Review: Into the Dark by Gena Showalter

into the darkGena Showalter’s Into the Dark is a collection of three short stories and a few bonus features for fans. It seems all three of the novella had been released as ebooks, but this is an alternative for people who would rather have a book in hand.

Anyway, the first novella is “The Darkest Fire,” a prequel to the Lords of the Underworld series. It’s the story of how the demon lords escaped hell in the first place. But that was really secondary to the sweet, but brief love story between Geryon, the guardian of hell’s gate… and Kadence, the goddess of Oppression. The walls holding the demons in hell are literally tied to Kadence. As they weaken, so does she. So when cracks start to form in the demons’ prison, she must repair them.

Geryon has been in love with her for ages, but is monstrous in his current form. He thinks himself unworthy of her, but wants to help her anyway. I really liked this story.

Novella number two was “The Amazon’s Curse,” the last of the Atlantis stories. And frankly, it could have been a full length book. It picks up Zane and Nola’s story that was left hanging at the end of “The Vampire’s Bride.” Zane the vampire is held captive by the Amazons. Nola is non-corporeal and can’t get to the man she has grown to care so much about. Both Zane and Nola are terribly damaged, but manage to give each other peace. I don’t know how much this story would mean to someone who didn’t read the Atlantis books. But for me, it was the big payoff I was waiting for.

And novella 3 was “The Darkest Prison” is set in the Lords of the Underworld series. Sort of. It wasn’t actually about the Lords, but instead about the relationship between Atlas, the Titan of strength, and his love/hate relationship with the Greek goddess Nike. It was pretty good, but I liked the other two novellas better.

There were also a couple of extras… some “interviews” with the Lords, narrated by William. And a love fest of a Q&A between Showalter and fellow author Kresley Cole. For me, the extras were just lagniappe. The real draw was the three stories. And they were worth buying the book.  4 stars.

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