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The Darkest Fire

(Lords of the Underworld #0.5)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  14,638 ratings  ·  659 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, 72 pages
Published January 1st 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
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
I decided to do a reread of this series as it's been years since I read any Gena Showalter and they are on Audible romance package. I remember when I read this years ago it was just okay for me, and it's still just okay with me. It's kind of a backstory for the series, but when(view spoiler) it takes something away from the HEA. I remember book one being one of my favorites I hope I still love it as much :) ...more
“… 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 an
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
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
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
Sep 20, 2009 rated it liked it

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
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
This is my third time reading "The Darkest Fire" which is a proluge novella for the "Lords of the Underworld" series.The strangest thing is that i haven`t even read any other books in the series,have no idea why.I found this novella some years ago and found it extremely touching.Geryon the Guardian of hell was a beast of a warrior,but so humble and vulnerable that i wanted to hug him!He find his true love in Kadence goddess of Opression who i found very wonderful as a heroine.I am so happy these ...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.
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.
This was a nice introduction to the series.

I read the first book (The Darkest Night) a few years ago and had planned to re-read it and then finish the series so I could be all caught up in it but I've been seeing a lot of reviews of the latest books and I'm starting to hesitate to continue my planned re-read. I can't decide on what to do :(
I found this one ....weird lol. I dont think the characters and their relationship were developed enough,as the book starts with them having seen each other had a couple of interactions chapters later they're in love. The origins of the box was interesting though. ...more
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.
Pam Nelson
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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 ;)

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"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, Mise
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...
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.
Sara Reads (mostly) Romance
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
im so ready for this series
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
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
Shelves: 2012, novella
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!
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.
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
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.
Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)
A very interesting start to the series. I liked that this prologue shows how the demon lords escaped. I liked Kadence and Geryon. They had a beauty and the beast type romance going there.
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over seventy books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series, the Gods of War series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Forest of Good and Evil series. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family an ...more

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Lords of the Underworld (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld, #2)
  • The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld, #3)
  • The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld, #4)
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  • The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld, #6)
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