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Review: Into the Dark by Gena Showalter

Into the Dark by Gena Showalter
Paranormal Romance, Anthology, Demons, Mythology
Mass Market Paperback (HQN, 400 pages, $7.99)
ISBN# 0373774516
Three otherworldly tales from the master of paranormal romance…and a brand-new Lords of the Underworld bonus guide!
The Darkest Fire—a Lords of the Underworld prequel
Geryon is the guardian of hell, more monster than man. Kadence is the goddess of Oppression, more angel than woman. Together they will enter the flames to battle a dangerous horde of demon lords—and discover a passion unlike any other.
The Amazon's Curse—a tale of Atlantis
Zane, a fierce vampire warrior, has been enslaved by the Amazons. Nola, a lovely Amazon soldier, has been cursed with invisibility. Now, these two stubborn enemies must overcome the pasts that haunt them and embrace a love that can set them free….
The Darkest Prison—a Lords of the Underworld tale
Once, Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, was the Greek goddess Nike's slave. Now, he is her master. And soon these sworn rivals destined to destroy each other will be forced to risk everything for a chance at love…

Author Site: genashowalter.com

For LOTU Fans Only (4 stars)

Okie, so my review title might be viewed as an odd statement. Let me clarify please! Because this story collection is more of a taste of the Lords of the Underworld series I just do not feel like a non-fan should read it without having read at least the first three books. Why? Well... you just don't get enough back story because these tales are so short and the bonus guide section could be considered a bit spoilery if you have no prior knowledge of the series. All that said this is a terrific pick-up for fans.

The one item that really feels out of place here is The Amazon's Curse. It's a tie-in to Showalter's Atlantis series. Still, it's a nice taste of another series and as a LOTU fan who hasn't tried the Atlantis series yet I still enjoyed it and it did provoked more interest.

If you're one of those readers who enjoys series guides and "insider info" but hates paying for a trade paperback or hardcover guide that's mostly filled with stuff you know already this is worth the mass market price. I didn't personally care for a lot of the character interviewy stuff but the background on how the series came to be and the interview with Kresley Cole was both funny and interesting.

Overall, I liked this one but I don't think I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't LOVE the Lords of the Underworld. There's just not much here for you. If you're thinking "well what if I just want to try a taste of the series to see if I'd like it" this really doesn't do the series justice as a starting point. Buy the first book instead!

Notes: I received this book through the Amazon Vine program.

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