Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter
2009, HQN Books
Series: Book 4 of Lords of the Underworld

Synopsis: He is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked.

Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern…until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.

Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love…

The Good: The Darkest Whisper is about Sabin, the keeper of Doubt. This works so well in a story that I'd love to just read more about Doubt as a being. Doubt whispers (hence the title) to people. Makes them wonder, makes then second guess themselves and everyone around them. I generally like the focus on the Lords and would rather ignore the Hunters all together. Here, the Hunters work. Their role in the story makes the book even better. Instead of just being an unending stream of foes every single book, they're doing something here. Serving some sort of purpose towards the progression of the series as a whole.

The Bad: Gwen is the perfect target for Doubt. She's consumed by it before Sabin even enters the scene. The problem here is her constant doubt is unnecessary, as Doubt would have effected her enough. Making her weak in the beginning of the book only to make her strong in the end feels more manufactured than it should. I understand she needs to grow as a character, but it's just so hard to care about a character when they start with the potential to be a strong being but fear alone makes them weak.

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