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Die Herren der Unterwelt 01. Schwarze Nacht (1 mp3-CD) (edition 2013)

by Gena Showalter

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Title:Die Herren der Unterwelt 01. Schwarze Nacht (1 mp3-CD)
Authors:Gena Showalter
Info:Lagato (2013), Ausgabe: 1, Audio CD, 1 Seiten
Tags:Hörbuch, Kindle Fire, Audible, HB2012

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The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, Book 1) by Gena Showalter


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I read and reviewed this book in December of 2008. It's that old. I am posting my complete and original (non-rewritten) review because when looking back I would like to think that my reviews now are quite a bit different and better then they were over a year ago. Since I wrote this I discoverd that Showalter did write a prequel to the series which was released in ebook format only. She did release that story in a omnibus a few days ago called Into The Dark which I can't wait to read.

Written Dec 2008.....
Although a decent start to a new paranormal series I found that I wasn't fully invested in the characters until towards the end of the book. I thought that Ashlyn's psychic ability was extremely interesting and although played a part throughout the book I might have enjoyed the book more had the book been her book with Maddox finding her....if that makes any sense.

Maddox is a cursed immortal who along with his friends thousands of years ago became too self important and released the demon's from Pandora's Box. As punnishment the Gods cast a demon into each immortal to be housed for all eternity. Maddox's own demon is that of Violence. This makes him the most dangerous of all members of the lords of the underworld. Personally I think that Disease is more dangerous but whatever.

One a superficial note I love the cover. Not so keen on the second in the series cover but I can over look it to read it. Which I will read sooner or later. Based on the average rating I might just wait and move some of my paranormals that I KNOW will have a higher star rating ahead of the rest of the series. ( )
  ChristinaT. | Dec 3, 2016 |
The Darkest Night
3.5 Stars


Ashlyn Darrow is afflicted with the ability to hear the voices of past conversations. In an attempt to end her nightmare, she seeks out a group of men rumored to possess supernatural abilities. What she finds is the Lords of the Underworld, immortal warriors possessed by the demon spirits they willfully released from Pandora's box. Ashlyn is soon swept away by her attraction to Maddox, the warrior who holds Violence within, and must cope not only with the passion he ignites but with external forces bent on destroying the only family she has ever known.


Disclaimer: Began this book a few month ago when I first started reading paranormal romance and couldn't get into it. So, this is my second attempt at reading the book and overall, I am pleased that I gave it another chance.

The Darkest Night suffers from first book syndrome - it is slow to start and there is an overabundance of exposition. Moreover, the details of the world building are forced rather than being allowed to unfold naturally. Nevertheless, the mythology meshes well within the plot and the take on Pandora's box is original and intriguing.

The focus of the book is the developing relationship between Maddox and Ashlyn. While they are a compelling couple with intense chemistry, it is only toward the end that the action heats up and a bigger story line begins to appear. Ashlyn is a likeable heroine - she definitely holds her own without being too kick ass and does not wait around to be rescued by her "tarnished prince". Maddox is tortured, sexy and possessive but never feels the need to walk all over the heroine (not that she would let him). The manner in which his personal curse is resolved and how he comes to terms with the demon inside him are highlights of the story.

Regarding the secondary characters, the other LOTUs are appealing in their own right, although the angst and aggression that characterizes their interaction is contrived and overdone. The villain is very one-dimensional and there is very little indication that he constitutes any real threat. Anya, the warriors dubious ally, is especially intriguing and I look forward to discovering her true motives.

Despite its problems, the basic concept of tormented warriors seeking forgiveness, redemption and love is very appealing and I will continue reading the series. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Loved it! Reminded me a bit of Black Dagger Brotherhood. I will definitely be reading some more about these warriors! ( )
  LenaR0307 | May 30, 2016 |
Arrogant and bitter over the insult of having a woman chosen over him to guard the box of demons, the hero and his friends killed Pandora and released the demons within. As punishment for this betrayal the Gods forced each warrior to house a demon within them. For the crime of dealing the death blow to Pandora, the hero was also cursed to experience her death every night and spend the night in hell before being reborn the next day. Housing the demon of Violence, the hero is unstable and possesses an irrational and furious anger that he often takes out on those around him. When he's tasked with killing a female intruder however, the hero is astonished to have Violence urge him to possess her, not kill her. Tortured by the 'Gift' of hearing voices from the past, the heroine has come to Hungary in search of the aid of the Angels said to live atop the mountain. When she encounters the hero she feel instant relief as the voices grow quiet when he's around. Despite his obvious distrust and against his better judgment, the hero agrees to take her back to the castle. There, the heroine is disgusted by the death scene she witnesses. She sobs and begs for them to stop but it's to no avail and the one man to make her feel whole, dies before she even has a chance to know him. Then, to her astonishment, the hero returns to her the next day, alive and whole. They have an instant and deep bond because both are tortured and longing for that human connection. Though the heroine knows she should fear the obviously violent and unstable man, she finds herself falling in love with him. The hero in turn defies his brothers and vows to possess her. His Violence channels itself into doing everything he can to protect her and for once in his thousands of years of life, the man and the beast are in total agreement. Then the warriors small world gets rocked by the Gods re-entering their lives and the reunion of the other possessed warriors. I thought this was a great book and a stellar way to start off the series. It sets up all the characters nicely while still allowing the hero and heroine to have their story told. This is such an imaginative and unique series with yummy tortured men and lots of mythology and angst. I did wish the timeline for the characters was a bit longer as I feel 2 days isn't nearly enough time to develop any lasting love but from the jump the two characters were obsessed with each other and you could really feel the bond they had shine through. And the fact that the major sex scene was written with them speaking in single word sentences was passionate and super sweet. Lovely book and a great start to a very cool series. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
Devotion. Love. Acceptance. These three ingredients are needed to make a beautiful relationship. This book has them in spades! The demons from Pandora's Box has possessed these warriors and caused them unspeakable torment for thousands of years, yet now little rays of light are forming above these cursed warriors. Ashlyn is just one of these lights, destined to love Violence. At first Maddox, possessed by Violence, believes this beauty is Bait, used by an ancient society bent on the cursed warriors demise. Ashlyn is held hostage and each of them have growing feelings for the other. She wishes to save him from the world, he wishes to save her from himself. Together they forge a path towards the light of both understanding and remarkable love. Watching their love blossoming and all the action in this story leaves me craving for more. ( )
  mariahsidhe | May 12, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373772467, Mass Market Paperback)

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member--a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments...and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction--and a soul-shattering test of love....

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To silence the voices in her head, Ashlyn Darrow arrives in Budapest where she, seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, is drawn to their most dangerous member, Maddox, who is trapped in a hell of his own.

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