Gena Showalter – Lords of the Underworld Series Reading Order

by Maryse on May 7, 2009 · 58 comments

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Great series!!! These guys take “personal demons” to a whole new level. Powerful guardians to the gods release demons from their prison (Pandora’s Box), to prove a point. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to capture and put them back. As punishment for their actions, they were banished to Earth, each one forced to “host” a demon. Each book focuses on a Guardian’s internal struggle of good and evil mingled into one body, while continuing to protect and serve. But all is not lost. Within their dark existence exists a potential for love, a woman that can ease their torment, and help their mission. The romance abounds in these novels, and had me weak at the knees!

kim: Love, love, love! her books. Lords of the Underworld is one of my most favorite series! I love this spin off as well… I truly am such a fan that when a new book in the series comes out I reread all the others so that I don’t forget anything!

Arianna: Absolutely in LOVE with her Lords of the Underworld series.

Chrissy: I have really enjoyed the Lords Of The Underworld series as well and would recommend it if someone hasn’t already.

Gena Showalter & Maryse at a Barnes & Noble signing back in 2010!!

As per the author’s website:

Long ago, twelve immortals warriors – each more dangerously seductive than the last — stole and opened Pandora’s box, unleashing the evil from within. Now they carry that evil within themselves. Violence, Pain, Death, Disease, Disaster, Misery, Doubt, Promiscuity, Defeat, Lies, Secrets, and Wrath. When a powerful enemy returns, they will travel the world in search of a sacred relic of the gods – one that threatens to destroy them all.


“When I sat down to write the next Lords of the Underworld book, I had some hard choices to make. Did I tell Cameo’s story, the Lord readers most wanted, even though I hadn’t set up the final threads for her plot? Did I tell William’s story, a non-Lord but also a reader favorite, even though I hadn’t set up his plot line at all? Or, did I tell Baden’s story, the character the readers knew the least about? In the end, I had to go with the story I was most excited to tell, and the moment, the very second, Baden’s dilemma and heroine came to me, I gasped. I shivered. I paced with anticipation, scenes already rolling through my head. Writing his book became a need, an undeniable passion and it’s my hope that passion shines through every word. Because, you get more than a story when you read The Darkest Torment. You get a little piece of my heart.”

ALSO: The Darkest Facts: A Lords of the Underworld Companion by Gena Showalter

A fan of Gena’s? Check out my post entitled “A Book Signing with Gena Showalter


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{ 58 comments… read them below or add one }

Missy January 21, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Great books, if you like the JR Ward you will really like these!!! I can not wait for the next book!!!!!

Maryse January 24, 2010 at 11:13 AM

I absolutely LOVE JR Ward!! I’m constantly looking for another similar series, so this is great to know – Thanks!! :)

Allison February 21, 2010 at 8:33 PM

If you love JR Ward and LOTU, then try Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series! You won’t be disappointed:)

Maryse February 21, 2010 at 8:36 PM

You’re right! I’ve read the Midnight Breed series and I loved it! I too, think it’s similar (in style) to BDB.

Cherfiel July 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Im basically obssesed with just about every paranormal romance novel. Gena Showalter, kresley Cole and kerrelym Sparks are my favorite autors… so far :) I have yet to read any J.R. Ward novels even though I’ve been tempted

Diane September 10, 2010 at 4:59 AM

@Cherfiel: Read the BDB books, they are amazing… just read them in order to ensure you get the story in the right order – trust me… you’ll adore the books and the brothers

Billie September 17, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Ok I LOVE BDB and Midnight Breed Series as well as Dark Hunter Series. How does this series compare?

Leylakyrie October 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM

This is my favorite series to date, and I have gone through over a 100 books in the past 8 months alone. The depth in the characters alone is outstanding. Although some may make you a little masochistic..ha ha…it’s totally worth it. No, seriously though, you feel the anguish, the lust, the urgency in the chase and fight of the story in itself as though you were standing right there alongside the warm blooded immortal sweating profusely after a battle with the “Hunters”. I really enjoyed the way the reader is constantly unraveling the story page after page, whether it’s the complicated history of the character or the all over tragic and complicating premise of the immortals as a whole. It’s truly fascinating how although they are all immortal, the represent a different demon and with that, each have a very different relationship to unfold. I love it! Can’t wait for the rest to come out!!

ap October 6, 2010 at 2:22 PM

you should check out Christina Feehans dark series if you loved Gena’s

Arti October 7, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Gena rocks!!! I absolutely love the lords series i personally feel the one of the BEST of gena my favorite book is Darkest Pleasure i love love Reyes. So if anyone is looking for good series to read while you wait for amun ‘s book check out Larissa Ione demonica series all 4 books were great as well as
Sherrilyn Kenyon the League series also great reads

Nikita October 8, 2010 at 9:49 AM

You should also check out Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, they are AMAZING. I just recently got into Gena Showalter, but I love her.

Maryse October 8, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Oh I wholeheartedly agree – I LOVE the Fever series. One of my favorites this year for sure!

lindora November 10, 2010 at 3:13 PM

I just to say I feel your books are sooooooo addictive. I have trouble putting them down. Right now I am reading playing with fire i already read twice as hot. I did not realize they were together. they are fantastic. I wish i could be like the women in your books like Belle they are a few people(men) i would like to set on fire, or freeze their balls to their thighs. also is there any way to get a list of all of your books? my kids are trying to get me a few for x-mas. also can a person get a subscription for your books????
thanks lindora

Maryse November 11, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Hi Lindora! Here is a link to Gena’s website:

I’m certain she has everything list there:
I have also made series reading order lists for all of her books (at least…”all” as far as I know)

Here they are:

Lords of the Underworld:



Alien Huntress:

I hope this helps!

ninhydrin November 16, 2010 at 3:29 AM

i already downloaded ebooks of lords of the underworld and i’m looking forward to reading it! :)
i really like ward’s style and BDB! i wish there’ll be a book about qhuinn as well but i dont think there’ll be because ward said there’ll be 10 bdb books with payne’s as the 9th and tohrment as 10th. so i really wish she’d add one more for qhuinn’s. :)

i’ve been looking for ebooks of kresley cole’s immortal after dark but cant find any. anyone here that has a copy of that series? i’ll greatly appreciate your help. thanks! :)

Maryse November 16, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Hi ninhydrin!

Just a quick response to your J.R. Ward questions. As per the “WARDen” herself on Friday’s chat:


Great news, huh!!?? No plans to end it as of yet.

Also there will be three novella’s (Rhage & Mary’s, then Wrath & Beth’s, then Qhuinn’s).

hope that helps!

Neena November 29, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Hi Ninhydrin,

Just wanted to say that I recently started The Immortals After Dark Series and they are fab! I am almost done with the series and right now I am completely hooked. I currently have a Nook and was able to download the ebook from the B&N website. If you happen to have a Kindle, I also saw these books available in ebook format on Amazon. Hope this helps.

Does anyone have any other book recommendations? So far I have read The Dark Hunter series, BDB series, Immortals after Dark series (in progress) and plan to read LOUW series. Its funny because in the book “Kiss of a Demon King (IAD series)” one the characters, Nix, mentions that she was on her way to Budapest to investigate The Lords of the Underworld (caught my interest right there lol). Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated.



bugeyes17 February 4, 2011 at 11:07 PM

i am so excited for Parish’s book… hurry up, 2012!

Maryse February 6, 2011 at 8:00 PM

I’m going to make a marathon read-fest of this series shortly. Can’t wait!!

Ofelya February 18, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Actually I’ve read only first book of the “Lords oh the Underworld” and it was not bad. The thing that I didn’t like is that there is sometimes too much description of the same feeling of the same character. And the feelings and emotions and sufferings of all of the lords are seems to be in the same way. But I must say that the lords are anyway great and it’s interesting to watch how they fall in love even against their will. Hope that I’d like the rest parts of the series. What about twilight saga, I should say that the most catchy thing is that this is the first (or one of the first)books that came so close to the problem of the love between the human and an immortal and even tried to give an answer what to do in such cases. Thanks for your recommendations about what to read next, ’cause I’m nor a big fan of twilight, but I’m interested in reading the series that you’ve mentioned.

Angela February 23, 2011 at 2:14 AM

I LOVE the LOTU books… I can’t wait too see what happens next in the series… I was wondering if Gena had ever thought of making a LOTU movie series?? I think it would be great to see all these dashing warriors and their women brought to life on the big screen!!!!!

Brandi March 12, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Immortals After Dark series & Midnight Breed series are great reads. If you like these you might like Almost Human as well.

IAD is the best. If you plan to read it Nix is the best. Pay attention to her t-shirt sayings. They are great.

I’m moving on to Lord Of The Underworld next since I’ve heard there are some minor cross-over possibilities with IAD.

Black Dagger Brotherhood is on my list as well. Glad to hear so many have enjoyed it.

cassie March 23, 2011 at 4:32 PM

the Lords of the Underworld series is awesome! i love it Lora Leighs Breed series is amazing to if you like paranormal romance then you will love the breeds!!! I cant wait for the rest of the lords series i am 100 percent addicted!

b.collins March 27, 2011 at 7:42 PM

I love Gena Showalter and I keep going through books faster then I should. Any one know of any good series? I’m already reading….
Alexandra Ivy, Allyson James, Alyssa Day, Angela Knight, Christina Dodd, Christine Feehan, Dakota Cassidy, Jacquelyn Frank, Jennifer Ashley, J.R. Ward, Kerrelyn Sparks, Kresley Cole, Lara Ione, Larissa Ione, Lora Leigh, Lynn Viehl, Lynsay Sands, Maggie Shayne, Nalini Singh, Nina Bangs, Shayla Black, Sherrilyn Kenyon

Taylor W. May 2, 2011 at 3:37 AM

I just strated reading Lords of the Underworld novels . It all strated because I was bored on my job . All I did was download the first book of the series on my Ipad and I was hook. Thank God for boredom , because I really love this series!!!!!!! I like all the books that I had read so far but Darkest Kiss is the best one to me. Because of that book I’m looking for an ugly man who will love me the way he loves Anya . As of right now I’m reading Darkest Passion I’m not yet done with the series but give time.

Taylor W. May 10, 2011 at 1:37 AM

I just fished reading Darkest Passion. O.M.G !!!! NOW!! I want a man with wings. Lol !!!!!!These books just get better & better in this series but I have to put the next book on hold Darkest Lie . Ms. Charlaine Harris just came out with Dead Reckoning the 11th book in the Sookie Stackhouse novel. Her books are way diffident from Gena Showalter but I love them all the same .

Debbie June 4, 2011 at 8:12 PM

I think Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter are friends… that’s why you see a little Nix is Lords of the Underworld…. but Immortals After Dark is MY FAVORITE SERIES BY FAR… The sex, the humor, the plot lines… and oh the men…. hot hot hot…. Just finishing up Alexandra Ivy’s series Guardians of Eternity and it was pretty good… but nothing compares to J.R. Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood…. 7 ft tall, shitkickin’ wearin’, leather bound Vampires are sooo sooo hot!!!

B B Robins September 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM

OMG!!! where does a girl start with all these sexy series. First J R Ward I love you thank you very much for the Black dagger Brothers. And yesss I would love for Quiny to actually get it on with my boy Blay. Further more Ijust stated the Lynn Viehl (Darkyn And Kyndred) series what a blast mate. Gena I love you too, keep it up, larrisa Ione( Demonica series) make by blood boil over, and not to forget Alexandra Ivy girl youre boys of Eternity is so wicket I think i’m in love. And Kresley Cole when I read a ‘hunger like no other) I thought I was in heaven (Praise the Lord). Lara Adrian all I can say is YESSS, YESSS, YESS.
Kerry Arther’s (Ripple Creek werewolfs) got me in the mood for DANSING, Catch my drif (dansing), Yeah Baby. Last but not least all hail the queen of praranormal romance the one and only in my book the best Sherrilynn Kenyon, Sherri baby i’ve read them all and I cant’ wait for more. Im running out of sexy series so pls full me in with some new writers and series, that I can get my claws into thank a lot.

Nicole November 5, 2011 at 10:19 PM

I like LOTU a lot maybe even more than BDB, which is a must read series, though i have to say i have a hard time trying to figure out what book comes next, I started w/ darkest night, should i of started w/ darkest fire? then kiss then pleasure. Got all lost then went with into the dark, which is a tease, read both LOTU clips as i would call them…. Now waiting for Darkest Whisper am I on the right track? If anyone is looking for a PR series, read Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson series. That’s the series that got me started on PR novels. While i read on w/ LOTU and waiting for Lover Reborn, Can anyone suggest another great series. Thanx

Maryse November 6, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Hi Nicole – above is the exact reading order list of how they “should” be read, but luckily Gena’s really good in backtracking enough to let a new reader who’s started with a newer book figure out what’s going on.

Lise November 23, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Ive just found your page while looking for reviews on The Lords of the underworld series.Im Very glad i found it. I loved the BDB series and can’t wait for thors book but Genas books will keep me happy till then,.Thanks for your book reviews they’re brilliant :)

Maryse November 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Thank you Lise!! Gena’s books are extremely popular, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy ‘em. Nothing beats BDB for me, but there are plenty that come close. Have you read Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series yet?

Lise November 24, 2011 at 7:08 AM

yup i ahve read about 4 books. Thyre good but i still prefer BDB by far.Midnight Breed just havnt captured my interest quiet as much i have to admit. But im not a quitter. Ill have to read every book in the Midnight Breed series still lol :)

liane phe January 2, 2012 at 4:27 AM

Hi, i just started reading the darkest night and was intrigued with torin the keeper of disease i assume. but checking out the books i see that there is no dedication towards him in any books. i am be mistaken and have over looked. if someone would kindly tell if and what book is about torin.
Thank you.

Shellie February 10, 2012 at 4:10 AM

Love Kresley Cole’s books, she praised Gena Showalter’s books so, while waiting for Lothaire to come out, Amazon Kindle offered me her first LOTU book for 0.99¢ and that was it. I’ve read them all and have pre-ordered The Darkest Seduction. NOW I can read Lothaire. Plan to investigate JR Ward, Sherrilynn Kenyon, Karen Marie Moning, and Alexandra Ivy after reading some of these comments. Thanks for the recommendations People! Appreciate it!

Kel Pfeiffer February 17, 2012 at 1:44 AM

LOVE this series, have her Atlantis series as well plus her Intertwined ones :)
HANGING for Torin’s book to come, plus Kane’s so hoping Torin comes first!
Gotta check out, Larissa Ione’s – Demonica series, JR Ward’s BDB & absolutely a MUST is Kerrelyn Sparks – Love At Stake series with the scottish, warrior vamps – they’re HOT!

Maryse February 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Agreed for all of your suggestions!! Especially BDB. Love those guys!

Natasha March 10, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Omg, I am so happy that I found this site. I read the BDB series and LOVED it!! I then moved on to the Midnight Breed series and it was great. I was looking for other series that would catch my interest like those two did!! This has been so helpful! So many suggestions, now I just don’t know where to start lol!!!! After the 2 series I mentioned above, what is the next best series to move on to? I plan on reading them all in time, but whats the next best series in your opinion(s)? Thanks so much for this site!!!

Maryse March 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Natasha! Next I’d go with karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. One of my absolute favorites, sucked me in and didn’t let me go! Some serious cliffhangers, but lucky you, the series is sort of complete (well… there *are* plans for future books) but, for now, it’s complete. You don’t have to suffer through a year of waiting for the next one, as they are now all available.

Here is the reading order guide:

Wednesday March 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Ok I splurged for my birthday last week and bought LOTU series and have to admit with the way I have received them, I’m kinda reading them out of order. But absolutely love them. I have already read Maddox’s, Aeron’s, Gideon’s, Sabin’s, and Amun’s stories. I absolutely love Gideon and Reyes and Sabin, oh and Torin. Well I love them all!!!! I can’t wait for Kane & Torin’s stories to come out.

I also got BDB so when I finish LOTU I’ll read those!!!

Laura March 23, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Karen Marie Moning – Highlander series (really good)
Brenda Joyce- Masters in Time (Love)
Maya Banks- McCabe series

veronica August 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Ok I just started reading the lord of the underworld series and I’m really confused on the order…help! :)

Maryse August 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM

This page (see above) indicates the reading order. I hope it helps!

sarah September 22, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I am interested in finding out when Williams book comes out? Does he end up with Gilly? If anyone knows please let me know. Thanks..These books are hard to put down.

Monica Daniel November 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I love this series. I started reading them a few months ago and am already on Amun’s book. I haven’t read Bianka’s and Lysanders book. I need to order it on Amazon this week. I’m sure that story is exciting.

kisha February 9, 2013 at 2:38 AM

I’ve read and adore Jr wards bdb. I cant wait for book 11,it comes out march 26,2013. Ive also read gena showalters lords of the underworld and will agree that it is very similar to bdb.

Carolyn March 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Love BDB, Immortals After Dark, Lords of the Underworld, and Midnight Breed series. I just finished Christine Feehan’s Dark series 22 books will keep anyone in paranormal romance reading heaven for a while. NIght Huntress series is great too. Immortals After Dark has its next book coming out, MacGrieve this summer and of course everyone is waiting for Lover At Last- BDB.
I am looking for other series and up for suggestions :)

Teresa April 18, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Gina Showater has an amazing series, Lords of The Underworld. I’ve read at least 5 of them over the last 2 weeks! Hard to put down!

Amanda April 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

LOVE the Lords of the Underworld series, BDB, and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series! I just wanted to mention that I just ran across a spin off series of the Lords of the Underworld on Amazon. The series is the Angels of the Dark series. The first book, Wicked Nights, is about the angel Zacharel, who we met first in Amuns book if I remember correctly. Wicked Nights is pretty good but Showalter seemed a bit…tamer, maybe, in this book. The book is good but it didn’t grab me by heart and like some of the LOTU books did. I would still say it’s worth a read though! I’m actually about to start the 2nd book in the series. The LOTU do make an appearance in this book, which was awesome because I just love those guys.

marina July 1, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Does this series need to be read in order to fully understand the stories?

Abigail Vaill September 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I just want to say that I love your books. :D

Christine November 27, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Torins book is next Nov 25 2014!! I can’t wait!!!

Jayj January 23, 2014 at 6:49 PM

You might want to consider Pamela Palmer and Larissa Ione. They’re both pretty good.

amanda decevito December 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

is there going to be another book on the lords of the underworld after Torin there has to be

Teresa stout January 13, 2015 at 3:21 PM

Will we get stories about Cameo, William, Galen,& Viola?

jackie May 11, 2015 at 3:48 AM

M y most favorite books of all time are the lords of the underworld… You could not pull me out of the bathtub till I was done lol…

Theresa December 6, 2015 at 12:28 PM

L A banks had Two great series, she has passed though. Really good. One of the firsts in paranormal.
Don’t forget Jeaniene Frost- Cat abd Bones- oh yea!
Pamela Palmer, Lori Handeland, lynsay Sands(slow romance not heavy)
C T Adams thought series was over but they picked up writing again.
Oh and one if my favs Jeanne Stein. Strong herione. Series is done.
That should help with the lists.

Rosemarie Foster August 31, 2018 at 4:23 PM

More great series not talked about, Laurell K. Hamilton series Anita Blake,Vampire Executioner and Meredith Gentry,FaeriePrincess series Also Jim Butcher,Harry Dresden,Wizard!!!!ENJOY!!!!

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