Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gena Showalter - The Darkest Craving

Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him-a beast he's determined to kill, no matter the price.  Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemy-her royal family-and Kane is her only source of protection. He's also the only male to ever set her aflame, and even he succumbs to the heat. But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart...or die together.

Comment: This book is part of one of those series I can't ignore. Since I got the first three books all in a row, I never stopped getting the others in pre orders because I loved the world and the writing. Now, here it is, book #10 in the series and I'm still as eager about them as before.

This is the story of Kane, he is the keeper of Disaster and Kane has always been more trouble than help. However, he cares for his friends and vice versa and no one besides himself eve made him feel unwanted. As he story progressed, his role has been gaining more importance until we've reached his book. He's been trapped in hell, he's been suffering but we've known since last book someone would help him out.
Josephina Aisling is half fae. She has been in hell too, to pay for her sister's crime for she's the perfect princess. Josephina, on the other hand, is called servant and is humiliated. Therefore, she decides it's best to just die but for some reason she can't do it herself, so she saves Kane by making him promise he'll kill her after. But f course things don't work that simply...

I liked this book. I thought it had enough details to make it feel richer and more alive. The action has a life of its own, but as it happens with most series out there, it's bet if one reads the whole series from the beginning, as many little details and nuances can be better appreciated. But authors always keep in mind new readers or new book readers, people who see a cover and read without knowing about the other 999 books before and so things are set for the book to be read as standalone, more or less.

The plot has many details which I won't spoil, but rest assured we see things go towards an end. Yes, I had the feeling the author is tidying things up, or at least it sounds like it, because we saw scenes from both Cameo and Torin's POV and it looks like each one will have their own story and one of them is to be soon. I like this, when authors insert new POV's so the reader can start imagining what's to come and more important, who's to have a story next.

About Kane and Josephine, their story is interesting enough. It fulfills all the things needed to make it a good romance, there's doubts but trust and that little spark that tells them the other is special and the one. They have things to get over, people to ignore in order to achieve happiness but they get it in the end. Kane has his demon to overcome and the fear he's never going to the person he wants to, but his destiny is surprisingly positive. And Josephine has abilities that will help her become what the fae need to have balance and stability, so, all in all, a good enough fate for both of them.

Like I said we see more Lords and secondary characters, which also makes the impression the action isn't static. We see them interact and I always enjoyed seeing characters I like still around and not forgotten. It's always important to see them, even the ones who already had their story. It adds up more seriousness to the plot I think.

Once more, a good installment for the series and despite not having the tone of the first books in terms of a certain amount of angst, it's still powerful enough for me to keep waiting for more.

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