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The Darkest Lie

Official information

The Darkest Lie Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld

Publisher: HQN Books

In this riveting new installment of New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series, Gideon, keeper of the Demon of Lies, fights to uncover the truth...

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 means risking everything. Especially as Gideon's enemies draw closer... and the truth threatens to destroy all he's come to love...

My review

The Darkest Lie is one of the best books in Lords of the Underworld series even though I had a few issues with it.

First of all, I had noticed that sometimes a lot of the characters had the same thought style even though they should have been nothing alike. I am afraid they sounded like Gena Showalter herself (had read her blog and recognize her talk mannerism). There were times I thought that if I found another 'that sweet man', or 'what a darling' I was going to swear.

Second, I couldn't understand why the author had to explain every word the hero breathed. Most of them were very easily translated and the given translation was not only an insult to my intelligence, but also annoying.

And third, the heroine was not strong enough. Actually, at first I liked Scarlet. She was strong, confident and determined. Then, I got confused. With every page she became more and more unsure, weak, irrational and obtuse. Even though I tried to comprehend it as nature vs. nurture, a soft and gentle woman turned to ice by horrible treatment, I couldn't convince myself of her character. The strengths and weaknesses simply didn't mash together. And by the end of The Darkest Lie I was so fed up with Scarlet's 'I need him, I love him, but I can't be with him' line, she seriously got on my nerves. To marry a man and on the second day announce that they couldn't be together because maybe one day he would regret it, is ... I don't even know how to call it.

None of those issues, however, prevented me from enjoying the story, being pulled into it, or getting emotionally invested. I got carried away so deeply, I cried when I read the scenes about Steel. I knew The Darkest Lie had minor flaws, but I was blind and deaf to it. I was captivated.

I was in love with Gideon from the first time he uttered a word many, many books ago and my love for him only got brighter and stronger. He is sweet, caring, funny, and strong. He is everything a hero should be and more. He is simply Gideon. And he is the main cause of my fascination.

Of course, there are many other great things about the book: including fast-paced adventures, interesting secondary characters and their story lines, unexpected twists and the promise of even more.

The Lords are simply addictive and The Darkest Lie - a keeper!

Rating 4.5

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