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Product Details

  • Series: The League (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446573256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446573252
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kenyon boldly goes where no author has gone before and claims yet another genre as her own. With her League series, she has created a new, addictive universe and proven herself the undisputed master of the cross-genre novel."—Publishers Weekly

"[A] publishing phenomenon...[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene."—Publishers Weekly

"Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentless imaginative."—Boston Globe

"Kenyon delivers the goods readers have come to expect, and more."—Booklist

About the Author

In just two years, Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot on national bestseller lists fifteen times. This extraordinary bestselling author continues to soar to the top of every genre she writes, including manga and graphic novels. With more than twenty-five million copies of her books in print in over thirty countries, her series include: The League, Dark-Hunter Lords of Avalon, and Chronicles of Nick. Since 2004, she has placed over fifty novels on the New York Times bestseller list and her manga is an international bestseller. Proclaimed the preeminent voice in paranormal fiction by critics, Kenyon continues to blaze new trails that blur traditional genre lines

More About the Author

The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger... as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she's found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than thirty million copies of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.

Her books appear regularly at the coveted #1 bestselling spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Chronicles of Nick and Beladors. Since 2004, she has placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga.

Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel and her Dark-Hunter novels are now a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins, and her Chronicles of Nick series is adapted by Yen Press. Her Dark-Hunters and Chronicles of Nick series are both soon to be major motion picture releases.

Customer Reviews

Can't wait for the next book to come out.
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I loved the plot, there were great twists you won't suspect and the characters are very complex and well written.
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I was kept guessing how it would end and was very surprised along the way.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jen TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The latest installment in Sherrilyn Kenyon's The League series is definitely a mixed bag. Let me start with what I liked about it. Caillen's story takes us back to the original cast of characters featured in Born of Night and Born of Fire. We had jumped ahead in time for a while to focus on the next generation of the core families for Born of Ice. But this story is set only 2-3 years after the events in Born of Fire. I'm happy about this. I thought there were plenty of great characters in the original group still waiting to be explored, and now Kenyon is giving me just what I was hoping for.

Caillen is a rouge smuggler who is also a charming rake. He bears no loyalty to any woman but his sisters. And he lives life by the seat of his pants. As our story begins, he is arrested and sentenced to death while taking the blame for something his sister did. Just before he is executed, it's revealed he is actually the long lost son of a foreign king. Caillen isn't really cut out for life as a prince, but he is giving it his best shot, in honor of his new father. It's during a sort-of international summit that he meets Desideria, a princess from a race of warrior women. When the two of them get framed for the murders of their own parents, they go on the run, while trying to solve the mystery of who set the terrible plan in motion.

It's hard not to like Caillen, though he didn't inspire terribly deep feelings. Obviously, he and Desideria fall for each other as they are drawn together by circumstance.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie G (Reviewer for Paranormal Haven) on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Each day is a fight for survival for Caillen Dagan. All too familiar with the taste of betrayal, Caillen risks his life for one of the few people he cares for. This leads to the unveiling of privileged birthright but no title or wealth can change who he really is. Caillen is a skilled fighter and when he learns of a deadly plot, nothing will stop him from uncovering the truth. Desideria Denaraii is from a race where women are warriors and nothing is given freely but earned. After recently receiving the position as a body guard to the queen, Desideria attempts to stop a murderous plan. When chaos hits, Caillen and Desideria must run to save their lives and learn to fight their enemies and not each other before both of their governments fall into the wrong hands.

Ever since he was young, Caillen looked out for his three sisters. They are a source of constant headaches but there is nothing he wouldn't do for them. After taking the blame for his sister's latest brush with the law, Caillen finds himself in jail and awaiting execution. He receives a last minute reprieve and is given unbelievable news. A couple months later Caillen is taking etiquette lessons and getting reacquainted with a world he never knew he was a part of. But he is not suddenly a different person. Ever the wise cracking, philandering, calculating fighter, Caillen does not give into demands to change or apologizes but sticks proudly to who he is and I was grateful for his stubbornness. This is what makes him one of my favorite characters in a series full of well developed, unconventional heroes.

When he learns of an attempt on his King, Caillen boards a ship of foreign dignitaries to stop the assassination and find the guilty party. There he meets Desideria.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have deep respect for Ms. Kenyon's books. I consider Born of Fire, Born of Ice and Acheron to be masterpieces, because they're extremely well written and very imaginative and gritty. Indeed, I consider myself a minion of her brilliant universe, which is why I'm sad to say that Born of Shadows was a mediocre effort on her part at best.

I just couldn't be bothered enough to care about the main characters and there was no adrenaline rush as when I read some of her other books, where you can't wait to see what happens or happened to the characters. It was just an ok read on a rainy day and given that Ms. Kenyon has given us some amazing books, this is not a good thing. I hope the subsequent books in this series will be better.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Wren on August 29, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you're into woman-hating, woman-bashing, woman-criticizing avalanches of vitriol with a bare smattering of unexplored social commentary as a mini-appetizer then this is the book for you.

If it were possible to give this book negative stars, I would do so in a heartbeat. This author has, with one book, single-handedly managed to shove women right back to the stone age. All we need now is for some hairy, grunting male to bash us over the head and drag us off to show us what being a `real woman' is all about.

My first question is how did this even manage to make it to the page? Let alone past an editor, agent, and publisher and out to the general public? The character setups don't match the characters as written. In fact, the author seems only interested in writing about men as the penultimate achievement of the universal species while women need to be carefully controlled and contained lest their power-hungry natures turn them into "sanctimonious b****es". Yes, that is a direct quote. The only thing this book seems to do well is utilize an unending stream of curse words that have no real place in literature. An occasional expletive is one thing, to prove a point, but to have every fifth word you read be four letters is just uncalled for.

As for the characters, I don't believe them in the least. The main male character, Caillan Dagan, is written as a six-foot-four gymnast/athlete/rock-hard bodied/James Bond type. Now, I could believe it if not for the consistent references to his childhood, and current adulthood, scraping out a meager existence. No one who is starved for most of their childhood ever develops into that physique. It isn't possible for a body that has been so deprived of nutrition and proper care to hit puberty let alone become the next Adonis.
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