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Subject: Gena Showalter
Date Posted: 6/10/2013 11:05 AM ET
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I downloaded Darkest Passion from my library because I've been meaning to read something by her because I heard so many positive things about her and was wondering if maybe I tried the wrong book by her? I absolutely cannot get past what a selfish witch Legion was, how stupid Aeron was for not realizing it until it was too late, the way he consistently placed Legion as just as important or more important than Olivia for some reason that made no frickin sense in the context of the book, and his constant pushing Olivia away until the very last moment (and even then he wouldn't be happy without Legion natch.) I liked the world building and the writing but is this kind of conflict normal for her books?

Date Posted: 6/10/2013 11:22 AM ET
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Well you basically started in the middle of the series and there is some backstory with Aeron and Legion you would not know about.  My advice is to pick book 1 of any of her series and start there.

Date Posted: 6/10/2013 11:54 AM ET
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Yeah I understand it being the middle of the series might be impacting my views on the book. it was the earliest available of the series I could get free. I have a pretty set amount I can spend on books and I'm hesitant to spend on authors if I don't know I will like them.  

Date Posted: 6/11/2013 9:24 AM ET
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amanda-The issue with Gena Showalters' Dark Lords series is that after a certain book, there's way too many characters that keep re-appearing/disappearing. There's also a plot about Pandora's box/the Greek Gods that never seems to get any closer to a resolution. I also like dark characters, and while some of her books are dark, many are funny so take my opinion with a grain of salt =) that being said, I don't think you need to read the books in any kind of order because the plot line of the greek gods don't go anywhere so you're not missing any vital information. You got unlucky with Aeron/Legion, it's one of the few stories that have a backstory covered in previous books that isn't really mentioned in the book that has them as the main couple. BTW did you end up reading nalini singh books?

Date Posted: 6/11/2013 8:23 PM ET
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Yup I started like you guys recommended with the first one of her psy-changeling series and became obsessed. I'm just waiting for three or four of them now to come available. She is awesome :)

 

Thanks for the info on Showalter, maybe I'll try one or two more from the series before I give up then. I liked several things about it ust not that Aeron and Legion's relationship apparently needed earlier books to make any dang sense. When I read a lot of the GR reviews for Darkest Passion I was nervous about trying anymore because so many people thought it was amazing I figured it might be par for the course with her stuff. 

 

 

Date Posted: 6/13/2013 5:55 PM ET
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I just finished Salinghs' last book, Heart of Obsidian. I was so happy it was a dark story with a dark hero =) I will say though that I wish her Silence vs Non-Silence would come to an end or closer to an end. I'd also like to know what happens to Sienna and her mom. Did you read caressed by ice yet? hands down my favorite book from the psy series besides heart of obsidian. I do recommend trying Showalter again, maybe at te beginning, her Lords of the Underworld series is mostly amazing.

Date Posted: 6/14/2013 9:23 PM ET
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I did and I loved it! Brenna might be my favorite heroine I think. I'm not sure which book is my favorite though. Geez I'd have thought by the latest one we'd have it wrapped up though....good to know it won't be wrapped up for a while for me, that way I can quit getting impatient wanting to know what happens. 

Date Posted: 6/15/2013 8:00 PM ET
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Gena's first book is called the darkest night. It's one of the first book of an ongoing series that I like. It dosen't have an info dump, the characters are intersting from the get go and the characters she introduces for further books in the series is not an overwhelming amount. I recommend it and it's on my keeper shelf

Date Posted: 6/15/2013 8:00 PM ET
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Gena's first book is called the darkest night. It's one of the first book of an ongoing series that I like. It dosen't have an info dump, the characters are intersting from the get go and the characters she introduces for further books in the series is not an overwhelming amount. I recommend it and it's on my keeper shelf

Date Posted: 6/15/2013 8:00 PM ET
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oops double post

 

Date Posted: 6/21/2013 7:52 PM ET
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My feelings would be that the Lords of the Underworld (LOTU) books should be read in order. There's too much backstory and too many subplots going on. It would be hard to really understand/enjoy it stand-alone.



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