Thursday, May 15, 2008
Review - The Darkest Night
Title: The Darkest Night
Author: Gena Showalter
Publishing Date: May 2008
The Darkest Night is the first book in the series Lords of the Underworld. Maddox was once an immortal warrior of the Gods until he screwed up big time. He and a number of other immortal warriors like him attacked Pandora and allowed what was in her box to escape. The box was full of demons. As punishment, the Gods put a demon in each warrior and Maddox received Violence. With Violence residing inside Maddox, he himself becomes consumed with a violence that he cannot always control. He unwillingly hurts others and himself conflicting all sorts of damage on his surroundings.
Ashlyn Darrow, all her life, has heard voices. When she is around other people she can hear their thoughts constantly bombarding her. If she is in a room where others have had a conversation, she can hear the conversation after it has taken place. The voices never stop until she is with Maddox. She hears of the Angels on the hill and goes to find them hoping that they can help rid her of her “gift.” As soon has she meets Maddox, she is frightened by his ferocity and yet all the voices stop.
I had a few issues with this book because there is so much going on in this story. First off, there are a slew of warriors; each with his own demon housed inside him. At first it is complicated trying to keep them all straight, but after a while they sink in. Then, halfway through the book, the reader is introduced to another batch of warriors and the confusion starts all over again.
I also had a problem with Ashlyn. She was very wishy-washy in the first half of the book. When she first meets Maddox, she begs him not to leave her. However, as soon as she gets to his home, she tries to run away the first chance she gets. I didn’t understand her motivation and she just ended up annoying me. Towards the latter half of the book, she does become more consistent in her feelings for Maddox.
I think the romance suffered because Showalter had so much world building to do in this first book. I also think that there were too many plot devices going on outside of the romance and this overshadowed Maddox and Ashlyn’s relationship. This was not the best romance, but it was an interesting story. I think there is potential in this series so I will be reading the next book to see if it gets any better. A more likable heroine and less plot devices would be an improvement in my mind.
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