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Born of Night (The League, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 29, 2009
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Best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon (The Dark-Hunter novels) restores three out-of-print titles in the series the League Novels, creating a more pronounced interconnected universe between the books. The first in the trilogy offers new readers an introduction to her Ichidian Universe, while restoring parts from the original manuscript and other rewritten material for the more familiar fan. Princess Kiara Zamir in repulsed by those who perpetuate violence like the brutal attacks on her family. Nykyrian Quiakides, a hybrid human and Andarion (a predatory alien race), is a former assassin for The League, who now leads a group of vigilantes known as The Sentella. Ironically, Nykyrian's team finds themselves serving as protectors of Kiara against kidnappers and assassins, giving Kiara and Nykyrian, two broken individuals, a chance at romance-if they can survive. The story is fast-paced, with graphic violence and sex in almost equal amounts. Kenyon thrives when developing the relationship between the two protagonists, putting the focus on relationships rather than world-building, which may disappoint some readers.
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“[A] publishing phenomenon…[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene.” ―Publisher's Weekly
“Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic and relentless imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels.” ―Boston Globe
“[An] engaging read.” ―Entertainment Weekly
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Nyk is a master assassin with a nightmarish past. The atrocious descriptions of abuse he suffered before he was taken to be trained by the league and after were hard to read. He is a hybrid, part human and part another race, and he is despised by both. He trusts no one and doesn't let anyone get close to him. He kills without mercy but has a soft spot for kids.
Kiara is a princes and a famous dancer. She is the doughter of a general and has a horrible past too. Her mother and she were kidnapped by assassins when Kiara was a little girl and they made her watch as they tortured and killed her mother, then shot her and left her for dead.
Kiara's life is threatened again when a government that wants to put pressure on her father hires assassins to kills her. Her father hires Nyk and his crew to protect her. Nyk is attracted to her but is afraid to let her get close to him and doesn't dare touch her. He was raised thinking he was worthless. He saves her life many times and she tries to get close to him but he pushes her away.
A sad but well written and engaging story.
This is an older book, and that was another reason I had avoided it. I have found that I don't enjoy older books as much because there is often something that "dates" it (like beepers!!). This is a timeless book. The world that is created within is so completely foreign that you are able to immerse yourself in it. It's magical, and I can't wait to read the rest of the books. I am now a DEFINITE FAN of Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Nykyrian is a government trained assassin. He is ruthless and the best of his kind. Kiara is a world class dancer from an aristocratic family. They both have tragic pasts and the love they find is "out of this world". The secondary characters are really interesting and I'm glad to know that the additional books each feature a different couple (much like the black dagger brotherhood). I am excited about this series.
As this is one of her earlier works, it doesn't really compare to the Dark Hunter series. There are inconsistencies, and the world building needs some work. I didn't care much for the Heroine for the bulk of the story. I felt that the Hero was a little too much--DH fans will draw a comparison to Acheron, the head Dark Hunter character. This story is the standard Lady in Distress scenario.
I still enjoyed it, because I enjoy Paranormal and/or Sci-fi themed romances with happy endings. I wish I had discovered this series before reading the Dark Hunter books, because then I wouldn't be aware of how well Ms.Kenyon can deliver. This was still, however, a good read for me.
I will probably continue this series while I await more Dark Hunter books.