!  Oh, Amun…  I don’t think I like Aeron much right now.  *OMG!*.  I don’t get it, it’s Legion.  Let her rot!  Whoa!  *Gasp*.  WTF?!  *Sigh*.  Poor Scarlet.  *Fans herself again*…  *and again*.  Hint at Strider.  *Sad*.  GRRR Rhea!  Oh Amun…  *Gasp*.  Ouch.  The demons…now that’s gnarly.  *Blush*.  *Smile and clap*.  *Sigh*.  Oh, Amun…  *Giggle*.  You go girl!    Lol, Cronus made a funny.  Ew!  *Sigh*.  *Smile*.”
The end. *takes a bow*

As you see, it’s a really good book.

“The Darkest Lie” also gives us a good look at Amun, Keeper of Secrets.  His is the next book and it’s coming out next year.  I can’t say that I held strong emotion towards Amun before now — I really wasn’t sure I would even be interested in his book.  But after reading his bit of the story in this installment, I am very much looking forward to it.  The plot has been set for a heart-filled book.  “The Darkest Secret” is due out in stores March 1st 2011 (but of course, this far ahead, release dates are subject to change).

Overall, I’m very pleased with the two installments in the ‘Lords of the Underworld’ series that Ms. Gena Showalter has supplied for us this year.  The stories moved along nicely, the couples were engaging and the table has been set just enough to make us start panting for next year’s releases.

“The Darkest Lie” certainly did not disappoint.

4 stars

 

Giggle worthy quotes

 

“Calling the woman a bitch, he realized, had been an insult to bitches.”
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“How do the others stand you?” (Cronus to Gideon)

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“‘I’m not showing you a finger in my mind.  Do you know that?’
‘Yeah, I know.  It’s your index finger and you’re telling me I’m number one.'”

  1. LOL…loved your rendition. Still have a way to go before getting to book 6 but, I’m definitely looking forward to it after reading your review.

  2. Jen – it really is a neat series. I love how mythology and demons all “play” together.

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