Another great book in the Lords of the Underworld series. These books just grow on me as I continue to read. I love the setting and the Lords, I loved that the Hunters are the way they are sorta like the religious fanatic kind who fail to see their own faults and the fact they choose to believe whatever they are taught to believe. Galen did a beautiful job there. I wonder how he can manipulate them to thinking he's an angel and not possessed by a demon. Doesn't he have the tattoo like the rest of them?
This is the story of Sabin possessed by the Demon of Distrust , the most fierce fighter of the Lords, the one who took upon himself (and any who would and did follow him) to destroy the hunters for good. years and years have past and still this is the only reason he finds to living - killing, destroying his enemy. The enemy who took loved ones from him.
Then he meets Gwen for the first time - locked up by the Hunters in a cell while trying to get her weak enough so she could be used for their devious cause. Gwen despise the Hunters but she is no warrior, never have been, unlike her sisters. She is a "good" Harpy or should I write the worst Harpy ever since she dislike her Harpy side and can't control it whenever she gets pissed off and the Harpy takes charge.
At first all Sabin sees is a pure hot weapon to be used in the war against the Hunters. He wants to train Gwen so she would help him on his cause (naturally she would want to avenge her captors). But as they spend more time together he starts to realize his desire for her is much more than the physical one and the way he would do anything to protect her makes it hard on him to even consider using her as a weapon where she could get hurt. Especially since the Hunters want her back and their means of war becomes more and more crazed but mostly organized and specific against the Lords.
Gwen on her side finds it hard to trust Sabin (she doubts herself enough even without his Distrust Demon poking in her brain making it worst) She is so attracted to him, so comforted by his touch but on the same time she really doesn't think she could be this fighter he things she could be. When he brings her to his home in Budapest she agrees only if she can call her Harpy sisters and make them stay with her. Her sisters are the most important thing in the world for her but she fears she would disappoint them by being her scared self and not really knowing how to control her Harpy or being the fierce warrior they are. Her sisters are great fun (and wasn't surprising Anya loves them as well :))and hopefully they would continue to be in the next books. We also get to know about the Harpy's ways which are a bit strange and learn that they are not the trusting kinda type which doesn't help Gwen to trust Sabin more (though she truly wants to).
I was truly going to give this one 5 starts since I REALLY enjoyed it. then came the last chapter and I just got upset :/ I won't write what annoyed me because that would be a HUGE spoiler. I'll just say that I understand the need to "drag" the battle between the Hunters and the Lords but I do think more could have been done to help the Lord's cause.
Besides that I LOVED this book. Gwen is simply a pleasure with her sweet self on the one side and her crazy possessive Harpy on the other :D I loved how the both of them can be bat shit crazy about each other but also fierce in anything they'd do to protect each other. Sabin is so amazingly fierce (yeah, I'm using this word too much because I can find no other to describe just how powerful, possessive, aggressive a warrior he is). I wasn't sure what I would feel about him since he can be annoying in the way he would do and risk anything to get the Hunters down but from the next books you can be sure he won't be THAT obsessive about taking down the Hunters. he's a mated Immortal now, mated to a Harpy who will happily aid him in their war, but he has someone in his life he values more than the need to kill so we'll see a different side to him.
We got a little more of Paris difficulties. I truly feel sorry for him and can't wait for him to be reunited with Sienna (which will suppose to happen in book #9!!! poor thing..). we get to hear a little more of Aeron who is followed by an invisible being which makes Legion very pissed off and naturally VERY possessive (can't wait for the next book about him!). For the first time we have Gideon's POV which isn't as care free as you'd think/ He is more at peace with himself than some of the other Lords which is a nice change (they can't ALL hate themselves..). I guess we'll get more glimpses of what to come with him in the next book since the one after Aeron is his book. We also have more of Torin's POV and learn what's the deal between him and Cameo not to mention a new and really surprising interest. and last but not least we actually hear Amun's voice!
This book was less action in my eyes then the other since most of it was Gwen and Sabin and what happens between them. We had the ending's action naturally but there wasn't the "usual" hunt for the artifact. So if you're waiting for the Lords to obtain another artifact getting them closer to Pandora's box you are in for a disappointment. In my eyes it's not a bad thing since we get to learn a lot more of the Hunter's schemes and had more time to get to know the Lords. I do think I feel quite comfortable with them and who is who :)
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As promised in my previous reviews here are the "Classified Files" containing all the details on all the guys! YAY! :)
They can be found on the "Into the Dark" Novel - containing the pre-novella "The Darkest Fire" (LotU #0.5) and "The Darkest Prison" (LotU #3.5) novella but also more cool staff like Q&A, behind the scenes etc. Later on Gena published just the Companion part (without the novellas) in a book called "Darkest Facts" (so you don't need this one if you have the other..).
Just to let you know the data on the Warriors was published just before the 5th book (meaning we had those guys story already - #1 Maddox, 2# Lucien, #3 Reyes, #4 Sabin) so MOST spoilers will naturally be of these guys, BUT surely some information about the other characters will be revealed during those books so I'm saying - thread with care! :)
I'll be adding this data to all my further reviews of this series.
Maddox / Violence (Book #1)
Eyes: Violet (Note: eyes glow red when angry)
Butterfly tattoo: Upper left shoulder, wrapping around to his back
Other distinguishing marks: Demon’s skeletal face becomes visible through subject’s skin when subject is angered.
Preferred weapon: Fists
Lucien / Death (Leader of Budapest Contingent) (Book 2)
Hair: Black, shoulder-length
Eyes: Mismatched—one brown (normal eye) and one blue (believed to allow subject to see into the spiritual world)
Butterfly tattoo: Upper left shoulder, front of chest
Other distinguishing marks: Face and body are covered in scars. Subject emits an odor of roses presumed to be linked to his demon.
Preferred weapon: Knives. Beware poisoned tips.
Reyes / Pain (Book #3)
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Brown Butterfly tattoo: Chest and neck
Other distinguishing marks: Deeply tanned skin; frequently sports scars caused by self-mutilation Preferred
weapon: Daggers; sword; guns
Paris / Promiscuity (Book #9)
Hair: Varying shades of brown and black
Butterfly tattoo: Lower back
Other distinguishing marks: Subject is widely regarded as the most physically appealing of all the Lords.
Preferred weapon: Sword
Aeron / Wrath (Book #5)
Hair: Military-cropped, brown
Butterfly tattoo: Middle of back
Other distinguishing marks: A pair of black gossamer wings hidden by slits in his back when not in use. Face and body are covered with tattoos of war scenes, weaponry and the demon’s victims. Two eyebrow rings.
Preferred weapon: Subject does not discriminate and embraces any weapon at his disposal.
Torin / Disease (Book #11)
Hair: White, shoulder-length
Butterfly tattoo: Stomach
Other distinguishing marks: Always wears long black gloves Preferred weapon: As subject is confined to the Budapest fortress he has dubbed “the House of the Damned,” he does not generally use weapons but is believed to have gun and sword training.
Sabin / Doubt (Leader of Greece Contingent) (Book #4)
Butterfly tattoo: Right ribcage and waist
Other distinguishing marks: Wears a necklace believed to be a gift to him from his deceased friend, Baden, demon of Distrust, the Hunters’ first victim.
Preferred weapon: Subject used to rely on knives, guns, throwing stars et al, but now, like the coward he is, he prefers to hide behind his Harpy bride for protection.
Gideon / Lies (Book #6)
Hair: Dyed Blue
Eyes: Blue, kohl-rimmed
Butterfly tattoo: Right thigh
Other distinguishing marks: Multiple piercings and general Goth appearance Preferred weapon: All of them. Subject seems to have no specific preference, using whatever is nearby.
Cameo / Misery (What about her? :( )
Hair: Long, black
Butterfly tattoo: Lower back, wings spreading around to both hips
Other distinguishing marks: Her voice is enough to make you want to kill yourself. Earplugs are needed when around her.
Preferred weapon: Semi-automatic, long-range rifles
Amun / Secrets (Book #7)
Butterfly tattoo: Right calf
Other distinguishing marks: Dark skin
Preferred weapon: Things of an exotic nature.
Strider / Defeat (Book #8)
Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Butterfly tattoo: Left hip
Other distinguishing marks: Subject was created, not born, yet has a birthmark on the right side of his buttocks. Small, brown and jagged at the edges.
Preferred weapon: Subject embraces all weaponry.
Kane / Disaster (Book #10)
Hair: Mixture of brown, black and gold
Butterfly tattoo: Right hip
Other distinguishing marks: We are still searching.
Preferred weapon: Rifles and other long-range weaponry