Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Review of "Darkest Night" by Gena Showalter

First actual review! Don't judge me, I'm sure I'll get better as I go along.

So today we're reviewing "Darkest Night" by Gena Showalter, the first of her Lords of the Underworld series.

I love series that take a different spin on mythical beings/creatures, such as Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series, and Showalter certainly doesn't disappoint. In Showalter's series, the men (and at least one woman) or "Lords of the Underworld" have demons inside of them, a different one for each man (or woman). These demons were the evil that was locked inside Pandora's Box, and when it was opened, as a punishment for doing so, the men had to live with these evil being inside of them, whether it be disease, wrath, violence, etc.

The story idea was good enough to make me overlook any possible short comings. And really, the only ones I could think of would be that, well, hmm. I guess I felt that the story moved just a little too fast. On occasion, I felt like I had to re-read a few things, or pause for a second to catch my bearings. Other than that, I have no complaints about the writing style, the hero, the heroine, anything, really. I love how she characterized the men holding the demons, and you can see the depth to each character, even when he or she is not the main character. Maddox, the hero of the story, holds the demon of Violence, and the struggle between the man and the demon is beyond interesting. Ashlyn, our heroine with the name that I love, has the ability to hear conversations that occured in the spot she was standing in, whether they happened twenty minutes ago, or two thousand years.

I really suggest everyone check this book out. Supposedly, the series was supposed to just be a trilogy, but the author decided against it (and personally, I'm greatful!), and another should be published later this year, I believe in September.

I do plan to read and hopefully review the other books in the series, but I do have some other books to get to first, mainly "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, "Skin Trade" by Laurell K. Hamilton, and "Passion Unleashed" by Larissa Ione. Keep checking back for more reviews, and hopefully more contests!