Review: The Darkest Whisper, by Gena Showalter

  • Title:  The Darkest Whisper
  • Author:  Gena Showalter
  • Series:  Lords of the Underworld #4
  • Genre:  Adult, Paranormal Romance
  • Category:  Demons, Gods & Goddesses
  • Website:  http://members.genashowalter.com/
  • Challenges:  TBR

Note:  This is the 4th book in the Lords of the Underworld series.  If you would like to read my reviews of the first 3 books in the series, please click the following links:  The Darkest Night, The Darkest Kiss, and The Darkest Pleasure

Summary:  This is Sabin’s story. Sabin is the immortal warrior who was cursed to be possessed with the demon of doubt. His demon has the ability to get into a person’s head and fill him/her with so much doubt that they slowly fall apart or make stupid choices or kill themselves. For this reason, Sabin has given up the idea of having a mate for fear of driving any woman to her demise.

Eventually Sabin meets Gwen, a Harpy who’s been a captive of the Hunters for a year. Gwen has more speed and strength than even the warriors do, but she doesn’t know yet how to manage her power. Sabin takes Gwen under his wing to train her as a warrior and eventually they fall in love.

Beyond the love story, there is also the continued effort to locate one of the two remaining artifacts that will help them find the box they seek. We also find out that the Hunters have been raping other-worldly females in order to gain immortal warriors of their own by impregnating the women and stealing their young to form a supernatural army.

Review:  I’ve said in all of my reviews of this series that it has a soap opera feel to it. It’s got that over-the-top drama thing going on. This book is no different in that respect. If you’ve enjoyed the series up to this point, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this installment as well.

Most of this book was standard issue LOTU stuff. Unfortunately the end left a lot to be desired. Sabin (as well as the other warriors) allows Gwen to make a dumb mistake that could hurt them all. And while she was making the bad choice, they all just stood there and watched it happen.  This was completely out of character for all of the men, so I just couldn’t buy it.

Another thing that felt wrong was that the warriors sent the supernatural children off to live with adoptive parents after they are rescued. Gwen knew who the mothers were because she was imprisoned with them. Why wouldn’t the surviving mothers have had the opportunity to raise their own children?  It was assumed by the warriors that the mothers would not want the children because of who the father was, but that really isn’t the kind of decision you can make for someone else.

Other than these two issues, I thought the book was pretty good. It was entertaining and steamy (although not quite as steamy as some of the earlier books), and the plotline was interesting.

I can’t seem to give more than a 3 star rating to any of the books in this series. They are all okay. I’m sure I’ll continue reading them because I have gotten used to the story at this point. It’s just not as well written as other series I’ve read.

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2 Responses to Review: The Darkest Whisper, by Gena Showalter

  1. Ron C. Nieto says:

    That gorgeous cover could have conned me into buying the book. Or rather, gorgous guy in the cover…

    Anyway! While I tend to expect this kind of books to be slightly over the top and to have some inconsistencies, there’s a line to cross on that whole stand-by-while-girl-makes-wrong-choice. Bringing the characteres out of themselves just to force a plot point ruins the plot point. I think I’m going to pass on this one… for now, at least.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Holjo says:

      Hi Ron! This series definitely has some HOT book covers. That might be why I keep reading them! Who could pass that up on a bookstore shelf?

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