The Darkest Whisper

Mass Market Paperback | August 25, 2009

byGena Showalter

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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….

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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 s...

Gena Showalter writes in the genres of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and young adult fiction. She is the author of the Alien Huntress series, Tales of an Extraordinary Girl series, Atlantis series, and Lords of the Underworld series. Her other books include The Stone Prince, The Pleasure Slave, and Catch a Mate. Her books h...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 6.62 × 4.21 × 0.89 inPublished:August 25, 2009Publisher:HQN BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from unforgettable I found this novel a bit slower to start than the rest of the series. Once I got into it though, I couldn’t put it down. It was the best yet. Showalter picks up with her usual polished style that lets her fast paced, emotional, yet still hot & adventuresome story shine through. The suspense, both in battle and in the relationship growing between the main characters, tied me to the pages. Not only that, but the world was developed in such a full & in depth manner that I could easily picture myself in it. Sabin and Gwen may be one of my all-time favourite couples. They are the perfect complement to and counterpoint for each other. Gwen was definitely a unique addition to the cast of characters in this series. She’s so different from everyone else, yet completely loveable. Showalter humanized Sabin throughout this novel as well. We get to know him quite well, and I definitely love the side of him we see in this novel. I really liked how we’re starting to get to know some of the other Lords better now. Each one has such a different view of the situation they find themselves in based on how it affects them. I can’t wait to see how the Cameo-Torin relationship develops later in the series. It’s got me quite intrigued. She also gives readers a deeper peak into what it means to be one of the Lords. And don’t get me started on the Harpies! Such fantastically comical, yet fear inducing supporting characters. Will I be reading more from this series in the future? You betcha! Would I recommend it to others? Without hesitation. Showalter has crafted a world that is a joy to get to know.
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps Getting Better These books just get better and better every time I read one, the stories are always awesome and the characters are amazing. Again not much to say except these books are great ad I can't wait tp get my hands on the rest. :0)
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Whisper is Loud and Clear!!!! I like to talk about all the ways I love this book, I was really disappointed with book 3 in the series even though I loved it. Reyes was keeper of pain, so I expected all kinds of painful lovemaking did I get that? Nope! Reyes needed to call 1-800-TALK-VISHOUS (BDB series) or 1-866-ASK-SHADE ( Demonica Series). Well The Darkest Whisper was a winner, for some darn reason I was fascinated and fell in love with Sabin. Moreover, I love when all the boys get together and just rib each other to death, and it was nice to see other kick a$$ females step in. The women in this series were getting all damsel in distress, now we have women who know how to kick butt and take names like a real man. You don’t mess with the Harpies. This is it here, this series is about the lords of the underworld, men condemned to suffer with demons that they helped unleashed from Pandora’s Box, now every warrior carries a demon within himself or herself. Such as Pain, Lies, Hope, Promiscuity, Violence, Disease and Doubt. This book is Doubt’s story. He is the leader of the pack, caught in war with humans who call themselves hunters; their main life goal is to destroy the lords. Of course, they look over the fact that they are more evil because they would harm anything standing in their way. Sabin just discovered what the hunters have been doing, raping and impregnating immortals, to create their very own lethal army to destroy the lords. As you can tell, they see nothing wrong with that, because raping women is just a part of getting ahead in the war. While searching for artifacts they stumble upon a secret lab with pregnant immortals and women locked in cages. One stands out more than any other does and that is Gwen. This small waif like women isolated from the others, there has to be a reason is Sabin’s mind. Well he gets his answer when she moves lightning speed and rips a hunter’s throat out, before anyone could think to stop her. Gwen is beautiful and small at least that is her outward appearance. Inside she is a Harpy a descendant of Satan, (yeh talk about things you don’t mess with), she is also half angel, yeh somewhere a god is really pissed off, and Satan is boiling with fury. When Gwen meets Sabin its instant attraction, all I wanna get you naked and leave bite marks all over your body. One thing is clear that Sabin can handle anything she dishes out. One problemo is his demon is a b*tch, Doubt needed to be cut down in size and Gwen is right woman to do it, does not come easy though. This book was one twist after another, and I was riveted. I really enjoyed Gwen, she was brave yet scared at times, her determination to keep moving ahead was what got me with her. Plus Sabin’s demon really didn’t have much work when it came to Gwen because she was very doubtful of herself and when she realized her potential, nothing could keep her down. Sabin all the ways I waned him naked, and never doubting who is boss. With no idea of who he was, he ends up being my fave hands down. He and Gwen together, even Satan himself would have been burned. I am talking sexy blood drinking, clawing and biting. Nothing says good times like battle scars. This one has many POV’s, some very shocking and equally disturbing. A few very good surprises and beautiful friendships. For one second I thought guy on guy love but that type of party only happens in my head, my fave book of the series so far. I am dying to see what happens to Paris (promiscuity) and Torin(disease). What will become of the lords only time will tell. 2010-048
Date published: 2010-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Each Book Is Better Than The Last! Falling in love is never easy when you doubt yourself, but it is even more difficult when the demon Doubt is living inside you, constantly whispering to those around you. This is Saban’s problem when he rescues Gwen, a female who is half harpy, half angel from a lab run by hunters who are trying to create the ultimate soldiers that will bring down the Lords. Saban is one of the Lords of the Underworld who is trying to stop the evil Hunters from destroying his friends by recovering Pandora’s box so that their demons can be returned, killing the Lords in the process. This battle has been going on for eons (4 books including this one). When his character was first introduced I didn’t think he could ever be the hero, but this book proved me wrong. I love these books because they aren’t completely focused on the main characters and Showalter does a fabulous job setting things up for the upcoming books. Another thing I really liked was the mention of the character Nix from the IAD series by Kresley Cole. I cannot wait for “The Darkest Passion” (Aeron’s story) due out in June, and am even more excited about “The Darkest Lie” (Gideon’s story) due out in July.
Date published: 2010-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD… NO DOUBT The Lords Of The Underworld is a fantastic paranormal series that I highly recommend reading, filled with sexy, tortured heroes, sizzling love scenes and fun action filled storylines. I enjoyed the first book (Darkest Kiss) loved books 2 and 3 (Darkest Pleasure & Darkest night) however book 4 turned out to be my least favourite in this series and worthy of only 3.5 stars. THE DARKEST WHISPER is Sabin’s story and he’s the keeper of the demon doubt. This gorgeous immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield because his demon forces him to involuntarily destroy friends and particularly lovers self confidence (with the darkest whisper). Victory over the evil hunters and finding Pandora’s Box is Sabin’s only concern until he stumbles across Gwendolyn The Timid, rescuing her from a breeding facility set up by the hunters. Gwen is herself an immortal although unaware of just exactly how powerful that side of her is. She is a ‘Harpy’ which when allowed free reign is a creature even more powerful than the immortals. With opal coloured skin Gwen also bears tiny wings and when enraged fangs, claws and a thirst for blood. It seems that Sabin is the only one able to control her Harpy side and upon realizing her power decides to train her to help in the fight against the hunters. Gwen the timid is full of self doubt so when teamed with the keeper of doubt their relationship is… well pretty doubtful. Luckily her harpy side is strong, able to tune-out Sabin’s demon and lust after the warrior. Sabin unfortunately wants to keep their relationship strictly business for fear that his demon will destroy her but he’s also hearing that awesome alpha male voice in his head, the one that screams “mine” whenever she’s around. Sabin tells himself he’ll just train her like any other warrior but Gwen and her alter ego have other plans. There aren’t as many love scenes here as in past books but the ones that we get are scorching hot and filled with so much hunger that they border on violent. Throughout Sabin and Gwen’s story we are given generous amounts of POV’s and sub-plots from the other immortal warriors and their mates. These sections were my favourite parts of the book; I loved learning more about the secondary demons as Gena Showalter sets the groundwork for their upcoming stories. In particular we hear from; Gideon (lies) and Aeron (wrath) Amun keeps his (secrets) and Torin (disease) and Cameo (misery) have one of their own. Kane flirts with (disaster) while Paris’s (lust) is becoming increasingly heartbreaking as he develops a Phury like dependency. Throughout Anya along with William supply us with much welcomed comic relief. The Darkest Whisper is full of twists and turns, great action scenes, romance and we even learn a few secrets. Unfortunately the ending is anti-climactic, involving a silly story-line revolving around locating and rescuing X-Men (mutant) type children that go to ‘Hunter High.’ However if you’re a fan Of LOTU then I wouldn’t miss this instalment as there are several occurrences that will have a bearing on the next book The Darkest Passion due out 6/2010. This is to be Aeron’s story, which I look foreword to with great anticipation. Cheers.
Date published: 2009-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!!! I was really impressed with this book. It was the fourth of the series and its easy to get bored. However this book was great and it also gave more insight into the other characters and I can't wait to read her upcoming novels and learn more of my favorite characters.
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Plenty of Excitement and Heat! The Darkest Whisper is the fourth installment of Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld Series. Sabin, once an immortal warrior to the Gods, was one of many warriors to open DimOuniak (Pandora’s Box) and unleash terrible demons into the world. As a punishment from the Gods, each of these warriors was forced to house a demon inside his or her body. Sabin is the keeper of Doubt, an insidious demon that slowly destroys a person by causing them to doubt everyone around them and every aspect of their life. In the past, Sabin has taken lovers. His demon not only ruined those relationships, but also caused a lot of suffering for the women, even leading to suicide in one case. Sabin knows he cannot possibly take another lover because he cannot control his demon and he doesn’t want to hurt anyone else, but he struggles to maintain such a strong resolve once he lays eyes on Gwen. Gwen, a very timid half harpy half angel, was kidnapped by the Hunters a year ago. When Sabin and some of the other immortal warriors attack the Hunters on Hunter turf, he released her from her prison. Gwen is nervous of Sabin and doesn’t know whether she can trust him, but she’s intrigued by him and feels an attraction brewing within her. Instead of letting Gwen go on her own, Sabin insists that she stay with him and the other warriors. Gwen struggles to decide whether Sabin is trying to protect her or hold her prisoner like the Hunters did. The plot of this novel goes a little astray from the artifact finding plot of the previous novels, but I greatly enjoyed the shift. It presented a lot of interesting revelations about the Hunters and the inner workings of their organization that will most definitely make the novels to come even more exciting and electrifying. The Darkest Whisper focuses on themes of trust and betrayal as well as weakness and strength. This is particularly visible with Sabin and Gwen, but Showalter also plays with these themes on a larger level that affects the plot as a whole. There were many active subplots that added extra adventure and passion to the novel that revolved around Paris, Aeron, and Torin. I can see at least one of these subplots working into the plot of an upcoming novel. I initially went into The Darkest Whisper not liking Sabin. I found him to have a cold, emotionless attitude from the glimpses of him in the previous novels, but I walked away from this book liking him a lot more and understanding him much better. He is a complex character that undergoes a big shift in his thinking and reevaluates his priorities during the course of the novel. On the other hand, I liked Gwen from the start. She has a distorted vision of herself, and she struggles with her self-image, but her vulnerability and false notions of weakness made her realistic and easy to relate to. Like Sabin, Gwen does grow and change throughout the novel to become a stronger person. Since Gwen is half harpy, the novel explores the abilities and limitations that harpies face. I found that to be one of my favorite aspects of the novels because I had not previously encountered harpies in my paranormal reading. The Darkest Whisper was NOT lacking in sensuality and steam, and not all of it came from Gwen and Sabin. It felt like Showalter added a little bonus steam between more minor characters as a present to the reader. The build-up to the steamy scenes was long enough to tease, but not long enough to frustrate. There was an element of conflict between Gwen and Sabin during most of the novel which added intensity during the more passionate moments. Many characters from previous novels were revisited or touched on during the course of The Darkest Whisper. Anya actually had quite a nice role which delighted me because she’s my favorite female in the series. Another characters that I was glad to see again was Aeron’s little demon pal Legion. New characters were added to the series, and I hope to see them explored further in upcoming novels. Showalter creates some of the niftiest characters. Overall, I’d rate The Darkest Whisper 4.5 out of 5. There was plenty of suspense, mystery, and passion to keep me up at night reading. This is a must read for those who have read the first three novels, but I wouldn’t recommend reading the series out of order because a lot of details would be overlooked that way. I cannot wait for the next two books in the series to come out in 2010!
Date published: 2009-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He can be my hero Sabin who has the demon of Doubt, rescues a woman he can't take his eyes off of, but his war comes first. Gwen is something more than just another girl, she is also part demon. With Sabin's help he trains her to be a better fighter, and fights to control his own feelings for Gwen. He is also the only man to calm her evil side and excite her like no other man has before.
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely great loved the book, loved the whole series, can't wait for the next one to come out. love the characters and that she keeps you informed about them in each new books.
Date published: 2009-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another fabulous book to add to the Lords of the Underworld series. This is one of few novels and series where you’re technically pulling for the bad guys. Yes I know they’re not bad any more but these guys did get a bit of a reputation for being the badest of the bad for a very long time. Like the other novels in this series this one is also fast paced, sexy, dangerous, interesting and full of surprises. However every book seems to bring their own set of character differences to the table, which is good, that means the main characters are fresh and new, while the foes stay cruel, deranged and dangerous.
Date published: 2009-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I want MORE! It's another entry into the Lord of the Underworld series. This time it's Sabin's turn to fall for someone. It should be noted that this book is a bit of a crossover with another author's series. Kresley Cole writes a series called Immortal After Dark. Gena Showalter has borrowed from the mythos of that series to create one of the characters for this book. The Lords attack a Hunter stronghold and find that it's a breeding center. Women, IAD women, are kidnapped, raped, and impregnated. Their children are taken away from them and raised to be hunter. They are trained to use their special powers, gained from their mothers, against the Lords. When the Lords free the women from the breeding center they find a women even the hunters are afraid of. Gwen the timid is a harpy. Actually she's half harpy half angel(so she thinks). And she has some control issues with her powers. If she gets angry, or scared, she blacks out, turns harpy and goes on a killing spree. She wakes up a while later and usually friend and foe alike are dead or dying. Once Sabin sees her won't let her go. Once she see Sabin she doesn't really want to be let go.(ok she eventually doesn't want to be let go) It's a pretty good book. Meanders a little here and there. Probably just set up for future books. Looks like the next new full book in this series is going to be out Jun 2010 with The Darkest Passion. Aeron's story.
Date published: 2009-08-23

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Sabin, keeper of the demon of Doubt, stood in the catacombs of an ancient pyramid, panting, sweating, his hands soaked in his enemy's blood, his body cut and bruised as he surveyed the carnage around him. Carnage he'd helped create.Torches flickered orange and gold, twining with shadows along the stone walls. Walls that were now spattered with vivid red, dripping… pooling. The sandy floor was thick like paste, wet and colored black. Half an hour ago it had been honey brown, grains sparkling and scattering as they'd marched. Now bodies littered every square inch of the small corridor, the scent of fatality already rising from them.Nine of his enemy had survived the attack. They'd already been stripped of their weapons, hustled into a corner and bound with rope. Most trembled in fear. A few had their shoulders squared, their noses in the air, hatred in their eyes, refusing to back down even in defeat. Damned admirable.Too bad that bravery had to be quashed.Brave men didn't spill their secrets, and Sabin wanted their secrets.He was a warrior who did what needed to be done, when it needed to be done, no matter what was required of him. Killing, torturing, seducing. He didn't hesitate to ask his men to do the same, either. With Hunters— mortals who'd decided he and his fellow Lords of the Underworld made good whipping boys for the world's evil—victory was the only thing that mattered. For only by winning the war could his friends finally know peace. Peace they deserved. Peace he craved for them.Shallow, erratic rasps of breath filled Sabin's ears. His, his friends', his enemies'. They'd fought with every ounce of strength they possessed, each of them. It had been a battle of good versus evil, and evil had won. Or rather, what these Hunters considered evil. He and his brothers-by-circumstance thought otherwise.Yeah, long ago they'd opened Pandora's box, unleashing the demons from inside. But they had been punished eternally, each warrior cursed by the gods to host one of those vile fiends inside himself. Yeah, they'd once been slaves to their new, demonic halves, destructive and violent, killers without a conscience. But they had control now, human in all the ways that mattered. For the most part.Sometimes the demons did fight… did win… did destroy.Still. We deserve to live, he thought. Like everyone else, they suffered if their friends were hurt, read books, watched movies, gave to charity. Fell in love. Hunters, though, would never see it that way. They were convinced the world would be a better place without the Lords. A utopia, serene and perfect. They believed every sin ever committed could be laid at a demon's feet. Maybe because they were dumb as shit. Maybe because they hated their lives and were simply looking for someone to blame. Either way, killing them had become the most important mission of Sabin's life. His utopia was a life without them.Which was why he and the others had relinquished the comforts of their Budapest home to spend the past three weeks searching every godsforsaken pyramid in Egypt for ancient artifacts that would lead to the recovery of Pandora's box—the very thing Hunters planned to use to destroy them. Finally, he and his friends had hit the jackpot."Amun," he said, spotting the soldier in a far, dark corner. As usual, man blended perfectly with shadow. Sabin motioned toward the captives with a grim shake of his head. "You know what to do."Amun, keeper of Secrets, nodded forbiddingly before striding forward. Silent, always silent, as if afraid the terrible secrets he'd gleaned over the centuries would spill from him if he dared utter a single word.Seeing the hulking warrior who'd ripped through their brethren like a knife through silk, the remaining Hunters took a collective step backward. Even the brave ones. Wise of them.Amun was tall, leanly muscled, with a stride that was somehow both purposeful and graceful. Purpose without grace would have made him seem normal, like any other soldier. The combination allowed him to exude the kind of quiet savagery usually found in predators used to bringing their prey home between their jaws.He reached the Hunters and stopped. Scanned the thinned crowd. Then shoved forward and grabbed the one in the center by the throat, lifting him so that they were eye to eye. The human's legs flailed, his hands clutching Amun's wrists as his skin blanched."Let him go, you filthy demon," one of the Hunters shouted, jerking on his comrade's waist. "You've killed countless innocents, ruined so many lives already!"Amun was unmoved. They all were."He's a good man," another cried. "He doesn't deserve to die. Especially at the hands of such evil!"Gideon, the blue-haired, kohl-eyed keeper of Lies, was at Amun's side in the next instant, batting the protestors away. "Touch him again, and I'll kiss the hell out of you." He withdrew a pair of serrated knives, still bloody from his most recent clashes.Kiss equaled beat in Gideon's upside-down world. Or was it kill? Sabin had lost track of Lies's code.A moment passed in confused silence, the Hunters trying to figure out what exactly Gideon meant. Before they could decide, Amun's hostage stilled, wilting completely, and Amun dropped him to the ground in a motionless heap.Amun remained in place for a long while. No one touched him. Not even the Hunters. They were too preoccupied with reviving their fallen cohort. They didn't know that it was too late, that his brain had been wiped, Amun the new owner of all his deepest secrets. Perhaps even his memories. The warrior had never told Sabin how it worked, and Sabin had never asked.Slowly Amun turned, his body stiff. His black gaze met Sabin's for a bleak, tormented moment in which he couldn't mask the pain of having a new voice inside his head. Then he blinked, hiding his pain as he had a thousand times before, and strode to the far wall while Sabin watched, resolute. I will not feel guilty. This has to be done.The wall looked the same as any other, jagged stones piled on top of each other and rising at a slant, yet Amun placed one hand on the seventh stone down, fingers splayed, then his other hand on the fifth up, fingers closed. Moving in sync, he twisted one wrist to the left, one to the right.The stones pivoted with him.Sabin observed the proceedings with awe. Never ceased to amaze him, what Amun could learn in a few heartbeats of time.Once the stones settled into their new positions, a crack formed in the center of each, branching up, down, aligning with a streak of space Sabin hadn't noticed before. A section of the wall pulled back… back, and finally began to inch to the side. There would be a gaping doorway when it finished, wide enough for an army of hulking beasts like himself.As it continued to widen, cool air blustered through the catacombs, causing the torches to sputter and crackle. Hurry, he projected to the stones. Had anything ever moved with such agonizing slowness?"Any Hunters waiting on the other side?" he asked, sliding his Sig Sauer from his waist and checking the clip. Three bullets left. He dug a few more from his pocket and reloaded. The custom silencer remained in place.Amun nodded and held up seven fingers before standing guard at that ever-widening chasm.Seven Hunters against ten Lords. He didn't count Amun because the man would soon be too distracted by the new voice in his head to fight. But gods knew Amun would still (silently) demand to be included in the action. Still. Poor Hunters. They didn't have a chance. "They know we're here?"A shake of that dark head.No cameras watching their every move, then. Excellent."Seven Hunters is child's play," Lucien, keeper of Death, confirmed as he slumped against the far wall. He was pale, his mismatched eyes bright with… fever? "Go on without me. I'm fading. I'll soon have souls to escort, anyway. And then I'll have to flash our prisoners to the dungeon in Buda."Thanks to the demon of Death, Lucien could move from one location to another with only a thought and was often forced to usher the dead into the hereafter. That didn't mean he himself was immune to destruction. Sabin frowned over at him. Studied him. The scars on his face were more pronounced, his nose out of joint. There was a bullet wound in his shoulder, one in his stomach, and from the looks of the crimson stain spreading from his lower back, his kidney."You okay, man?"Lucien smiled wryly. "I'll live. Tomorrow, though, I'll probably wish I hadn't. A few organs are shredded."Ouch. Been there, had to recover from that. "At least you don't have to regenerate a limb."From the corner of his eye, he saw Amun flash hand signs."Not only are there no cameras installed, but they're in a chamber with soundproof walls," Sabin interpreted. "This was an ancient prison and the masters did not want anyone to hear their slaves screaming. The Hunters are completely oblivious to our presence, which should make it easy to ambush them.""You don't need me for a simple ambush. I'll stay behind with Lucien," Reyes said, sliding to his ass and propping his back on a stone to hold himself up. Reyes had been paired with the demon of Pain. Physical agony brought him pleasure and being injured actually strengthened him. While fighting. When the fight ended, however, he weakened like anyone else. Right now, he was more battered than the rest of them, with a cheek so swollen his line of vision had to be shit. "Besides, someone needs to guard the prisoners."Seven against eight, then. Poor Hunters. Actually, Sabin suspected Reyes wanted to stay behind to guard Lucien's body from the enemy. Lucien could take it with him to the spirit world only when he was strong enough, which he probably wasn't now."Your women are going to give me hell," Sabin muttered. The two had recently fallen in love, and both Anya and Danika had asked only one thing of Sabin before the warriors left for Egypt: bring my man back safely.When the boys arrived home in this damaged condition, Danika would shake her head at Sabin in disappointment as she rushed to soothe Reyes and Sabin would feel slimier than the mud on his boots. Anya would shoot him exactly as Lucien had been shot, then comfort Lucien, and Sabin would feel pain. Lots and lots of pain.Sighing, Sabin eyed the rest of the warriors, trying to decide who was good to go and who needed to remain behind. Maddox—Violence—was the fiercest fighter he'd ever known. Right now the warrior was as blood-soaked as Sabin and panting for breath, but he'd already moved beside Amun, ready for action. His woman wasn't going to be any happier with Sabin than the others.Slight shift, and the lovely Cameo came into view. She was the keeper of Misery, as well as the only female soldier among them. What she lacked in size she made up for in ferocity. Besides, all she had to do was start talking, all the sorrows of the world in her voice, and humans were likely to kill themselves without her ever having to lay a finger on them. Someone had sliced at her neck, leaving three deep grooves. It didn't seem to slow her down as she finished cleaning her machete and joined Amun and Maddox.Another shift. Paris was the keeper of Promiscuity and once upon a time, he'd been the most jovial among them. Now he seemed harder, more restless with every day that passed, though Sabin couldn't fathom what had caused the change. Whatever the reason, he currently loomed in front of the Hunters, huffing and growling and so keyed for war he vibrated with brutal energy. And though there were two gushing holes in his right leg, Sabin didn't think the warrior would be asking to rest anytime soon.Beside him was Aeron, Wrath. Only recently had the gods freed him from a curse of bloodlust where no one around him had been safe. He'd lived to hurt, to kill. At moments like these, he still did. Today he'd fought as though that lust still consumed him, hacking at and mauling anyone within his reach. That was good, except…How much worse would that bloodlust be when the next fight ended? Sabin feared they would have to summon Legion, the tiny, blood-hungry demon who worshipped Aeron like a god and was the only one who could calm Aeron during his darker moods. Unfortunately, she was currently doing surveillance work for them in hell. Sabin liked to keep up-to-date on Underworld happenings. Knowledge was power and one never knew what one would be able to use.Aeron suddenly slammed a fist into a Hunter's temple, sending the human to the floor in an unconscious heap.Sabin blinked at him. "What was that for?""He was about to attack."Doubtful, but just like that, Paris cut whatever invisible tether had been holding him in place and swooped through the rest of the huddle, methodically punching the Hunters until every single one of them was down."That should keep them calm as Amun for the time being," he rasped darkly.Sighing, Sabin switched his attention yet again. There was Strider, Defeat. The man couldn't lose at anything without enduring debilitating pain, so he made sure to win. Always. Which was probably why he was digging a bullet out of his side in preparation for the battle to come. Good. Sabin could always count on him.Kane, keeper of Disaster, walked in front of him, ducking as a shower of pebbles fell from the ceiling, plumes of dust spraying in every direction. Several warriors coughed."Uh, Kane," Sabin said. "Why don't you stay here, too? You can help Reyes watch the prisoners." A flimsy excuse and they all knew it.There was a pause, the only sound to be heard the scrape of stone against sand as the doorway continued that slow glide. Then Kane gave a clipped nod. He hated being left out, that much Sabin knew, but his presence sometimes caused more problems than it solved. And as always, Sabin placed victory above his friends' feelings. It wasn't something he enjoyed doing, wasn't something he'd do in any other situation. But someone had to act with cold-blooded logic or else they'd always lose.With Kane out, that made the coming battle seven against seven. Totally even. Poor Hunters. They still didn't stand a chance. "Anyone else want to stay behind?"A chorus of "No" circled the chamber, eagerness dripping from the different timbres. An eagerness Sabin shared.

Editorial Reviews

""A fascinating premise, a sexy hero and non-stop action, The Darkest Night is Showalter at her finest."

-New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning