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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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But then there's Princess Kiara - - professional ballet dancer who has led such a sheltered, naive, cushy life that she's borderline idiot. This story trots along fairly well until Nykyrian and Kiara become intimately involved...then the whole thing just sorta spirals down into a nose dive.
Kiara's idiocy portrays itself repeatedly until the reader can't help but wanna slap the frikkin' snot outta her...yeah, yeah I know her soft princess upbringing is to blame for her lack of character...but she professes her love for Nykyrian and still is judgemental of his occupation and proves her loves comes with conditions. Eventually she finally, FINALLY takes a stand FOR Nykyrian.....but until then I just wanted to slap the frikkin princess frak outta her! I mean....here she is..living in the presence of assanssins (protecting her)...so whudda ya expect...BOY SCOUTS??!? WHY she's repeatedly surprised by these assassins' actions is unbelievable. I mean, these professional Assassins (The Sentella) are protecting her life and, for cripes sake...She CONDEMNS them??
And can someone tell me WHO was filming all of Nykyrians' personal life videos??!?
Many inconsistencies (she sleeps with a guy still thinking he's gay?) and a few discrepancies, but I'm givin' it 4 stars just cuz Nykyrian's character portrayal alone is so worth the read.
I had a hard time with the h. She was really an idiot up until 50% of the book. I was ready to strangle her. She was judging people who were protecting her? AND harshly. It was difficult for me to actually feel the love between the h&H because they constantly said how the other didn't matter them.
The sex scenes were terrible. I could have written better and that's saying a lot. Very disappointing. As good as this book was I couldn't believe how bad the sex scenes were. This was why I took off 1 star.
I wish Sherrilyn luck in this area, but it is not for me.