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The Darkest Fire (Lords of the Underworld 0.5)

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He is the guardian of hell, more monster than man. She is the goddess of oppression, more angel than woman. Together they will enter the flames to battle a dangerous horde of demon lords -- and discover a passion unlike any other....

Don't miss this sizzling prequel to Gena Showalter's breathtaking new paranormal series, The Lords of the Underworld! Though they carry an ete...more
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Published 2008 by HQN Books
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“… without good, there would be only evil.”

The Darkest Fire is a prequel to the Lords of the Underworld series, actually the love story of Geryon, the Guardian of Hell and Kadence, the goddess of Oppression. Their task is to watch the wall and gate of Hell and make sure that neither soul nor demon ever escapes.
He was a slave to the prince of darkness, spawned by evil; she was a goddess, created in light.

One day Kadence discovers a crack in the wall, which leads to a desperate and doomed att...more
So I feel horrible in saying this but I thought this prequel was awful. It came with the Lords of the Underworld Bundle I bought from Amazon for my Kindle. And actually, when I started reading it I thought I was reading The Darkest Night. I'm reading along, thinking the way the story is written and the dialogue is so cheezy I can hardly continue. But I keep thinking, I know I really like this author, and she gets really good ratings, so this must get better. So I'm reading, reading, thinking, I...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Very interesting, very hot short story from Gena Showalter. "The Darkest Fire" is the prequel to her 'Lords of the Underworld' series. To be honest, I think I liked this short story best of the series yet. It's a mixture of fantasy and romance and Showalter's take on the sacrifices required for love according to ancient myth.

She is the goddess sentenced to maintain watch on the underworld and her duty has bonded her to the wall that contains the demons of hell. He is the guardian at the gate, wh...more
Terrible! LOL. I read this by chance, I actually wanted to read the last book in GS's Atlantis series and this short story was before that one. What can I say ... I just thought this was a lame story with no plot at all and a very -VERY- cheesy romance. It didn't change in nothing the knowledge I had about the LOTU series. I really would suggest people who don't enjoy novellas and short stories much to skip this as it wont help you discover anything new about the Lords. I am even being a bit nic...more
Laura the Highland Hussy

3.5 stars

This is a LotU prequel. But not really. It is about the Guardian to the gates of Hell named Geryon, and the Goddess of Oppression Kadence.

He was a man who sold his soul to save his wife, who then left him for another man. Very tragic. Kadence is bonded to the wall of hell in order to keep all the demons in there...and you guessed it, the Lords' demons. In fact, Pain, Lies, Doubt and Violence are the ones who crack the wall. Kadence bargains with Lucifer to get Geryon'...more
Hayden Casey
Nov 26, 2011 Hayden Casey rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Sherrilyn or unabashed smut
Recommended to Hayden by: Walmart low price
THE DARKEST FIRE is not for me.
When I bought the Gena Showalter collection, I didn't realize that it was going to be like Sherrilyn Kenyon all over again, smutty and containing no self-respect. It kind of makes me sad I even bought it. I don't think anyone in their right mind would want to read this.
This is how the plot goes, just like every other smut novel:

Guy: OMG I get a boner every time I look at her!

Girl: OMG get away from me you psycho stalker freakazoid!

Guy: NOOOOOOOOOZ! Don't go away! I...more
Merve  Özcan
Zulüm tanrısı ile cehennemin girişnin koruyan bir iblisin hikayesi. Zulüm tanrısı,cehennemin kapısındaki duvara tanrılar tarafından ölümlüler dünyasını korumak için bağlanmıştır, iblisler bu duvara saldırmışlardır. ve duvar çökerse tanrıça ölecektir.Lucifela yapılan bir anlaşma ile bu gardiyan ile cehenneme giriş yaparlar. ve aralarındaki çekim artar. gerçi gardian onu ilk gördüğü andan beri boş değildir.Hey burada bir tanrıçadan bahsediyoruz. hepsinin güzel olması gerekiyor değil mi ama? Şiddet...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
I wasn't expecting to like this that much as after reading the first three books of the Lords of the Underworld series I already know that this isn't going to end well for the Goddess of Oppression. However, after a few pages I was hooked and I really enjoyed this really short (90 pages approx) story. It is a Beauty and the Beast story, with a beautiful woman and an ugly man-thing. But you can see why despite his appearence, although he does have some very cute little demon horns, she fell in lo...more
It seems funny to call a steamy story about goddesses and demons in hell sweet, but that's how this struck me. It's a beauty and the beast story, except that in this case beauty feels pretty beastly too, and the both of them spend much of the story feeling insecure and wondering if the other could ever possibly like them. In this case, hell seems mighty similar to high school. There's kind of a cool twist at the end that leads into the "Lord of the Underworld" series, but no real need to read th...more
I read this LOTU prequel short story in the Into the Dark anthology and although it's an okay read, I didn't really gain any further insights into the series and it's just a bit too short. 3 stars.
Lady Jaye

This is my first Gena Showalter. It didn't quite live up to my expectations, especially since I've heard people speak so highly of her books.

For one thing I did expect much better writing. However, I did not see the ending coming at all, and that was good.
Mar 23, 2011 Carolina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PNR romance readers and anyone starting to read the Lords of the Underworld Series
I'm kinda late starting one of my March challenges books "The Darkest Night" which is part of the "Lords of the Underworld" Series. So, I decided to do things properly and read the prequel first, to have better understanding of everything.

Now "The Darkest Fire" was a nice introduction for me. I have practically no knowledge whatsoever of what demons do or don't do in hell except cause pain and yada yada. I personally don't believe in hell, but whatever, let's keep going. OBVIOUSLY, as a person...more
I do not believe in devaluing books as I am of the opinion that every book is as unique as every reader's preferences are. Usually, I am more lenient than I should when rating a book....well, not in this case.
Out of respect for such a great author as Ms Showalter I will say that I felt this novella was rushed, to say the least!

Kadence, the Goddess of Oppression, has been appointed as the one responsible for the wall surrounding Lucifer's Hell, thus keeping the Demon Lords from entering the realm...more
Angie (Mind Malfunction)
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Donna J
There wasn't a lot to this story, but that's the nature of short stories/prequels. I picked it wanting to get a bit of background before starting a group/buddy read of book 1 - The Darkest Night.

I listened to the audio version of this story. The narrator did a brilliant job. His voice was wonderful!
Ilse Snell
This was bad.
Really bad.
Mainly because although it gives you the preface as to what happened for the Lords of the underworld to escape Tarturus; too much is added into what is to be an anthology. Making the story appear super rushed and unfulfilling. And I know, I know…. It’s an anthology, and a 70-odd page of “how the villains escaped to sow destruction on man kind” is really not something to split hairs over. Actually, all would have been well if that was it. But it wasn’t. Included in the vil...more
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Michele Realitybitesblog
Very short story, I think only 60 some pages. A lot happened during those pages though. I had a very hard time wrapping my head around all the things going on in this story. And I have to admit, it was not one of my favs.
Patricia BookExhibitionism
Well, that was bad. XD Gosh, was that bad. Ridiculously bad. XDXDXD Wtf! XDDD
3.5 Stars - Prequel to Showalter's Lords of the Underworld

Darkest Fire, available so far only as an e-book, is a short story that is a prequel to the Lords of the Underworld series but it is completely standalone, no Dark possessed Lords here. Instead it is the story of the origins of the box which originally imprisoned the demons before being intrusted to Pandora. It is a beauty and the beast style romance between the beastly Guardian of the Gate to the Underworld and the beautiful Goddess of O...more
This is the first time I am reading a book by Gena Showalter and I was interested in finding out about her books since I have heard so much about them.

I did enjoy the book and felt heartbroken at Geryon's torment and suffering that I found it hard to read at one point, it hurt so much. Although Geryon and Kadence's relationship may seemed rushed to some for me it didn't since these two had seen each and been in each other's presence for centuries. What perhaps I wished to have seen more, or per...more
This is me having a break from anything that requires too much thought. Going back to my old reliable dirty paranormal het romance! I have a few series to catch up on! I deny that they're totally trashy, I only read the ones with plot and a fantasy element!

In this prequel to the Lords of the Underworld series, Geryon is a Guardian to the gate of hell, and Kadence is the Goddess of opression, banished to the outskirts of hell where her spirit is bound with the wall so that she has to protect it....more
Vicky K.
This is certainly another beauty and the beast type story. (A short novella).
“He is the guardian of hell, more monster than man. She is the goddess of oppression, more angel than woman.” Yep, that just about sums it up. While I liked this story, and the character had some emotional depth, I would have enjoyed the story if there was more to it. More time to advance the relationship, develop the world etc.

As it was it felt too fast for the type of love it would take to overcome the guardian’s ph...more
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Geryon, is the Guardian of Hell, standing at the gates because of a long ago deal with Lucifer. With only one job for eternity, he does it well, never being allowed to wonder from his post. Kadence, Goddess of Oppression is also banished to guard the wall of hell to protect the human kind from the demons that dwell below. Finding a crack in the wall, Kadence gets Geryon to help, but in the end, can one guardian and one goddess stand against all of hells demons?

What a way to start a new series, s...more
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
I didn't expect the legend of Pandora's box to be used in this way. The Darkest Fire was interesting and it captured me from the beginning. The romance was sweet and the ending was unexpected. I do know that the Lord of the Underworld series is an Adult Paranormal Romance, thus, I expected a more mature content as well as language.

The problem I found in this book was the way it was written. Yes, the story and concept were interesting but the writing was rather childish. I felt like I was readin...more
When the wall separating Hell from mankind begins to crack and fall apart, a Goddess and a smitten demon go on a quest to save the world.

Granted it has literally been YEARS since I read a LOTU book (and I have actually only ever read the first one), but this prequel novella doesn't really inspire me to dive into the series any further. The writing seemed very over the top and corny at times. Especially when the demon is waxing poetic about how much he loves the Goddess, but how she will never lo...more
4 Amazing Mythology Love-and-Longing Stars!

The Darkest Fire is a stirring mythological tale of good vs. evil and love transcending death.

This prequel is my first exposure to the Lords of the Underworld series, which I will definitely continue reading...
Nay Denise
Gena Showalter did a great job with this novella prequel to the Lords of the Underworld series. This prequel followed the guardian of the hell, Geryon, and the goddess of oppression, Kadence, and their relationship with and to one another.

Geryon stands guard at the entrance between hell and Earth. He is to make sure no one leaves hell and that the damned enter hell. Kadence is the warden for his area. She is connected to the wall separating hell and Earth -- physically bonded to it so she feels...more
Zel Polev
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

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“They seemed to fall forever. Geryon retained an iron-edged grip on the trembling Kadence, her hair whipping around them like angry silk ribbons. She didn't scream something he'd expected, but she did turn and wind her legs around him, something he had not.” 3 likes
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