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Monday, January 11, 2010

Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 533

From the Cover: In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all.

Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . . .
Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League—and has been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can kill him or stop him from completing his current mission: to protect Kiara Zamir, a woman whose father’s political alliance has made her a target.

As her world becomes even deadlier, Kiara must entrust her life to the same kind of beast who once killed her mother and left her for dead. Old enemies and new threaten them both and the only way they can survive is to overcome their suspicions and learn to trust in the very ones who threaten them the most: each other.

Nykyrain will not be the pawn of The League, assassin to the assassins, one of the deadliest creatures that has roamed the galaxies. He will not slaughter the innocent for political gain, not now, not ever, even if it costs him his life. He turns his back on his life, his one-time friends, and his fellow assassins. And becomes the scrounge of the universe, the pirate known as Nemesis.

Kiara, though the daughter of one of the most powerful leaders in the universe, has had a hard life. She watched her mother being slaughtered before her eyes, then beaten and stabbed, left for dead, and now, she's been kidnapped and marked for murder. Can her life get any worse? As one of the renown dancers throughout the universe, she's been praised for her talent and now she's going to be killed to weaken her politically powerful father. Nothing can save her.

When Nemesis boards the enemy freighter and discovers Kiara on board, his heart goes out to her. He must save her and keep her safe, even if it means that she is to discover his true identity that he has kept hidden all these years. Even if it means his life when her father sets the rest of the league assassins on his tail. Because, he realizes, he has to have her, can't live without her, the only woman who has seen past the scars and into his soul.

With assassins after Nemesis and murderers and thugs after Kiara, will either survive? Will Nemesis learn to truly trust the one person who might complete his life? Will Kiara get to keep the wondrous creature she has come to love?

Born of Night, Book One of The League Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon is a great fantasy read. It takes place of a future galaxy that screams to be explored and I'm looking forward to the next two books in the series, Born of Fire and Born of Ice. Nykyrain (alter ego Nemesis) is a half breed, part human and part Ritadarion (one of the deathliest and strongest species in the known galaxies), but he was been turned out of his mother's family for his humanity, dumped in an orphanage, a stain upon the royal lineage. He's then tortured by his would be foster father and foster brothers. He's beaten, burned, mutilated, and told he's unworthy of love. His humanity is beaten away, and left in it's place is a creature of vengeance. But, children are his weakness, he will not tolerate bringing a child pain, and Kiara has had one of the worst childhoods, besides his, that he's ever seen. Kiara is an insecure young woman who has shut herself off from all but a few close friends. She never knows who will betray her, selling her secrets or even her very life to the highest bidder. She's marked for death not for who she is or what she has done, but because of who her father is. It's the same reason that her childhood was traumatized beyond repair, something she may never recover from and that taunts her, keeps her awake at night and invades her nightmares. But when she in Nykyrain's care, the monsters go away. His strength and powerful presences keeps her safe from the beasts that she alone cannot out run.

Born of Night is an excellent read that will certainly entice the fantasy reader. It has action, adventure, and a sweet romance that bring hero and heroine together with more than mere sparks. I fell in love with Nemesis/Nykyrain, the young boy that endured the horrors of life to become the man who still has the ability to show compassion, love, and wonder. Kiara is an innocent at life who has to learn to trust her better instincts and grow to be the woman worthy of Nykyrain's love. Though Kiara suffered greatly as a child, she has been sheltered and protected since and then put on a pedestal of one of the greatest dancers in the universe. What she has missed is the ability to grow, mature, and to learn to actually live, until she meets Nykyrain who opens her eyes and keeps her safe. When Nykyrain loves, it's for all time. I highly recommend this book for lovers of fantasy and romance. You won't want to miss it.

I received this book from St. Martin's Press. The opinions I've expressed are my own.


Teddyree said...

Awesome review, I do like Sherrilyn Kenyon and I've been waiting for someone I trusted to review this one. Thanks Dottie, another one for the wishlist *sigh*

Amy C said...

I really really enjoyed this book, and mostly because I love SK's earlier writing and since this is really early writing for her, it's what I love.

Man, does she not torture her heroes?

I still need to read the next two.

Unknown said...

Hi Teddyree!

It's her early writing, previously published, but all the stories were stand alones. She had to do some rewriting because she always feel that these stories should have been connected. I really enjoyed exploring her world and I have the other two to read as well. I think you'd enjoy them too.

I hope you're feeling better!! If I can do anything to facilitate getting well, let me know. I'm always good for a few laughs!!



Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Amy!

I loved it, I also loved her dedication to her brother at the beginning of her book. It was so sweet.

I loved the hero in this book, he was supremely tortured, and I do love the tortured hero. Nemesis had me by the heart strings.


Dottie :)

Anonymous said...

I want not agree on it. I over precise post. Especially the title-deed attracted me to be familiar with the unscathed story.

Blodeuedd said...

Great review Dottie.
he sounds like a hero I would like to read about for sure ;)

host said...

I LOVED this book! I agree with you completly!

Donna said...

I've read nothing but good awesome comments and reviews about this whole series. I bought this one but I haven't read it yet. Need to move this up on the TBR. :)

Nice review!

Unknown said...

Hi Anon

I thought it was pretty darn good. Love her early writing.


Unknown said...

Hi B!

Thanks, I think this is one that would attract you, it takes place in a galaxy far, far away. New worlds to explore, sooo much fun!

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi host!

It was great, wasn't it? I loved it too. Can't wait to read the next two.

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Donna!

I lucked out and the publisher sent me the series, unbelievable luck, didn't know it was coming. I wanted the series and one day, it just showed up (maybe I have a magic genie in my pocket?).

Do move it up, it was wonderful!

Dottie :)

Teddyree said...

Thanks Dottie! I laugh every time I visit your blog with the intention of not adding another book to my wishlist (delusional I know.)

I think the least you could do to assist in my recovery is read some dud books so I can catch up LMAO

Unknown said...

Hi Teddyree!

I do read dud books, lol, really I do. Those kind of slide under the bleeps on my radar. I forgive the author who worked so hard to produce something not to my palate (which can be finicky at times). The trouble is that I like multiple genres, I can go from reading an urban fantasy to mystery/thiller to contemporary romance to something spicier. It's all good as long as it entertains my wee little brain, and makes me hunger for more. The forgettable reads don't stay with me long, and I read really Superman and the speeding bullet. LOL

Come back soon Teddyree, I love your visits!!


Dottie :)

Lea said...

Oh Dottie, I've got this one in the stacks and now I want to read it right now... (Can't though)

Thanks for the great review and sneak peek..

I'll look forward to the read!


Unknown said...

Hi Lea!

Move it to the top! Excellent, one of her first books, very early in her career.


Dottie :)

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