The Darkest Lie is really funny. I don’t know if it is supposed to be funny or not, but parts of it are hilarious.
A part of the Lords of the Underworld series, The Darkest Lie features the relationship between Scarlet, possessed by the demon of nightmares, and Gideon, possessed by the demon of lies. Scarlet’s demon works while she sleeps, entering the dream world and sharing horrendous nightmares with victims, while Gideon’s demon prevents him from ever telling the truth. The two are married, Scarlet says, but Gideon cannot remember ever crossing paths.
An intriguing storyline, no doubt, but not one that sounds like it easily lends to humor. The funniest — and sometimes most frustrating — parts, however, are when Gideon speaks. Because he is unable to tell the truth, I found myself giggling frequently at his words. Though he often fell into trouble because of the way he spoke, to me, his words sounded like dry, sarcastic comments — exactly my kind of humor. When he says yes, he means no. When he says he doesn’t care, he means he does. When he says I hate you, he means I love you. It makes for some entertaining reading, but also at times cumbersome.
Knowing Showalter’s style, I suspect that she intended parts to be humorous. It seems that she intended other parts to be frustrating or painful, however, and it just didn’t work. Gideon’s speech is so ridiculous that it’s nearly always funny — if you have the patience for it. That being said, it’s often unbelievable and difficult, though, too.
The sixth book in the LotU series, The Darkest Lie certainly is not the best. At times it’s confusing, with far too many seemingly unrelated storylines crossing paths. I understand that it’s necessary to introduce new couples to continue the series, but there are too many names, demons and situations to remember in this book, even for those who have read many of the others. The subplots in The Darkest Lie distract from the love story of Scarlet and Gideon, making it more difficult to get to know the couple.
As always with Showalter’s novels, The Darkest Night is vivid and super creative. It’s entertaining and an essential piece of the LotU series, but Gideon’s manner of speech can be difficult for those who want an easy read. Start with The Darkest Night, the first book of the series, and read them in order.
Title: The Darkest Lie | By: Gena Showalter | Series: Lords of the Underworld, Book 6 | Publisher: HQN, 2010 | ISBN: 9780373774616 | RLB Grade: C | Find it on Amazon: The Darkest Lie