Welcome to Day #2 of WE LOVE GENA WEEK brought to you by Bells over at Hanging With Bells and me. We are celebrating our love for Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series. The newest book, The Darkest Passion, will be released on Tuesday May 25, 2010.
Today I’m going to give you the 411 on the LORDS…
First I’ll give you a quick primer on the world of the LORDS…
The books are loosely based in Greek mythology and the story of Pandora’s Box. Long ago, some of the most evil demons escaped the underworld. These demons were trapped in a special box. One of the Greek gods’ trusted warriors, Pandora, was asked to guard the box. All of the other immortal warriors were jealous that Pandora was selected for this great honor. They ganged up and opened the box-killing Pandora in the process. Well, these evil demons could not be left to roam the earth, so the gods forced the demons into new prisons – the bodies of the very warriors that freed them. Now each warrior lives daily with a specific demon, tormented by the desires for evil within them. (Example: Reyes – Keeper of Pain – must continual cut and hurt himself to satisfy his inner demon.) Those demons are a part of the very fabric that makes up each warrior, and if the demons are put back into Pandora’s box, the warriors will die.
Of course, like any great series, we have “the bad guys.” In this series they are humans called “The Hunters.” They (falsely) believe that the Lords are at fault for all of the evil in the world. The Hunters’ mission is to kill every last Lord. And we quickly find out that they are getting help from someone/thing that is NOT human. Also toss in that the original titans (lead by Cronus) have overthrown the Greek gods and the heavenly world is in chaos.
Meet the Warriors:
Maddox – Keeper of Violence
Lucien – Keeper of Death
Reyes – Keeper of Pain
Sabin – Keeper of Doubt
Aeron – Keeper of Wrath
Gideon – Keeper of Lies
Amun – Keeper of Secrets
Strider – Keeper of Defeat
Paris – Keeper of Promiscuity
Torin – Keeper of Disease
Cameo – Keeper of Misery (and the only female Lord)
Kane – Keeper of Disaster
Baden – Keeper of Distrust (deceased)
William – Immortal friend of Anya (Lucien’s mate we meet in Book #2)
For more great behind the scenes information about the series, I suggest picking up The Darkest Facts: A Lords of the Underworld Companion. However – be warned that there are spoilers if you haven’t read the first few books!
So now it’s time to talk about today’s giveaway! Gena has generously donated a signed copy of one of her books for each day of the celebration!!! Today’s giveaway is for the 2nd book in the Lords of the Underworld series THE DARKEST KISS!
Here is what this great book is all about:
She has tempted many men… but never found her equal.
Though she has lived for centuries, Anya, goddess of anarchy, has never known pleasure. Until Lucien, the incarnation of death—a warrior eternally doomed to take souls to the hereafter. He draws her like no other. And Anya will risk anything to have him.
But when the merciless Lord of the Underworld is ordered by the gods to claim Anya herself, their uncontrollable attraction becomes an anguished pursuit. Now they must defeat the unconquerable forces that control them, before their thirst for one another demands a sacrifice of love beyond imagining.…
To win a signed copy of The Darkest Kiss this is what you need to do:
Leave a comment at the end of this post telling us which one of Gena’s LORDS’ books is your favorite (I’ll tell you mine tomorrow!). If you haven’t read the books, take a look at the reading order above and tell me which book you are most interested in reading (they are all great!)
Provide your email so we can contact you to let you know that you have won. We will contact you for your address info and then forward it to Gena so she can sign your book and send it to you! (you are so lucky if you win. I don’t even have a signed Gena book! *sobs*)
All comments must be received by May 26, 2010 by 11:59 PM EDT. A winner will be chosen using random.org and all winners will be announced on both blogs on May 28, 2010.
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Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to find out about our favorite Lords and moments from the books. AND another giveaway!