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The Darkest King: William's Story

(Lords of the Underworld #15)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,405 ratings  ·  277 reviews
To become a king of the underworld at long last, William must resist an irresistible beautyor a curse will ensure his end

A merciless prince feared by all

Cursed by a vengeful witch, William of the Dark will die if he ever falls in lovemurdered by the woman who steals his heart. His lone shot at redemption is a book filled with indecipherable code. Break the code, break the
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by HQN Books
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Yessenia Andaverde No, there are more books in the way. There are things that need to be done and couple's stories to be told.…moreNo, there are more books in the way. There are things that need to be done and couple's stories to be told. (less)
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Gena Showalter
Feb 20, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

The Darkest KingWilliam's story, is now available!

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I hope you guys will love William and Sunny's story. Thank you for all your love and support!

Wishing you the very best,

Gena Showalter
May 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
'Sunny' the Unicorn shifter as the love interest, I think I just peed myself laughing - neighhhh!

The Darkest Kings new cover reveal


Goodbye William, you were once an interesting character but now you be Unicorn whipped.


And here it is the final Fuck You to Gilliam fans in all its glory.



Gena: Its not about what you want its what you need
Me: well thanks



For the Gilliam fans who find themselves reading my review I can definitely recommend you something to ease the pain we have all been feeling

Sophia Triad
Surprise! William's story is next!

William and Sunny

If sex had a voice, it was William's.
Husky, low and deep, an auditory caress that reached every atom of her being.
-Sunday "Sunny" Lanr

...and apparently Sunny is a shifter unicorn!

I sincerely hoped that
1. She is not a dumbell,
2. She is not an Anya lookalike
3. She is not compared to Gillian all the time
4. She does not behave like a warrior princess with pink nail polish and glossy lipstick
5. She can convince me that William can fall in love
Laura :)
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gena Showalter did a FANTASTIC job with Gillian, Puck, and Williams story. Im so HAPPY that they arent together because they WERENT a good fit. She is intertwining more plot and secrets to be revealed and as someone who has read this entire series up to the very end, yes. I was rooting for William and Gillian but Im so excited for a brand new character that we have not seen yet to be with William! Like dude... SOMEONE so BADASS that we have not yet been introduced to is going to be Williams ...more
Tanya Romanucci
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE December 15th 2019
I can't believe the release date is only 2 1/2 months away!
I feel like I've been waiting years for this release and don't know what I'll do with myself once its finally in my hands!
UPDATE July 20th 2019
Can we talk about that cover!!
I'm still waiting patiently and I'm still excited!!!
FINALLY!! In one year William's secrets will finally be
Jan 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Williams' long-awaited steaming pile of crap book and is apropos to wrap up this sub-par, poorly-written, third-rate series. Puck this.

But I am delighted at the laughable, slap in the face to the Gilliam haters...Willy is being paired with a freaking unicorn shifter! I am laughing so hard. Those rooting against abuse survivor Gilly as "too soft" were hoping that golden boy Willy would be paired and tamed by a hardass, smart-mouth, ball breaker like that harpy sister Aliyah (sp). Well, the joke's
Jul 23, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
One of the last living UNICORN SHIFTERS Sunday Sunny Lane works (...) Then the darkly seductive William abducts her, holding her captive in Hell (...)

Wait... Unicorn shifters?


Even after the #GILLIAM betrayal, I was willing to give this series another chance.

But GURL... Gena is making it so hard to keep supporting her.

William's HEA is... I just... I can't.

I want to laugh my a** off, because I mean COME ON GUYS... F**king UNICORN SHIFTERS lol, but I feel too
Kat Witmer
And let me guess...the female lead is going to be some smart mouthed, feisty, ball buster that will give William a run for his money because that's exactly what this series needs is another OTT female! HARD PASS, in fact, I'm still nursing my snit from Gillian's big ole FU book that I'm gonna pass on the series for quite a while. #stilldisappointed
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BEST BOOK OF 2020!!! No. I dont need to finish out the year to make sure that statement is accurate. IT IS.

I laughed, cried, cheered, shouted and swooned.


Ive been waiting YEARS for Williams book and Gena did not let me down. It was everything I hoped.

Everyone whos been throwing temper tantrums like spoiled children because the heroine is a WOC unicorn shifter? Im giving all yall ignorant trolls the double fisted unicorn salute. I absolutely adored Sunny and want to be her BFF.


Side note: Im tired
Jun 27, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
One of the last living unicorn shifters...

I repeat: Our heroine, Sunday Lane, one of the last living unicorn shifters.

A HORSE. First Gilly gets a Goat and now William gets a HORSE.

Look Gena. I know, I KNOW I told you to go and read Wet Goddess, that book about a dude falling in love and fucking a dolphin's brains out, as inspiration. I know I said that. And I'm sorry. I take it back. Please stop writing about goats and horses and dolphins having sex with everyone's favorite characters.

Only it
Jan 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
what's the point of this story if william is not ending up with gilly?

i don't understand how the author can make us happy???


all those years of shipping gilly and william and then the author just smacks me in the face by not pairing them.

and do you know how much my heart is going to hurt to see william with another romantic interest????? BUT NOOOOOO....THE AUTHOR DOESN'T CARE.

over this series. glad that it's finally going to be over.
3/14/2020 Complete.

What follows is a painful recording of my thoughts of a book that has been heavily anticipated, fanatically praised/criticized by readers, and one that has sat on my mind for a long while now. Please understand that this is just one persons point of view.
Sorry if it doesn't match yours homie, but leave your hate at home, cause no one has time for that.

Oh sweet mother of mehh....

Up until this point I had previously forgotten that I had even pre-ordered The Darkest King, with
Feb 14, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oooh, William!!!

The last book I've read in this series was The Darkest Touch, and it was a disappointment.

But William!! I love William!

The Anxious Bookaholic
Review to come


Oh my god, I am so excited about this book! What are William's secrets? How will he deal with falling in love with someone so soon after losing Gilly? Who is going to be his partner? Does anyone have any speculations about the potential Mrs. William?

Also are we gonna see more of Siobhan? Honestly I am so happy that William's book is next that the only thing that can make me happier if Gena comes out and says Viola's book will be following.

Putting 5 stars
Shauna Gray
Jul 24, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I am beyond excited for this book. To all the haters, y'all beating a dead horse. If William didn't end up with Gilly before now, then it wasn't going to happen. I know its been years and we all wanted to see it but lets be realistic for a minute. If it was meant to be then Gena Showalter would have wrote the book years ago.
◊♦ Naomi
Weve all been waiting for Williams story for years and all I can say is that, it was worth it. I loved learning all about William, his past, his secrets, his feelings! Yes! William the Ever Randy has lots of them. Sunny is a new character and she is amazing! Shes exactly what William needed, shes not afraid of him, she doesnt fall at his feet and she challenges him in the best way. Showalter delivers with The Darkest King, she took risks and they paid off. This book also introduces a few new ...more
Lucy Qhuay
Jul 18, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

18th of July, 2019
Are you telling me William's supposed fated mate is a unicorn shifter? A FUCKING UNICORN?

Really, Showalter? A unicorn? That's childish and stupid. All I can imagine is this

Are you going out of good ideas? What now? Hey, we also don't know what exactly is William. Maybe he's a panda.

Really, what can I say about this clusterfuck?

Spoilers ahead, 3.5* not quite 4 but what the heck?

I was not a fan of the idea of the William/Gilly pairing and loved Puck so I'm so down for this! Can't wait!


We begin this tale with Ever Randy's tragic backstory and the beginning of his relationship with both Lucifer and Hades as well as the circumstances of his curse. Many years later he's trying to find someone to translate his book. With Keeley's help he zeros in on some who can do it.
Sunny is one of the few remaining unicorns of her
Sorry not sorry. Not gonna read it.
Shay McNeil
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Im seeing so many people complaining about Gena not pairing William with Gilly. But the thing is its her story, her plot line. And then theres people saying she paired Gilly with a goat but if you know Greek mythology where she is basing the majority of her plot off of. Pan is a satyr and also the god of lust and oh wow Puck is a satyr. coincidence?

Thats all I have to say. Im going to keep reading this series until it ends.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ive always said this but i will say it again: gilly was too soft for him. Seriously. He needs a woman who will crush him inside out - metaphorically of course and i dont think gilly is capable of that.

Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once the book actually does release, it would be nice for prospective readers to not have to wade through all the Gilliam complaining to get genuine reviews. If youre not happy with the direction of the story, move on. The author shouldnt have to apologize for wanting to stay true to her vision over pleasing a faction of readers. Yes, people pay to read these books, but that is a choice no one has, or will ever force you to make. None of the people making flippant, poorly thought out criticisms ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's everything you've been waiting for and more!!

William's story is amazingly written! I can't even begin to say how and why I love it so much without giving things away. All your burning questions are answered in this wonderful story of lust, love, betrayal and reconciliation.

Sunny is definitely the one for him! She gives him hell like no other Lord or Angel/Sent One has gone through with their woman and that's saying something! Their first meeting ends in lust and bloodshed. The insults she
Vinita Singh
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dang I didn't mean to add stars ;x I am very much looking forward to Willy's story!! Can't wait to meet his woman! I'm actually glad it wasn't Gillian, and I really adore her and Puck together. I hope I love Willy and his lady (or man) just as much =D
Feb 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I certainly do not understand if everyone is reading the same book that I am and write so high reviews, but to each their own and I respect their opinion, just as much as you respect mine, and with that being said this entire book felt empty of everything, character & plot development, and don't even get me started with the cave style dialogue that it's getting old and ridiculous 🤨🤔. I mean a unicorn shifter as a love interest for William, glitter bombs and rainbows..... It's just sooo ...more
Feb 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Probably will get a lot of flack for this, but honestly I don't care if William gets a happily ever after. He's always been a thorn in my side since his introduction and his getting teased over crushing on Gilly was the only thing that kept him from being completely ignored when his scenes appeared in the books. I'll add it to my collection because I've been with this series for a long time, but the likelihood of my reading it is slim to none.
I throughly enjoyed this read. I know there are a lot of people out there who have feelings in regards to William and Gillian, but heres the thing, Gillians had her book. Gillian is happy with the turn of events. William is happy with Gillians turn of events. Not every true love has to be a romantic love, Gillian and William will always have an especially close bond because they grew up together in many ways and I appreciate that Gena gave them that.

With this book, first and foremost, I Loved
Mecca-Amirah Jackson

whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy is that even a thing?

For William? I understand why he didn't end up with Gilly (evennnnnn though it destroyed years/books/ $$ of character development between them but that's another argument) but c'mon an unicorn shifter?

Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 4.5 Epic Stars
See the full review at HarlequinJunkie

The Darkest King was an epic new installment in Gena Showalters long-running Lords of the Underworld series that had me enthralled with the battle scenes, as well as laughing and happily sighing over the steamy but adorable pull between our perfectly paired hero and heroine.

Note: There was a bit of controversy after book 14, The Darkest Warrior, paired Gillian up with Pucknot William, whom a lot of readers thought would be her
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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 ...more

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