Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.
Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can’t afford because he has an agenda of his own-steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter-the love neither had thought possible…
He held fire in his arms and he desperately wanted to be burned.
The Darkest Surrender is the eighth installment of the Lords of the Underworld series, the story of Strider, Keeper of Defeat a.k.a. the Beautiful Moron and Kaia the Irritating Harpy Who Stole the Story of Strider.
I’m mad at Kaia because The Darkest Surrender is mainly about her. About her fatal, stupid mistake at the age of 14, about her lost reputation, her ostracism, her relationship with his mother, her struggle to gain respect of the Harpy society – by beating them bloody.
I hated the Harpy Games, even though I understand that they are for to release the steam, and to sate the Harpies’ incredible bloodlust. And for Kaia, to gain a new, cool name. But I didn’t expect that senseless, mindless carnage.
Anyway, the new characters were fun, the antagonists too, except Tabitha, whose volte-face was totally unbelievable and out of character.
I loved Strider, loved his honesty, straightforwardness, possessiveness, and protectiveness. He was cool and fun, strong and supportive. I loved to follow his slow realization of his own feelings.
Even though I don’t like Kaia very much, I have to admit the romance was nicely built. They fall in love with each other slowly but surely.
The secondary storylines and characters are amazing and intriguing, as always.
… just hold on…
All in all
The characterization is great and the romance is engaging. The plot would have been much better if it is not only about those damn Harpy Games!
There is action and thrill, humor, and also some really beautiful moments. The erotica was pretty good too, though not the best of the series. (Oops, sorry, Strider… My heart is Paris’s…)
But Strider is awesome, and for him, The Darkest Surrender is really worth reading.