1001 Dark Nights: The Darkest Assassin (Lords of the Underworld #14.6) by Gena Showalter
Read: 30th November – 4th December 2019
Publication Date: 10th December 2019
Quote from The Darkest Assassin:
“‘What’s nerdy about loving fun things?’ she [Fox] asked as Legion patted her knee. ‘Trolling internet trolls. Playing Dungeons and Dragons, with actual dungeons and dragons. Bingeing reality TV shows. And, yeah, okay, I know a lot of my favorite shows have sucked this season, letting people break rules while pretending viewers are too stupid to notice.’”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 4/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 4/5
The Darkest Assassin is a novella (approx 211 pages) from Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld paranormal romance series and is the latest book to feature in the 1001 Dark Nights collection. Like all novellas in the 1001 Dark Nights collections, you don’t have to have read any of the previous books in the author’s series to enjoy this one.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I write about how the story was told rather than the plot itself, which means that my reviews don’t contain spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter comes a new story in her Lords of the Underworld series…
Fox is a demon-possessed immortal with many talents.
Ability to open portals—check
Power to kill the most dangerous Sent Ones—check
Scare away any man who might want to date her—mate
Now, the keeper of Distrust has been marked for death, a winged assassin with rainbow-colored eyes tracking her every move, determined to avenge the males she accidentally decimated. If only she could control the desire to rip off his clothes…
Bjorn is a fierce warrior with many complications.
Tragic, torture-filled past—check
A wife he was forced to wed, who is draining his life force—check
Ever-intensifying desire for the enigmatic Fox—mate
Never has he hesitated to exterminate an evil being. Until now. The sharp-tongued female with a shockingly vulnerable heart tempts him in ways no one else ever has, threatening his iron control.
But, as Fate itself seems to conspire against the unlikely pair, both old and new enemies emerge. And Fox and Bjorn must fight to survive.
And learn to love…
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was given an unedited digital version of this book for free from InkslingerPR who are organising the book’s blog tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review or influence my thoughts; these are my words, I’m giving you my honest opinion here.
I must confess, I have read the first few books in the Lords of the Underworld series but had given them a break as they began to feel flat. But. Reading this novella had reignited my interest in this series. Ms Showalter’s writing style is very easy to read; she captivated my imagination with her world building, the complexity of her characters and the balance of violence, humour, passion and romance.
As you can tell by my 5 star rating, I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to getting back into this series.Tweet
I enjoy stories more when they are populated with complex, multifaceted characters – characters tend to feel more realistic when, like us, they live in the grey area between evil and goodness and are shown to be capable of both. The role of the Sent Ones definitely felt very grey to my sensibilities!
While I’m on the subject of characters, if you’ve read my reviews before, then you’ll know that I connect to a story more when the main female protagonist is intelligent, resilient, resourceful and has plenty of gumption; Fox ticked all of my boxes and also came with a wonderful sense of humour (as the quote I chose demonstrates). Bjorn was powerful, deadly and driven but with an air of old knight gallantry lurking underneath his robes that satisfied all of my cravings and although his single-mindedness drove me mad at times, as the main male protagonist in this tale, he ended up being perfect for Fox.
As expected, this story had me blubbering like a baby more than usual and also got my blood boiling with rage, frustration and indignation and while I’ve got to be honest and say that I found certain scenes disturbing and hard to read, The Darkest Assassin also had me laughing my socks off, sent tingles of titillation to all the right spots *blush* and warmed my old romantic heart.
The Darkest Assassin is a self-contained paranormal romance story within an existing world and I loved that there isn’t a cliff-hanger where Bjorn and Fox are concerned, having said that I was left with questions about the threads running in the background which I’m sure Ms Showalter addresses in subsequent books. I’m going to have to keep reading! 😉
I also need to be honest here and say that I did find some of the more violent scenes hard to read – there is plenty of brutal torture in this world – however, I feel this juxtaposition is needed to highlight the need for hope, love and the importance of gumption! 😉
The Darkest Assassin has got every aspect that I look for in a great story; action, romance, humour, a gripping plot-line and well written, erotic sex scenes.
Due to the nature of the storyline, the graphic violence and sexual content, I’d recommend this book to adults who are not offended by content of this nature who are fans of relationship and romance tales with gritty storylines and lots of passion.
I really loved this gritty little paranormal romance novella: I couldn’t stop reading The Darkest Assassin!Tweet
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles.
She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heart-warming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs.
Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my review. I hope that it has tempted you to add this book to your ever growing TBR pile. 😉