May 8, 2012

The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld #4) by Gena Showalter review

 May contain spoilerish information for previous books!
The Darkest Whisper coverHe is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked.

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 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…

From Goodreads

Sabin hasn't had a woman in years. The last woman he destroyed because his demon couldn't be kept in check has ruined him for all other women. Completely distraught over that incident, Sabin has kept to himself & thrown himself into his work looking for the gods' artifacts. On one such quest he & his fellow Lords stumble upon a nest of nasty Hunters. What's worse is what the Hunters are protecting.

Immortal women, many of them pregnant, are caged like animals inside the temple the Lords raid. They subdue the Hunters intent on torturing them for information. While freeing the women, Sabin's eyes land on one in particular & he is mesmerized. 

Gwen helps Sabin to release the others & finally herself. What he couldn't have known & most certainly didn't expect was that Gwen is a harpy. As soon as her prison is lifted she vanishes, only to reappear covered in a Hunter's blood. Soon enough Sabin realizes what he's found & decides to help her. She refuses to return home like the other immortals so Sabin charges himself with her care & training. 

Despite knowing they should leave one another alone, their animal instincts are drawn to one another. He is the only one able to calm her down & she is the only one who can stroke his fury in a productive manner. With the two combined, there's only one thing left standing in their way... her 3 harpy sisters.

A fabulous continuation of the Lords of the Underworld series, The Darkest Whisper is a very quick read. Sabin is a very quiet character for the most part. His demon does enough for the both of them. Surprisingly he is a caring man with intense emotions that he struggles to control. Granted a lot of that is from pent up frustration & guilt. 

I was most fascinated by his relationship with Gwen. Since we're in a mythological/paranormal world I knew we'd meet other types of immortals, but I never expected to see a harpy! Her alter-ego is just as demanding & deadly as Sabin's demon, so watching these two interact was certainly entertaining. Personally, I was extremely surprised to see how volatile their ... exchanges... were. There was no real tenderness or romance to their tristes, just pure, raw need. Definitely a different take from what we've seen with some of the other Lords & their ladies.

Even better though was when her sisters came to reclaim her. Having not one, but four harpies really allows us to comprehend the severity of Gwen's situation. They also give us a fuller picture of just what we can expect from Gwen & her powers.

Again, this is an adult book, so there is cursing, questionable moral behavior (torture, murder, etc) & definitely some rather explicit sex scenes, but nothing we haven't seen before in Gena Showalter's stuff. A nice continuation of a very long story, The Darkest Whisper was a delectable treat.

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