Pandora was charged with guarding a box which housed the darkest of demons. That is until a group of warriors attacked her and opened the box, releasi...morePandora was charged with guarding a box which housed the darkest of demons. That is until a group of warriors attacked her and opened the box, releasing the bad of the bad. As a punishment the gods cursed each warrior with a demon. Now man is bound to his demon. Lucien has been charged to house the demon of Death, and with it the responsiblity to take souls to Heaven and Hell. His demon has become his life, the only thing he allows himself. His appearance is scarred so no woman could ever love him only to die and he would have to escort her soul to the afterlife. His attempts at keeping women at bay has worked until now; until Anya entered his life. For weeks, she had been following him even into the afterlife. But for what reason.
Cronus; the god king; has commissioned Lucien to kill Anya for reason he does not reveal. The more Lucien tries to kill the woman, the harder it is for him to follow through. As he struggles to find a solution he also reveals clues to artifacts that could lead to Pandora's box and possibly end his suffering with Death. Anya, as the goddess of Anarchy tries her best to defy all law and make Lucien fall in love with her. Yet she is bound by a curse of her own and a strong will to protect what is hers. She also holds a mysterious key that could be the answer to Lucien's dilemna. If only she would give it over to him.
As the Lords of the Underworld search for the artifacts Paris,keeper of Promiscuity, is weakened and Aeron,keeper of Wrath, escapes his prison intend on killing innocent women. In his weakened state Paris disappears and the warriors are uncertain of his whereabouts. Aeron filled with bloodlust flies away to find the women he was ordered to kill as Reye, the keeper of Pain, struggles to stop him.
So many different things occur in this novel, but it all sets the stage for future novels and the storyline to go with them. The Lords of the Underworld are fighting for their lives to find a way to stop the Hunters and find Pandora's box before they do. But they are trapped at every turn as if someone is giving the Hunters information that the Lords know. In this novel, the Lords find a break through in learning about the artifacs and how they can find them. Showalter knocks it out of the park once again with this novel. She shows love is a powerful thing.
The character she creates in Lucien is such a tortured soul; craving to be love, yet afraid of the very thing. He is a character that commands respect for his undying loyalty to his friends, and at the same time evokes compassion when he is pulled to escort souls, something that tears at his heart. In this novel he was forced to choose, the friends he was so loyal to or a woman he was beginning to love.
Anya is the strong woman we all desire to be. She fights to protect herself and vows to never allow anyone to make her feel inferior and not worth her value. She struggled to keep her independence even though she knew once she fell in love, she would be bound to that man. While Anya is a strong character, she is also jovial and energetic. She is intent on hiding her true feelings to protect not only herself, but the man she loves.
Showalter weaves a story of love and betrayal around every corner. She sets the stage for future novels to pick up where this one leaves off. Will the Lords find the artifacts? Will Aeron kill the women he was order to kill? Why did Paris desire the same woman twice? Only the future will tell. (less)
Long ago the gods entrusted Pandora with a box full of all the world'sworst demons: pain, wrath, doubt,lies, and others. A group of warriors challenge...moreLong ago the gods entrusted Pandora with a box full of all the world'sworst demons: pain, wrath, doubt,lies, and others. A group of warriors challenged Pandora and the gods, and opened the box release these demon into the world. As a punishment the gods forced each warrior to house a demon to protect the world. Thus brings life to the Lords of the Underworld. Now they are in search of Pandora's box so they can be once again free from these demons. But they are not the only ones searching for the box, a group known as the Hunters are searching for it as well in order to destroy the Lords.
For the warriors every day is a struggle, especially Reyes who does not find peace and pleasure unless he continously causes pain to others or himself. He is the keeper of Pain. That is until he meets his "angel", Danika who is able to subdue the demons desire for pain to be inflicted. Danika and her family have been marked by the gods for death, but they don't understand why. Aeron, the keeper of Wrath has been charged with this order. The more he resists the more bloodlusty Wrath gets.
While the warriors search for the artifacts that would lead them to Pandora's box, Reyes helps Danika find her family as well as tries to resist her. He fears she will become consumed and tainted by his demon. As they fight the Hunter together the stronger their bonds gets and he cannot resist her, nor she him. Both parties are searching for the All Seeing Eye, but no one expects where it will turn up,and how it will help the Lords (or the Hunters) find the box.
I am a fan of Showalter, but I admit I expected a little more with this novel. I expected more from the demon of pain rather than his need to harm himself in order to find sexual pleasure. Only once in the novel did Reyes allow Pain to take over and destory the Hunters, I would have liked other scenes to have included the power of this demon. The romance between Reyes and Danika was a sweet one, they are a compelling couple, but the sexual scenes were a littl mundane, nothing exciting and out of the ordinary. Again I expected more, but I respect Showalter for focusing more on the plot and the building trust in the relationship.
While the story is enjoyable and continues the plot line of the Lords of the Underworld, there are moments where the story digresses to another story such as that of Paris and his love for a woman he couldn't have, and that of Sabin who has a past with the Hunters. She does forshadow a lot within this novel, in order to set up others and leaves readers wanting to continue reading to see if the Lords do in fact find the relics and then ultimately Pandora's Box.(less)