He is ice…
Puck the Undefeated, host of the demon of Indifference, cannot experience emotion without punishment, so he allows himself to feel nothing. Until her. According to ancient prophecy, she is the key to avenging his past, saving his realm and ruling as king. All he must do? Steal her from the man she loves—and marry her.
She is fire…
Gillian Shaw has suffered many tragedies in her too-short life, but nothing could have prepared the fragile human for her transition into immortality. To survive, she must wed a horned monster who both intrigues and frightens her…and become the warrior queen she was born to be.
Together they burn.
As a rising sense of possession and obsession overtake Puck, so does insatiable lust. The more he learns about his clever, resourceful wife, the more he craves her. And the more time Gillian spends with her protective husband, the more she aches for him. But the prophecy also predicts an unhappily-ever-after. Can Puck defeat fate itself to keep the woman who brought his deadened heart back to life? Or will they succumb to destiny, losing each other…and everything they’ve been fighting for?
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The Darkest Warrior
(Lords of the Underworld #14)
by Gena Showalter
“It was a truth universally acknowledged that a married girl in possession of a dagger would eventually stab her husband.” –Ginny
The LOTU have been a favorite of mine for many, many years. It’s absolutely one of my favorites from Gena herself as well. There’s just something about these characters and this world that, once you’re in, makes you feel like you’re home. I can never specify which character is my favorite because every time a new book in the series comes out that one is claimed as my favorite…at least until the next release! But in all honesty….Gillian aka Ginny has been a character I’ve not only fallen in love with, but have connected with on such a deeper level than with some of the others. I was so excited to find that The Darkest Warrior was her happily-ever-after and even though it wasn’t what I wanted at first, Gena Showalter proved that it was exactly what I needed Ginny to have. In. Every. Single. Way. For those of you who refuse to read this book due to her HEA not being William…I get it. I mourned the loss of a relationship that will never come to light, and in the beginning of this book I felt as if I wasn’t going to be able to connect with Puck (probably out of spite), but you know what…I remembered what an incredible storyteller Gena is and how much she loves these characters just like we, the readers and fans do. So after that realization, I pulled on my big girl panties and decided if Ginny and Gena could give Puck a try then I could too.
The start of this book gives a lot of inner monologue from Puck and I think it, in a way, helps readers get his POV and character type. After awhile, and a lot of his inner thoughts, later I started to see what Gena did. He has this vulnerability about it that you can’t help but love. With Ginny it’s like he’s experiencing his own self for the first time right there with her. They shared so many amazing moments; his patience and love for Ginny truly showed throughout this whole book. I loved how he only had eyes for her and he truly believed in her and her abilities.
“Life is a revelation to him. I’m a revelation. He lights up when he experiences new things with me. He appreciates ho hard I’ve fought to get where I am now. Though he’s possessed by Indifference, he does care for his people.”
Believe it or not I fell even more in love with Ginny. We all know she’s such a strong, realistic character, but when she finally grows into herself throughout this book, she’s truly magnificent. I think when the readers see what Ginny goes through in this book and with the evolution of her character, they will understand her relationship with William better. This book gives us both Ginny and William’s perspective on this a little bit and what their relationship with each other really means and how deep it truly goes. Even though I wanted William for Ginny, I see that their relationship is so much more than physical or attraction, but familial. Puck is her passion, her reason for being, and the one who loves her not despite her strength and the person she is now, but because of it. William is her ground, the steady hand that will always be there to catch her in life and bring her back up from the ashes because he too knows all too well what those ashes feel like.
Overall, I loved this book hard. Gena gives us this fascinating world with these two characters who grow with each other and find love and passion even when all the odds are stacked against them. It was utterly….beautiful.