Sunday, March 8, 2009

Keeper of Death

She has tempted many men... but never found her equal until now.

Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, the goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucian, the incarnation of death-- a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.

But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining...

Title: The Darkest Kiss
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld, Book 2
Start & Finished: 11/22/08- 11/23/08
Published: June 1, 2008
Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 368
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series Official Site

Death, anarchy, things that have been around since the dawn of time… or according to Gena Showalter, they are people. One is a being named Lucian that the Gods created to protect them and when he and his fellow guards opened Pandora’s box and let out the demons, they became the vessels which held them and the other is a Goddess- the Goddess of Anarchy, but she goes by Anya. Their story is told in Showalter’s second book in the Lords of the Underworld series Darkest Kiss.

Again, another satisfying story in the Lords of the Underworld series as Anarchy and Death are a match made in heaven... or somewhere at least. There are other Lords I would have liked to explore better but I did enjoy Lucien's story a lot more than I expected to. Like Malcolm, Flowers' (aka Lucien keeper of the demon Death) mate also accepts and embraces the demon and despite how much I admired Ashlyn, Anya is the best heroine ever! Tough as nails, vulnerable, and still a feisty firecracker too. It also doesn't hurt things that she's genuinely funny too.

It made perfect sense for these two to fall in love and although Showalter's penchant for having her heroines all be virgins is a little annoying, she at least gives good reasons! Unlike in the first book Darkest Night, where the other side plots didn't bother me at all, I was a little more eager to get back to the main story during Darkest Kiss. Not that I don't like Reyes and Danika (whose story is next) and I'm rooting for Paris to find his own mate one day but I just couldn't wait to find out what Anya and/or Lucien would say/do next!

Gena Showalter plans on continuing this series like J.R. Ward does her Black Dagger Brotherhood books, with each of the “Brothers” or in this case “Lords” finding their own mates in each new book. I know Reyes' (Pain) story is next with Darkest Pleasure and then Sabin's (Doubt) story in The Darkest Whisper but I'm most looking forward to Paris (Promiscuity), Torin (Disease), Strider (Defeat), and maybe Aeron (Wrath) finding their happily-ever-afters soon. Of course, there are actually quite a few more Keepers of the demons from Pandora's box but those are the ones that made a real impression on me.

Lords of the Underworld
1. The Darkest Fire ebook (2008)
2. The Darkest Night (2008)
3. The Darkest Kiss (2008)
4. The Darkest Pleasure (2008)
5. The Darkest Whisper (2009)

Links: Author Wikipedia, Showalter Blog

Picture Explanations
Pink Lollipops: Anya’s favorite candy, one she is hardly ever without
Hydra: The guardian of The Cage of Compulsion
More to come


  1. I read the name Anya and immediately thought of my cat. :-) This sounds like an interesting story, Jen.

  2. I love this whole series, so I am glad to hear you are enjoying it as well :)

  3. You can pick up your award here:

    :) Wendy

  4. I haven't read any books in this subgenre. Maybe I'll try one, one of these days.

  5. Wendy: Anya is such a pretty name :)

    Mo: I'm eagerly awaiting the next one!

    Wendy: Aw, thanks so much =)

    Lenore: It's one of my favorites!

  6. I'm reading this now. You found the lollipop photo! lol.
    sorry I couldnt be of help with the pics, I havent had much online time.

    I'm looking forward to Reyes story.
    And I wonder how she will handle Paris' story?

    great review!!

  7. I've only read a YA book by Showalter and enjoyed it. I hope to read more of her books soon. This one looks pretty good.

  8. Naida: That's okay! Can't wait to see what you think of Darkest Pleasure...

    MonieG: I've thought of picking up one of her YA novels but I haven't done so yet. This is a great series though so I hope you try it if you get the chance!

  9. I think you already know how much I love this series. She isn't writing them fast enough for!



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