The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld, Bk. 4)
The Darkest Whisper - Lords of the Underworld, Bk. 4 Author:Gena Showalter Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern... until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more. — Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she'd ... more »fall for a kind human who wouldn't rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora's box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love....« less
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Summary: Bound by the demon of doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concernâ¦until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more. Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she'd fall for a kind human who wouldn't rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora's box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against loveâ¦
First off....let me say when I saw Nyx (see Kresley Cole) in this book walking though Buda...I squealed like a little girl and got crazy excited, especially since Torin was instantly attracted, you know what that means. We have reached the point where Gena Showalter is starting to bleed her plot a bit...we are seeing more of the other characters perspectives in this book than in the others, and I like it. I like Sabin's take charge sort of character but I felt that the conflict between himself and his female, Gwen, was a bit forced...like Showalter was just trying to put something in there quickly to give them some sort of conflict. This book started and ended well...it flowed throughout and there was no tedious catch-up for days. Over all not too bad a read, I am excited for the next book in this series...hopefully we will see more of Nyx.
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Sabin, keeper of Doubt, merciless warrior, driven leader and all-round badass. Gwendolyn the Timid, poster child for the self-esteem challenged, current captive and all-round victim. And they fall for each other so hard it registers on the Richter scale. This is a pairing worthy of Nina Bangs' Sparkle Stardust, the cosmic troublemaker who specializes in creating sexual havoc by matching total opposites [to their eventual delight] to watch the fireworks.
Gwen is a Harpy - who is afraid of her 'inner Harpy' and equally afraid of her lack of Harpy qualities. Sabin avoids women because his demon, Doubt, damages his lovers even to the point of suicide.
Plot-wise [meaning the overall plot of the series] we don't seem to advance much; but I suspect considerable grounds were laid for future books. Comic interest is provided by Gwen's sisters who can almost approve of her choice - after all he's a bloodthirsty warrior with the social skills of a piranha. Some revelations and truly heart wrenching moments are provided by the other Lords...
Lords of the Underworld
1. The Darkest Fire (2008)[related ebook]
2. The Darkest Night (2008)
3. The Darkest Kiss (2008)
4. The Darkest Pleasure (2008)
5. The Darkest Whisper (2009)
4 stars for this one. Very good book despite some major issues.
This is the story of Sabin, keeper of Doubt, and how he comes to know and love a Harpy named Gwen. Gwen struggles with a battle to be normal, constantly battling her dark side while worrying that she is not as brave or strong as her older harpy sisters. This uncertainty intitially leads Sabin to believe that they can't be together, despite the fiery attraction between them, because his demon makes people doubt themselves to the point of depression. However, Gwen's strength and will begin to grow even as the love between them grows.
Gwen probably the weakest part of this book. She started out helpless and I don't mind that in a heroine, if I see her improving througout the story. She does (somewhat) but in the end, at the crucial moment of the conflict she chokes completely. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that some of her actions left the overall impression of a character who is not as well developed and strong as she should be.
I felt the romance was adequate. I really liked Sabin, and I felt he grew and matured in the developement of the relationship, which is good to see. That pretty much made up for aforementioned slightly annoying heroine. I also like that the couples from the previous books were revisited a tiny bit. Plus we see more developement with Aeron and Paris. Really makes me look forward to future books.
Overall, if you liked the previous books this one is well worth the read.
Wow... Gena Showalter does not disappoint in her latest Lords of the Underworld installment. Sabin is the bad boy of the Lords, and he's not afraid to show it. Of course... his world gets turned upside down when Gwen the harpy comes into his life. Sabin and Gwen are both awesome in their own rights. Easily as good as the other LOTU books, Sabin and Gwen's story kept me wondering every step of the way how the two seemingly opposites could make things work out. Showalter did an amazing job at unraveling their story and included several sidebar chapters on some of the other Lords who haven't had their limelight yet (I can't wait for more Lords!). If you liked the other LOTU books, then you definitely won't be disappointed.
This latest installment in the LOTU series is a great read. I have loved every book in this series & this one lived up to the standard. I could not put it down!! Sabin's story has everything you would want...love, tragedy, sexual tension, comic relief, mystery, etc...the story moves fast & always keeps you wanting more...Hopefully Ms Showalter will keep writing about the Lords...I will never tire of reading about their exploits.
I can't wait till the next story comes out...thankfully January is not that far away at the time this review was written!
Honestly, when compared with her Atlantis series - the Lords of the Underworld are by far the better!!! Her Atlantis series is practically neanderthalian in plot.
Sabin, the bearer of Doubt and the leader of the immortal warriors who had once decided to fight against the humans who killed his friend the bearer of Distrust, has rejoined with Lucien and the warriors who no longer wished to fight the human Hunters. Sabin has long since given up on ever finding a woman, since his demon often sends them running due to doubts about themselves. But all of that begins to change when he finds and frees a group of immortal females who are imprisoned by the human Hunters. All but one have been raped and impregnated so that when they give birth, the children will be taken from their mother to be raised and trained as immortal Hunters.
The only one who has not been raped is a small insecure harpy. Now harpy's are supposed to be mean, ugly and foul, right? Apparently not. They are only thought to be that way because 1) they are strong and incredibly fast, 2) they have volitile tempers, 3) the are blood thirsty, and 4) the only way they can survive is by either stealing their food or earning it. So why is this one little harpy so insecure? She half angel.(or so they believe.)
But sabin soon learns there is more to this little harpy than meets the eye. And the demon of Doubt learns that it is not always best to make a harpy nervous, jealous or upset!