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Product Details

  • Series: A Novel of the Light Blade (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425245365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425245361
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,756,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Kylie Griffin has me hooked.”—Jean Johnson

“A compelling and fascinating world.”—Joss Ware, award-winning author of Night Resurrected

“Solid world-building…and a twisty story line.” —Robin D. Owens, national bestselling author of Enchanted Ever After

“In the world of paranormal romances…this one was unique.”—All About Romance  
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kylie Griffin is a writer and primary school teacher. She lives in a small rural village in outback New South Wales, Australia, and is involved in a number of volunteer emergency organizations, helping during fires, storms, search and rescue efforts, and road accidents. Visit her website at www.kyliegriffin.com

More About the Author

Kylie Griffin's addiction to all things paranormal started at an early age when she imagined the jacaranda tree in her front yard was a spaceship or castle tower used to defend the world from hordes of invading enemies. Writing stories seemed like a natural extension.

Today, she's a primary school teacher sharing her love for the written word with young children. In her spare time, she writes and reads all things paranormal.

Kylie lives in a small rural village in outback New South Wales, Australia, where she volunteers in a number of emergency service organizations in her local community. Visit her website at www.kyliegriffin.com

Customer Reviews

The overall story arc is somewhat predictable, which is my only real negative.
H. Grove (errantdreams)
This story has a fantastically original plot with interesting and believable characters and fabulous world-building.
Mrs Clare
The writing has pace and the storyline is refreshingly different - with a new world and engaging characters.
RockerT

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BookChatterCath on February 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was immediately drawn to this book because of the absolutely gorgeous cover art *takes a moment to admire*
As I have stated in the past, I am a total cover whore and will buy books based on the covers alone! Shallow perhaps but I am who I am!

Vengeance Born did not disappoint.
Vengeance Born was everything I was expecting and more.
Vengeance Born is a keeper!

Vengeance Born is a fantasy romance wrapped in mystery, intrigue, conflict between races, and mystical powers.
Oh and hot, sexy (and naked) Kalan. Annika is pretty awesome too (hello the cover) but I'm concentrating on my Kalan crush!

The creative world building and attention to detail that has been put into this story is extensive and made it a pleasure to read.

The writing is smooth, the relationships between characters is real and unforced and well worth the 5 hour non stop read.

Not only will Vengeance Born be sitting on my keeper shelf but author Kylie Griffin will be added to my list of favourites along side the likes of Nalini Singh and Jeaniene Frost.
A 5 Star read ~<;]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
The worldbuilding in Kylie Griffin's Vengeance Born (A Novel of the Light Blade) is wonderful. This is a creative world, with fascinating back-story and interesting characters. I could completely buy into and appreciate the difficulties the two leads faced in trusting each other and allowing themselves to feel for one another; in most contexts I'd be frustrated with the characters, but this was entirely understandable. The exploration of cross-racial relationships, particularly within the context of war, is lovely and touching.

The overall story arc is somewhat predictable, which is my only real negative. There are however some nice surprises along the way, and I particularly enjoyed seeing what happened once Annika found herself within the humans' city. That's when things truly get emotional and riveting, as racism, hatred, and old hurts threaten everything Annika and Kalan hold dear. I even ended up reading that part of the book a second time--it's one of those fictions where it's fascinating to go back and look at what came before knowing how the rest of the story ends. I'm certainly glad to have discovered Griffin's Light Blade series.

[NOTE: book provided for review by publisher]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Fowler on July 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read an excerpt of this book in its infancy and had to wait two years for it to be released. It did not disappoint. Kylie Griffin's debut novel is the beginning of a wonderful fantasy series. With strong characters and a plot that kept me turning pages, I was completely enthralled. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Well done Ms. Griffin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barb thereadingcafe on July 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Vengeance Born by Kylie Griffin, is the first book in her Light Blade series. This is a book about two couples, one a half demon and the other a human warrior. Vengeance Born is a Fantasy Romance, and totally different then most romance stories. It is a story of two unlikely people, who come together to help each other survive a deadly situation. It is a story of trust, prejudice and how love can change anything.

Annika, is a half-breed of human and demon; who is also a healer, and has lived all her life in a demon world, run by her demon father who hated her. In her world, the demons (Na Reish), use humans as blood-slaves, but half-human half-demon (Na Chi) children are looked upon with hatred. Annika thinks of herself as the only Na Chi, as others were killed at birth. She was kept alive by her father, the King, to torture her as revenge. Annika dreams of escaping, and grasping a chance at possible freedom, she helps an imprisoned human Light Blade warrior to escape, with the promise of helping her.

Kalan, the Light Blade, agrees to help Annika, but he distrusts her as he knows she is a demon, and he has been brought up to hate all demons. Annika used her healing powers to help Kalan, and then helps him escape his imprisonment. The beginning of the story is about their escape, running for their lives from the Na'Reish warriors who are searching for them. Kalan, is an honorable man, as well as a strong and handsome warrior. He finds it difficult to trust Annika, and has a hard time hiding his dislike for what she is. At times he finds himself sympathetic to the life she has lived, as they learn more about each other during their travel to the human land. Annika is truly a warm and giving person, but has known what it's like to be hated all of her life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Alvrez on May 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Vengeance Born was the first fantasy romance I've read. Beautifully written, with characters that leapt out and grabbed me by the throat, Griffin kept me turning page after page to see how Kalan and Annika's initial distrust transformed into a deep and passionate love. I adored Kalen's character--he's strong, intense and a leader, yet he can still admit his failings. Annika, too, is a carefully crafted character, that in turn impresses you with her courage and at the same time breaks your heart with her vulnerability. I've already ordered the second book in this series and I look forward to being wowed by my next visit to her incredible world of the Na'Reish and Na'Chi.
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