“The Darkest Craving” (Lords of The Underworld) by Gena Showalter
Date Published: August 1, 2013
Published by: Harlequin HQN
Review by Wendy Dawn
Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him—a beast he’s determined to kill, no matter the price.
Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy—her royal family—and Kane is her only source of protection. He’s also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart…or die together.
“The Reviews are in”:
The latest installment of the Lords of the Underworld series does not disappoint. Gena Showalter’s art of storytelling is astonishing. Her muse has not failed her in this current novel. There is no limit to her vivid imagination and the new worlds she creates to entertain readers.
Each character Showalter creates finds its way into reader’s hearts. She keeps a well-adjusted balance of action and romance; both genders can find something to look forward to with each installment of this series.
Kane, the keeper of Disaster, is normally the one left behind for everyone’s safety. This has played a toll on the strong and virile warrior. Constantly wanting to show his worth to his fellow warriors his story is full of sacrifice and honor.
He was thousands of years old. He’d only had four serious girlfriends in his lifetime. Although, for a while, he’d had string of one-night stands.
She was beautiful, funny and sweet, and he heard one word every time he looked at her. MINE.
And he didn’t want a “MINE”. ~Kane on women and Josephina
After spending time in the depths of hell, under the control of minions, Kane did not want to be touched. Especially in a sexual way and definitely not by a female, this caused the memories to resurface from the cave in Hell. However, his calling to Josephina being his MINE begins to over ride any revulsion he possesses. His demon, Disaster, has many MINEs. Any strong female warrior or mischievous woman sparks Disasters desire to claim. Including Josephina’s half sister, Princess Synda, who is the keeper of the demon Irresponsibility.
Kane’s character is written as a man with many layers he is a warrior, a keeper of a demon and a lonely man. During the course of this storyline he grows into something more, for the first time in the series he is seen as an equal among his peers. They all care for their brother in arms, but he has always been a liability until now.
Josephina is a half human-half fae; she is the king’s daughter and made to take the punishments for the full blooded and crowned Princess Synda. Josephina’s life is that of a servant. She is constantly being physically punished for the irresponsible acts her sister commits; due to the fact, Synda is the keeper of Irresponsibility.
When she comes across Kane in Hell during one of her punishments, she agrees to take him to the human realm if he will kill her. She is seeking an end to her misery. Never did she think Lord Kane, who is like a rock star to the Fae (all the Lords of the Underworld are), would break his promise. She even tries to enlist one of the other Lords to fulfill Kane’s promise.
The warrior blinked, shook his head. “You’re serious aren’t you? You actually WANT to die.”
“I don’t want to, no, but I need to,” she whispered, the anger giving way to defeat.
Kane swallowed a roar, remembering her words in the cave.
~Strider (Keeper of Defeat) and Josephina discussing Kane’s promise in the cave inside Hell
Unable to see her value, a defeated Josephina returns to the Fae realm. Kane and the warrior William follow. Of course with William come his children the four horsemen, who do see value in Josephina.
Josephina is a tragic Cinderella character. She is written with many skills however, she also has many traditions and loyalties breed into her. Her breeding is her weakness. Once she begins to see past whom she is supposed to be according to Fae society and decides it is better to live than die, her life actually begins.
Prince Charming is supposed to be Kane, but it can also be argued that Josephina does just as much rescuing him as he does her. Fairy tales do exist, they just need a modern spin, and Ms. Showalter does a magnificent job.
*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.
– The main male character of the story. Heroine – The main female character of the story. Story/Plot/HEA (Happy Ever After) – The over all story line and culmination of the main plot or theme.