Friday, January 27, 2023

Feature Friday ARC Review: The Phantom by Gena Showalter

*Feature Friday ARC Review is a meme hosted by The Tattered Page to review books not yet released.  

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Release Date: February 7, 2023
Pages: 384 
Source: E-ARC 


"One of the premier authors of paranormal romance. Gena Showalter delivers an utterly spellbinding story!"—Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times bestselling author

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with The Phantom, the third book in her pulse-pounding Rise of the Warlords series, featuring a vengeful harpy and a callous torture master locked in a battle to the death. 

As the son of a war god, Roux Pyroesis has suffered unending pain—he’s caused it, too, dispatching his foes with alarming ease. Now he’s tasked with cutting out the heart of a powerful queen who rules an ancient prison realm inhabited by the most vicious immortal females in existence.

Blythe the Undoing is a decorated harpy warrior determined to annihilate Roux, the invader who killed her beloved consort. Nothing will stop her. Even if she must trap herself for eternity by sneaking into the brutal realm and taking the crown, pitting herself against the merciless male she’s sworn to despise.

Having never known desire, Roux is ill-prepared for the stunning beauty who challenges him at every turn. For the survival of his army, duty comes first. Always. But what happens when the flames of Blythe’s hatred burn out and she craves him, too…but only one of them can live?

Rise of the Warlords:
Book 1: The Warlord
Book 2: The Immortal
LINK: Goodreads 



TAG LINE: He knows only war. He gives only pain. He's never felt desire—until her.

OPENING LINE: "I would do bad things for a maple-glazed donut," Blythe the Undoing said to the warrior with his back to her.


Huge thank you to Gena Showalter and Naomi for the ARC of THE PHANTOM! I was so excited to continue the RISE OF THE WARLORDS series and Gena did not disappoint!

To begin, the RISE OF THE WARLORDS centers around the brutal, merciless Astra—an army of immortal warlords who conquer realms in order to gain a blessing on their quest to destroy their mortal enemy, Erebus, the dark god—and the women who bring them to their knees. THE PHANTOM is Roux the torture master—Roux the Unhinged—and Blythe’s story.

π‘…π‘œπ“Šπ“ 𝓁𝒾𝒻𝓉𝑒𝒹 π’½π’Ύπ“ˆ 𝒽𝑒𝒢𝒹, 𝑒𝓃𝒹𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝒽𝑒 π“€π’Ύπ“ˆπ“ˆ, π‘œπ“ƒπ“π“Ž π“‰π‘œ 𝓁𝒾𝒸𝓀 𝓉𝒽𝑒 π“ˆπ‘’π’Άπ“‚ π‘œπ’» 𝒽𝑒𝓇 π“π’Ύπ“…π“ˆ. π΅π‘’π“‰π“Œπ‘’π‘’π“ƒ π’½π’Άπ“‡π“ˆπ’½ π’·π“‡π‘’π’Άπ“‰π’½π“ˆ, 𝒽𝑒 𝒷𝒾𝓉 π‘œπ“Šπ“‰, "𝐼 π“Œπ’Άπ“ƒπ“‰ π“‚π‘œπ“‡π‘’ 𝓉𝒽𝒢𝓃 π“Žπ‘œπ“Šπ“‡ π’·π‘œπ’Ήπ“Ž. 𝐼 π“Œπ’Άπ“ƒπ“‰ π“Žπ‘œπ“Šπ“‡ π“‰π’½π‘œπ“Šπ‘”π’½π“‰π“ˆ. 𝒒𝒾𝓋𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓂 π“‰π‘œ 𝓂𝑒."

Not going to lie, I didn’t know how Blythe and Isla were going to forgive Roux for killing Laban. Laban was the love of Blythe’s life and Isla’s beloved father. How do you come back from that?

Roux couldn’t stand the touch of another . . . except Blythe. She was the first person he’s ever even had a sexual attraction to. But while he’s bent on coaxing his enemy to his bed, Blythe was bent on her revenge. She vowed to avenge her consort but how do you do that when the one you seek to kill is unkillable?

Not to mention he's hotter than sin?

𝐻𝑒𝓇 𝑔𝒢𝓏𝑒 π’Ήπ“‡π‘œπ“…π“…π‘’π’Ή π“‰π‘œ π’½π’Ύπ“ˆ π“‚π‘œπ“Šπ“‰π’½. "𝐻𝒢𝓋𝑒 π“Žπ‘œπ“Š 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇 𝒷𝑒𝑒𝓃 π“€π’Ύπ“ˆπ“ˆπ‘’π’Ή?" 
"𝒩𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇," 𝒽𝑒 π“‡π’Άπ“ˆπ“…π‘’π’Ή. 
"π’Ÿπ‘œ π“Žπ‘œπ“Š π“Œπ’Άπ“ƒπ“‰ π“‰π‘œ?" 
𝐻𝑒 π“ˆπ“ƒπ’Άπ“…π“…π‘’π’Ή π’½π’Ύπ“ˆ 𝓉𝑒𝑒𝓉𝒽 𝒢𝓉 𝒽𝑒𝓇. "π‘€π‘œπ“‡π‘’ 𝓉𝒽𝒢𝓃 π’Άπ“ƒπ“Žπ“‰π’½π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘”." 
𝐻𝑒𝓇 𝒽𝑒𝒢𝓇𝓉 π‘”π’Άπ“π“π‘œπ“…π‘’π’Ή. "π’Ÿπ‘œ π“Žπ‘œπ“Š π’½π‘œπ“…π‘’ π“‰π‘œ π“π‘œπ“ˆπ‘’ π“Žπ‘œπ“Šπ“‡ π“‹π’Ύπ“‡π‘”π’Ύπ“ƒπ’Ύπ“‰π“Ž? 𝒲𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝓂𝑒?" 
π’œ π“‚π“Šπ“ˆπ’Έπ“π‘’ π’Ώπ“Šπ“‚π“…π‘’π’Ή 𝒾𝓃 π’½π’Ύπ“ˆ π’Ώπ’Άπ“Œ. "π’΄π‘’π“ˆ, πΏπ“Žπ“π’Ά. 𝒲𝒾𝓉𝒽 π“Žπ‘œπ“Š. π’ͺπ“ƒπ“π“Ž 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇 π“Žπ‘œπ“Š."

All in all, I really enjoyed THE PHANTOM and recommend it to fans of paranormal romance with steam and fun banter!


- Enemies to lovers
- Forced proximity
- Tortured hero
- Single parent
- Found family
- Virgin H


Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over seventy books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series, the Gods of War series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Forest of Good and Evil series. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs and cats. 

Happy Reading!



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