Friday, June 9, 2023

The Darkest Warrior by Gena Showalter [Review]

The Darkest Warrior (Lords of the Underworld #14) by Gena Showalter
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
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Date read: October 13, 2022

Lords of the Underworld
0.5. The Darkest Fire
1. The Darkest Night
2. The Darkest Kiss
3. The Darkest Pleasure
3.5. The Darkest Prison
4. The Darkest Whisper
4.5. The Darkest Angel
5. The Darkest Passion
6. The Darkest Lie
7. The Darkest Secret
8. The Darkest Surrender
9. The Darkest Seduction
10. The Darkest Craving
11. The Darkest Touch
12. The Darkest Torment
13. The Darkest Promise
14. The Darkest Warrior - Paperback | Kindle
14.5. The Darkest Captive
14.6. The Darkest Assassin
15. The Darkest King
15.5. The Darkest Destiny

Related Series:
(find all the reviews for the series under the first review)
Angels of the Dark
1. Wicked Nights

Rise of the Warlords
1. The Warlord

Gena Showalter
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
He is ice…

Puck the Undefeated, host of the demon of Indifference, cannot experience emotion without punishment, so he allows himself to feel nothing. Until her. According to ancient prophecy, she is the key to avenging his past, saving his realm and ruling as king. All he must do? Steal her from the man she loves—and marry her.

She is fire…

Gillian Shaw has suffered many tragedies in her too-short life, but nothing could have prepared the fragile human for her transition into immortality. To survive, she must wed a horned monster who both intrigues and frightens her…and become the warrior queen she was born to be.

Together they burn.

As a rising sense of possession and obsession overtake Puck, so does insatiable lust. The more he learns about his clever, resourceful wife, the more he craves her. And the more time Gillian spends with her protective husband, the more she aches for him. But the prophecy also predicts an unhappily-ever-after. Can Puck defeat fate itself to keep the woman who brought his deadened heart back to life? Or will they succumb to destiny, losing each other…and everything they’ve been fighting for?
Thoughts on The Darkest Warrior: Gillian (who's been cautiously dancing around William since we first met her) has her world rocked by Puck the Undefeated and things don't go AT ALL the way she expected. I mean, for one, time moves differently in Puck's realm, so she was given the chance to grow into her immortality and come to terms with the abuse heaped on her as a child. For another, Puck is NOT William and having Puck in her life put the thing with William into perspective.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Gillian's in a bad way thanks to Keeley (which was all part of Keeley's plan, thankyouverymuch) and Puck steps in to help her out. Of course, he had reasons for helping her that benefitted him. Because as the keeper of Indifference, his emotions don't get tied up. Until, you know, they do.

As for Puck, he has a past rife with betrayal, he's spent a lot of years saddled with a demon, and he's pretty committed to his plan to save his people. At first, Gillian is just means to an end, but it doesn't take long before she worms her way under his skin (not literally) and soon he's considering changing his long-term plans to fit her into them.

Some familiar faces, a slightly broken woman finding her place, a prince figuring out what matters to him, a little bloodshed and mayhem, and THINGS falling into place. *thumbs up*

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