Mini Review: Lords of the Underworld by: Gene Showalter

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Series: Lords of the Underworld
Author: Gene Showalter

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Description: “Long ago, twelve immortals warriors – each more dangerously seductive than the last — stole and opened Pandora’s box, unleashing the evil from within. Now they carry that evil within themselves. Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wrath. When a powerful enemy returns, they will travel the world in search of a sacred relic of the gods – one that threatens to destroy them all.” (via goodreads.com)

Our Thoughts:

  • Showalter does an excellent job of creating an extremely complex mythical universe. At points you will need a reference guide to get through the novels, which is provided for you in the beginning of each novel.
  • We enjoyed that she incorporates many different types of mythological creatures in her novels. In addition to the twelve demon possessed warriors, the story contain, the pantheon of Greek Gods, harpies, fae and a bunch of demons from hell.
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  • Each warrior’s road to love is very different, and the women they fall for vary widely in personalities. No two stories are the same. This aspect of the novels keeps the reader interested and wanting to read more.

  • There is an instant connection between the warrior and lady, whether they decide to acknowledge or act on it. Sometimes the demon inside agrees and sometimes they don’t.

  • Woven within the love stories is the warriors quest for redemption. To right the wrongs they have done, redeem themselves, and rid themselves of their demons. While these men are possessed, they some humanity.

  • Interwoven in these novels are two narratives. One is about the main heros and the other about a couple whose story will conclude in a subsequent novel. This breaks up the narrative in the books and pulls the read in.

Happy Reading!

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