Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding—or bedding—her. But he wants to…almost as much as he wants her.
But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free. A future with her might mean ultimate ruin. Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer—and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love…
I’m in the minority on this one, people.
Unsurprisingly, The Darkest Lie was at least 100 pages longer than any other Lords of the Underworld book. Everything that Gideon says has to be a lie or he feels extreme pain. Such pain that he is incapacitated. All that are familiar with this series know very well what I’m talking about when I refer to “Gideon speak”. For those that don’t, when Gideon needs to say something like “I’m tired and need to sleep” he really has to say “I feel like I’ve slept for a week and really want to out.” Half the time, Gena explained what Gideon was really saying and half the time she didn’t. It was confusing and I wouldn’t recommend starting out with this book.
In the last book, Gideon found out that he was (and still is) married to Scarlet–keeper of Nightmares. Only he has no memory of her. Not just that, but the Lords currently have Scarlet in their dungeon.
I liked this book because I liked Gideon. I’ve liked him from the start. I even liked Scarlet. She was an unorthodox heroine (to say the least) but not unlikable. What I didn’t like was all the mythology, Greek and otherwise. It was very confusing, especially on top of all the Gideon speak. It was kind of like reading one of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books, actually. I never thought of it that way until now.
Something interesting about Scarlet was that while she did affect people’s dreams in a bad way, she could affect the dreams of bad people. So she could affect the dreams of, say, Galen. That kind of backfires on her when Galen decides that he’ll go to Gideon instead of waiting for Gideon to come kill him.
Honestly, the most interesting part of the book was where Aeron, Amum, and William go to Hell to rescue Legion. It shows an interesting side to both Amum and William, something I’m really looking forward to reading more about. We also get to learn more about Strider, someone that I can’t wait to read more about.
My final verdict on this book is that while I enjoyed Gideon and Scarlet getting their happy ending, I enjoyed the secondary stories far more. I loved the progression of the series but I didn’t love the book.
3.5 out of 5.