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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
ebook, 66 pages
Published 2008 by HQN Books
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This was a prequel novella that told of the events leading up to the creation of Pandora's box. A nice, quick audiobook, it was a great way to pass a couple of hours. It definitely enticed me to read the rest of this series, which I plan to start immediately.

Geryon and Kadence are tasked with keeping the demons and doomed souls in Hell contained. They've worked beside each other for a long time, never daring to act on, or address, their mutual attraction. Geryon does not deem himself worthy of t
“… 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
Sophia Triad
Geryon: Guardian of Hell,
Kadence: Goddess of Oppression

Geryon is unattractive as a monster. Kadence is beautiful as an angel.
This is another version of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale, which serves as an excellent prequel for the Lords of the Underworld. It will explain the origins of Pandora ’s Box.

Although it is a short novel, the love story is strong and fulfilling.
Very enjoyable book!

She loved him, just as he was. Horns, fangs, claws and all. Wait—loved? Oh, yes. She loved him. She ha
Jul 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
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)
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
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
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
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'
Suzanne (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
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.
Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Kübra Yağmur
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Aslında seriye doğru düzgün başlamadan bir ara kitap okumanın ne kadar doğru olduğunu düşündüm, sorguladım. Ama başladım bir kere, diye düşündüm devam ettim sonra. İyi ki de öyle yapmışım. ^.^
"Those cracks were not there yesterday," she said. "What has caused such damage?"
"A horde of Demon Lords rise from the pit daily and fight to break out. They have grown tired of their confinement here and seek living humans to torment."
"Have you their names?"
He nodded. "Violence, Death, Lies, Doubt, Misery
Nov 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Chitra *CJ*
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
That was a bittersweet yet wonderful start to the "Lords of the Underworld" series.
The story of Goddess of Oppression Kaderin and the guardian of gates of the hell Geryon introduces you to the world of demons and glimpse into their sweet love story.
The ending wasn't expected and made me tear up.
Technically a HEA, because it's just the beginning.
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.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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...
Pam Nelson
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3and3-5-stars
The Guardian of Hell falls for the Goddess of Oppression, she was also connected to the wall between Hell and world.
Now that I am in to book 1 a bit, I can understand why this book was in with this series. It was all about Pandora's Box.

A little confusing until it all clicked in my brain ;)

*All my Reviews are 100% honest and my own.*
Tracy Ehlers
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this novella to introduce a new series! Awesome quick read
Would recommend to all friends that love paranormal.
3.5 Stars...This prequel novella tells the story of Kadence, the Goddess of Oppression, who is the warden of Hell; and Geryon, a man who sold his soul to Lucifer and became beast now acting as the Guardian to the gates of Hell...although these two characters have known one another for centuries, they have never spoken or interacted...both secretly attracted t one another, these characters are thrust together when the wall at the gates of Hell begins to crack due to the Demon Lords attempting to ...more
Angie (Mind Malfunction)
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Ezinwanyi  (Oh My Shelves)
2.5 stars
I am not sure how to rate this book. It was okay. It was too short for me to really get a feel.
I realize it was a prequel introducing Kadence & Geryon. Maybe this book will make more sense after I read The Darkest Night.
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.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Es una historia corta, que me hizo poner los ojos en blanco tantas veces...

La historia seguramente no es de las que te cambia la vida, ni nada por el estilo. Yo esta saga la estoy leyendo con Lara y Val y nos lo tomamos con humor, porque es la única forma de tomarlo.

Yo por mi parte la estoy leyendo porque me río de lo ridículo que es, no porque me entretenga.
Nuha Zabreen
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars (cuz it made me 😭)

Loved loved the goddess of oppression and her beautiful beast....
It is just that, a 'I'm gonna rip your heart out, throw it on the ground and stomp it to bits' kinda beauty and the beast retelling/story...
You would wonder how one could feel their love so deeply in just a short little novela ( which damn sure could have been a full out novel/book! ) but the author somehow manages it....
Tbh i went into it with a bad feeling though, having read a few books in the series
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Lords of the Underworld (1 - 10 of 14 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)
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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
“The pound of footsteps suddenly echoed and the flames several feet in front of her parted. Finally. In strolled Lucifer, as carefree as a summer day. “I’ve been waiting for your return,” he said in the silkiest of voices. He even grinned, the expression pure wickedness. “What can I do for you, my darling?” 0 likes
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