Belying its title and somber backstory, Lord of Darkness opens on a surprisingly light note. Megs arrives at her husband's comically gothic London manor with a purpose: she wants to seduce him so she can have a baby. Since both she and Godric were mourning for lost loves when they married (a forced necessity which, in classic romance novel fashion, became completely unnecessary when she miscarried right after the wedding), they've lived apart ever since. Megs's arrival is less than seductive, with several relatives and a pampered dog known as "Her Grace" in tow; nonetheless, Godric starts to notice her beauty and vitality. Still, he can't bear the thought of betraying his beloved first wife by having sex with another woman. He only comes around to Megs's proposal when he discovers her second purpose in coming to town -- to avenge the murder of her former lover Roger. For her own safety -- and no other reason, of course -- he agrees to trying to have a baby, as long as she'll go home as soon as she's pregnant.This was a touching story of renewal and rebirth for two wounded people. Both have suffered greatly and feel tremendous guilt about the possibility of loving again, which makes it hard for them to find their way to each other. But once decided, Godric wants to do things right -- which means forcing Megs to accept him as a lover, not just a stud. Their personal issues are complicated by Gile's increasingly dangerous role as The Ghost of St. Giles, a role he can't bear to give up.Lord of Darkness directly follows events from [b:Thief of Shadows|11459222|Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane, #4)|Elizabeth Hoyt|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1323729075s/11459222.jpg|16393328] and ties up a number of loose ends; even having read the previous books, I found it confusing at times, so I definitely wouldn't recommend it as a stand-alone. Less sequel-baiting would have been nice too, since there are so many extra characters to keep track of, it seems as if the series could run into the Twentieth Century. But I have really enjoyed these last two books, which have less rakish and more admirable heroes than the previous three.