Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she'd fall for a kind human who wouldn't rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora's box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love.
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I loved the book, but must agree with the other reviewers, it was a bit disconcerting to hear the retakes of the narrator in part 1 and part 2 of the book. If not for that, I would have given it a score of 5 stars.
I love the Lords of the Underworld series. This was no exception. The love scenes are wonderfully written and this book inparticular has a bit more action.
I can't wait for the next ...
My only issue was with the audio. I love the guy who reads these, but there were some mistakes in reading along the way. These weren't edited out. Didn't take too much away, just a bit distracting.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
Before all this new technology we all had books at home (LOL) and this is one of the books in my collection. It's sad to say my book collection is contained in a small building. I'm now trying to progress with the times and slowly transfer my collection into our amazing technical devices, so in doing this I'm getting to re-visit those books as I add them to my digital world.
If you haven't read the Lord's series then you need to get this series. It's in my Top 5. It's filled with sexy warriors that are possessed with a demon from Pandora's box. Of course these alfa men don't exactly get along with their demons and it usually gets more complicated when their female enters their life. This seires is packed with all kinds of other creatures to make it much more interesting.
In this book we have the Demon of Doubt and he falls in love with a harpie, and you know it's not that simple because a stunning discovery about the harpie's past is a BIG surprise.
Every book in this series is worth a credit in my opinion (unless it's under $10, then you have the "just buy it" rule) because this is one that you'll want to come back and re-visit from your Library.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I liked Gwendolyn and Sabin...even though they both had personality traits in the beginning that I wasn't exactly thrilled with. The story was pretty good and did well at keeping me engaged.
Gwendolyn "the Timid" is a harpy that's not at all comfortable with her darker half. To be honest, it seems like she's mostly come to the conclusion that she's weak based on the fact that her mother is convinced her father was an Angel and this will obviously make Gwen a weak harpy. Gwen has 2 older sisters that love her dearly but they tend to protect her to the point of smothering.
Sabin is one of the immortals that were responsible for the opening of Pandora's box and releasing the most evil demons upon the world. The Greek gods decided that the demons should be bonded with the men responsible as a way to imprison the demons and punish the men. Sabin is host to the demon of doubt.
Sabin is probably the most fervent fighter against the hunters that have been trying to kill/imprison the LotU most of their existence. He'll do anything to fight them and in the past, his unrelenting need to fight the hunters caused a schism between the LotU and the 2 groups just recently started working together again. In a search for an artifact that the hunters are also after, Sabin and company come across a temple that the hunters turned into a prison for immortal/paranormal women. They soon realize that the hunters were using the women as breeding stock in order to raise halfling hunters to fight the LotU. Gwen is one of the women imprisoned (although luckily she couldn't be drugged and the hunters found her too dangerous to touch) and Sabin is the one to rescue her. Once she's free, Gwen's harpy comes out in response to a hunter and Sabin suddenly sees Gwen as a possible weapon.
The LotU let all the other women go but Sabin insists on taking Gwen home with them. Gwen could escape but doesn't when she has the chance and she's not sure why. She's strongly attracted to Sabin but she's not exactly happy at the idea of being his weapon that he just wants to point and shoot. Sabin is attracted to Gwen but his demon is desperate to cause doubts and since Gwen is so timid already, Sabin is sure she'd never be able to handle his demon. He tries to keep things distant between them because of this, but that doesn't last very long. Things get more interesting when Gwen's sisters come to see how Gwen is doing and of course the hunters make themselves annoying multiple times. Sabin and Gwen's relationship isn't easy...especially since he made clear to her in the beginning that he'd do anything (including cheat on a girlfriend) to win the war against the hunters. Thankfully, Sabin pulls his head out of his butt and he and Gwen are able to work things out, ending the story with a HEA together.
This was a very good story. I liked Gwen. In the beginning, I didn't like her being weak/timid but it wasn't done in an overly annoying way and she soon evolved and grew which made me like her even more. Sabin started out so callous and it made me have some trouble liking him at first but he soon turned things around. The story was very good and kept me interested throughout so I'd recommend it and the series (so far). :)
The Darkest Whisper was just another awesome book by Showalter. I just love how all her characters work together also as you go through the books you get to check in on previous stars and it's great to see them grow.
I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and/or listening to mostly paranormal and fantasy.
I really like this series. Sabin is not one of my favorite characters and I really did not like Gwen at the beginning. I thought she was very weak. Her doubt in herself was a little annoying after a while. I like her better once she start to believe in herself. There was a lot of Anya in this book and I like the harpies.
Also, Nix from Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series makes a very brief appearance. I am wondering if we will see more of her in future books. She is one of my favorite characters.
Saben's story is sad but full of adventure and action. Definitely a great fun read.
Before I delve into my review of the story I want to quickly note that the narration in this book is excellent and very much on par with the previous stories. I loved this book. I love these books. My favorite aspect to the LOTU novels is that although there is definitely a primary character each novel is focused on Ms. Showalter brings relevant story lines in and out of the primary plot flawlessly. This is really effective in making me look forward to the next story since there isn't an abrupt ending of one story and passing of the baton to the next lord. The transition from story to story is much more organic than that, also the author does not resort to cliffhangers and abrupt unfinished endings in order to get readers to buy into the next novel. She also brings formerly featured lords and their mates back so they stay relevant and we get to hear about how they are progressing. Many series try to do this but no one does as good of a job.
The two main character Sabin and Gwen are a wonderful set of protagonists. Sabin, who is possessed of the demon doubt, is a complex character. While he has the usual alpha characteristics that seem to be so popular in contemporary hero novels it serves as a really nice foil to the concept of self-doubt. Gwen is an amazing character. Her progression to submissive captive to self-assured can hang with the lords tough girl is inspiring and engaging. I don't think I tuned out or drifted away from this story the entire time I was listening. I really like the first story in this series and each subsequent installment I have enjoyed more and more. There is no doubt that this novel is worth the credit I spent on it. I can't wait to hear.
I'm beginning to sound like a broken record with these LOTU books, but, I absolutely love this series. Book 4, like the others gives you more demon warrior romance, humor, and action. I have to note that the heroines/love interests that are emerging from these stories are equally as interesting and complex as the Lords! Additionally, the stories have begun to include more fully developed sub-stories that thread throughout each installment within the series---I'm totally a fan of that since each of the various characters have their own unique appeal. The narration is also stellar; I could listen to Max all day, which is basically what I do :-) Definitely a credit worthy purchase--plan on getting the entire series once you get started!
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