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A must have book for those that love the Lords of the Underworld
on 8 April 2010
"Dark Beginnings" is a veritable feast for fans of GS's Lords of the Underworld and a must have for those that love this breed of tough, bad, immortal heroes. Glut yourself on short stories, real interviews, fictitious interviews, a FAQ section and some titillating titbits on what could have happened and what will happen in this series.
The Darkest Fire
Previously released in e-book format, this is a short, sad tale which ultimately reveals the history of Pandora's Box. Prior to the creation of the box, it is Kadence; the Goddess of Oppression who guards the walls of Hell which keeps demons such a Violence, Death and Lies trapped away from the mortal world. Yet the wall has begun to crumble, and as Kadence unites with Geryon; the animalistic Guardian of Hell to battle their enemies, they find themselves falling in love.
The Darkest Prison
Nike, the Greek Goddess of Strength and Victory has been imprisoned in Tartarus following the rise of the Titans under the command of Cronus, yet a Titan holds a personal grudge against her and wants to exact his own punishment. Atlas, God of Strength wears the name of his enemy Nike vengefully branded across his chest when she discovered he had seduced her to escape his own imprisonment centuries before and he plans retribution. Of course, this pair fail to realise they love each other, yet both will defy the will of the Gods to ensure the safety of the other.
The Darkest Angel
One of the Elite Seven, Lysander; a golden winged warrior angel has found the one thing that could ever tempt him, the one thing that could bring about his potential downfall. Enter Harpy Bianka Skyhawk; a demonic creature who has captured the heart of one of Heaven's most powerful angels. Lysander may love Bianka however he is determined to hide her from his friends until he has moulded her into the kind of woman more acceptable to his kind. The fireworks flare as the two battle each other for dominance whilst denying their growing feelings for each other.
This is a great short story but a note to all fans, "The Darkest Angel" was only recently released several months ago in the anthology "Heart of Darkness". This story reveals Aeron's (Wrath) intended love match and sets the scene nicely for his own book "The Darkest Passion" due for pub. in June. Eager fans can read the second chapter in this book, which includes the scene in which Aeron and Olivia meet physically for the first time.
A Bonus Guide
This is well worth the read for several reasons. Although this guide does include a rather gushy interview between GS and her friend and fellow romance author Kresley Cole (which becomes somewhat annoying as they continually praise each other's works), a few interesting LOTU titbits are revealed, such as Gideon's intended match. Do not read any further if you wish to remain in ignorance, but I for one am looking forward to Gideon battling a woman who not only takes everything he says at face value (and she knows he can ONLY LIE lol) but a woman who also happens to be the keeper of the demon of Nightmares. Luckily this book "The Darkest Lie" is due for publication fairly soon in July.
Another "bonus" is a set of interviews carried out by William (Anya's immortal friend who is now an honorary Lord) as he asks the LOTU a variety of questions. These are fun fun fun all the way followed by brief moments of violence as the Lords react to odd but certainly intimate questions posed by the witty William. Then again, I was certainly interested in the answers and now think William should have pushed for more details ;)
There is also the first few chapters of the original version of Violence's story included; however I very much prefer the different road GS decided to take with this series. Phew, all done I think. As I first mentioned, there is plenty to interest in this book (despite the duplication of "The Darkest Angel") and certainly enough to pique your interest in forthcoming books in this series.