Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Darkest Prison (Lords of the Underworld, #3.5) by Gena Showalter ~ Review

Source: Bought audiobook

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter has enthralled thousands of readers with her Lords of the Underworld series. Discover a new side to the saga with this novella, The Darkest Prison.

Once, Atlas, the Titan god of strength, was the Greek goddess Nike's slave. Now, he is her master. And soon these sworn enemies destined to destroy one another will be forced to risk everything for a chance at love….


While I enjoyed this little side story about Atlas and Nike, it was missing something.  
I think it's really hard to write a novella length book that is a complete story.  Sometimes when the novella is part of a series, like this one, it's okay because you already have the back story.  And it certainly helps that I know what's up as I go into this one.  There is little interaction with the Lords but you see some interesting developments with the Gods that I'm sure will have an impact on upcoming stories.  And I did like Atlas.  
As the god of strength, he is delighted to be out of prison.  Now he's the warden for the Greek god of strength, Nike.  She tattooed her name on his chest all those years ago and now he's ready to return the favor.  I like Nike too.  She's strong and doesn't take Atlas's lip even though she is in prison.  They are well suited for each other.
It's clear they both still have feeling for each other from what took place before.  But they have hidden, no buried those feelings under anger and hurt.  They are cruel to each other.  And while I get that and it's fine, they are gods after all, I don't get what changes it.  It's a sudden change, it happens in a page turn.  I never really got what brought it about.  But suddenly they are sacrificing for each other.  It's a shame because it has a lot of potential.  It's just missing a middle.  
Still reading this series.


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