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The Lords of the Underworld return in this enthralling tale of an immortal warrior determined to win and the beautiful seductress he can’t resist.

Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.

Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can’t afford, because he has an agenda of his own - steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter - the love neither had thought possible.

©2011 Gena Showalter (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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I feel its the best in the series! Great characters and complexity of story. way to go

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I love strider and khia

I love this story. I've read and listened to it multiple times. strider is an alpha-hole so if you don't like that, you won't like him. ki is sprung, strong, and very vulnerable. also, I love max Bellmore narrating. I would recommend.

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Very good addition to the series :)

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This was a very good story. I liked Kaia and Strider and was happy with how things turned out for them. TBH, I didn't like Strider much at first and I thought Showalter did a great job and making me like him as things progressed.

Kaia is a harpy and the sister of Gwen (heroine of book # 4, [book:The Darkest Whisper|5509920]). Kaia made a big mistake when she was 14 years old and even after 1500 years she still hasn't lived it down. Gwen has always wanted her mother's approval but Tabitha (her mother) wasn't exactly mother of the year and Kaia always felt lacking because she couldn't be what her mother wanted. Kaia has endeavored to get past that and be happy with the unconditional love of her sisters.

Strider is one of the immortal warriors that was responsible for opening Pandora's box and releasing the demons inside. As a way to punish the warriors responsible and imprison the demons, the Greek gods decided that the warriors should act as hosts for the demons. Strider was made the host of the demon of defeat and any time Strider loses a challenge he is crippled by horrible pain that takes a while to get over.

Ok, first of all I have to say that Strider's demon is completely stupid. Strider doesn't even have a choice about whether he accepts a challenge or not...if anyone even makes a statement around him that's slightly challenging, his demons automatically accepts any implied challenge and Strider's stuck trying to win or face horrible pain. So yeah, I feel a bit bad for Strider...however, that doesn't give Strider the excuse to be the consummate dickhead and egotistical asshat that he was in the beginning of the story. Kaia realized that Strider is her consort (someone that's very dear and rare to a harpy) and tried to approach Strider (and in a nice way, especially for a harpy). He had reasons for turning Kaia down in the beginning but they were pretty stupid reasons and while he tried to blow her off gently, he still hurt her for no real reason.

Although Strider is determined to keep Kaia at a distance, he ends up deciding to help her out at the Harpy games but makes sure she knows their partnership is just temporary and not going anywhere. His helping ends up being a good thing because the prize for the contest is one of the artifacts that the LotU have been searching for. This does cause some strife though because Kaia and her team want to win it outright and Stider wants to find it an steal it so there's no question of getting it. It doesn't help that the contest is pretty much rigged against Kaia and her team because all the other harpies are ganging up on them in the contest. Kaia and Strider have some major issues to get past but as they work together more and more, Strider does start to realize that a relationship with Kaia might actually be able to work after all. After a lot of danger and drama, Kaia and Strider do end the story starting a HEA together.

This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Kaia from the start...she was strong but had a bit of vulnerability that endeared her to me. After Strider's actions in the previous book and how he acted in the beginning of this book I wasn't too hot on him but he did turn it around and by the end I was good with him and liked him with Kaia. Overall, I enjoyed the story very much and liked the characters so I'd recommend it (and the series). :)

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Excitement

I really loved this story line, the battles was awesome. But the ending needed a little more action.

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awesome

I loved it!!! what I love about them is that they are not the same and very predictable.. well they meet they struggle they end up together but the storyline is not the same with all of the books from the series...

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  • Regina
  • SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States
  • 06-12-13

He finds something more than a challenge

What did you love best about The Darkest Surrender?

That Strider meets his match and falls in love with Kaia. I also like that Kaia doesn't give up on Strider.

What did you like best about this story?

That Kaia win her respect back

Which character – as performed by Max Bellmore – was your favorite?

Kaia because she never gives up even when others turn their back on her.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Challenges make you who you are

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Showalter is on a roll.

What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Surrender the most enjoyable?

I love the fact that Kai is a Harpee. She's another fun character.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kai is my favorite character because as stated before she is fun and her family of Harpees are fun as well.

Have you listened to any of Max Bellmore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I think Mr. Bellmore is a steady for me. In each book in this series he delivers. He gives you variation with each character and thus helps you identify the characters with ease.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book did neither. I do think that the author spent a long time with history and making it vivid yet at times it just seem drawn out. But if you can get pass that you should be ok.

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 08-25-12

I enjoyed this one because lots of action

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend reading the series from the beginning and I do recommend all of them thus far

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkest Surrender?

When Strider and Legion have their final confrontation. It really surprised me.

What about Max Bellmore’s performance did you like?

I think Max Ballmore does a wonderful job with this series, and you always know which character is speaking

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Actually two first when Kaia fights her mother. Then when Kaia has her show down with Juliet.

Any additional comments?

I love that in between you have small snippets of other story lines like what Paris is up to and trying to do in maybe 4 chapters, also 3 chapters about William. You know up coming books will be about these characters.

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Hard to imagine the audience for this!

I've really tried to get through this. The first title in this series had some promise and I was hoping I had a whole new series to enjoy, but after a couple of weeks of valiant effort I just cannot get into this. The narration is pretty awful, but the "literature" he has to work with is worse. It seems incredibly juvenile, except the highly sexual nature of the book would be inappropriate for the under age 12 audience that language style used seems to be directed toward. I have shared and greatly enjoyed many young adult titles with my teen age daughter on the one hand and do not object to sexually explicit literature on the other, but I just cannot imagine an audience that would enjoy this.

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A Must Read!

Fantastic like all of the books in this series. I wish this reader would lend his voice to other paranormal books. His deep voice is exceptional.