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The Darkest Fire (Lords of the Underworld 0.5)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  10,891 ratings  ·  456 reviews
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
ebook, 66 pages
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 a
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
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'
Nov 26, 2011 Hayden 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
Me ha gustado mucho. La historia de amor de una diosa y un demonio en el infierno. Relato de apenas 60 páginas, en el que no se nota que las cosas sucedan de manera repentina. Me han dado muchas ganas de empezar la saga.
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
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.
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
I have been wanting to start this series for awhile.

I really enjoyed this short little introduction into how the Lords of The Underworld will eventually come to be.

It packed quite a punch in a short number of pages, and you cared about the hero and heroine.

Maybe not a "traditional" HEA all things considered, but I was happy with how it resolved for the couple.

It is not necessary to read this before the series, but it gave a nice background to the origins of the Lords, and was enjoyable.
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
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
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
Angie (Mind Malfunction)
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Dee England
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
Chrissa Vasileiou
Η αρχή της ιστορίας..Το πώς ξεκίνησαν όλα..Μικρό και περιεκτικό..Διαβάζεται με τη μία,δε σε εντυπωσιάζει και τόσο ρε αδελφέ,μπορείς να ζήσεις και χωρίς να το διαβάσεις, αλλά όπως και να 'χει είναι καλό 'συμπλήρωμα' της ιστορίας που περιβάλλει τους Άρχοντες.Προσωπικά θα μπορούσα να το παραλείψω,αλλά ως γνωστή ψείρας σε κάτι τέτοια,σιγά μην το άφηνα να μου ξεφύγει.. :Ρ
Jessica Uzzo
I enjoyed the middle part of this book quite a bit but I hated the ending and I think a prologue could have really set off the beginning. The tone at the beginning was very stark which was appropriate for the setting of hell’s wasteland. However, if the book had started with the hero’s past giving us some sharp emotion before that starkness it would have really started off with a bang. The plot was definitely intriguing and I though it was fairly well paced for a short. The romance was a little ...more
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.
Ok I should have read this short story first before I started The Lords of the Underworld I got a little more information which makes the first story play more easily for me.

Well, that was bad. XD Gosh, was that bad. Ridiculously bad. XDXDXD Wtf! XDDD
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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
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
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.
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
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Great start! I found myself lost in the imagery of hell, passion, and sacrifice. What do you do when the world is crushing the one you love? What happens when you cannot save them?

I would love to get more from this story, maybe a sequel of these characters. Seeing that i am on the fifth book, i know this series is about love and doing everything in your power to protect that love. Sacrificing anything it takes to ensure peace in your heart.
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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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Lords of the Underworld (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1)
  • The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld, #2)
  • The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3)
  • The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld, #4)
  • The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld, #5)
  • The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld, #6)
  • The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld, #7)
  • The Darkest Surrender  (Lords of the Underworld, #8)
  • The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld, #9)
  • The Darkest Craving (Lords of The Underworld, #10)
The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1) The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld, #2) The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld #3) The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld, #4) The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld, #5)

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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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