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Born of Silence Hardcover – Large Print, May 1, 2012
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In a universe where corruption and deception rule all aspects of life, sparks of rebellion threaten to ignite . . . BORN OF SILENCE As the Resistance leader, Zarya Starska's only goal is to topple the government that destroyed her entire family and left her penniless. Her biggest asset is a mysterious man known only as Kere. But Kere has a dark secret. Born into a world that is as privileged as it is corrupt, his real name is Darling Cruel-and he is heir to the government Zarya wants to overthrow. No one has ever seen the real man behind the legend. No one except Zarya. But when she allows a weapon he designed to be used against his beloved sister, all bets are off. Betrayed by the Resistance, Darling's goal is not only to reign, but to kill every Resistance member he can find. Zarya must stop Darling's reign of terror, but can she reach past his insanity to restore the hero who once fought by her side?
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I am sorry I started reading this series since I am OCD and need to find out the continuation of each character, but it will be with a set bias based on several of her books even though in a different series..The truth is that I cannot trust a book from an author that I have read for many years to
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I am SO disappointed that Ms Kenyon continues to fall back into this black mindset when she writes. it may be it is cathartic for her to write due to her own real life situations, but frankly I would suggest she keep those writings in a journal (an unpublished journal) to held her work though her own issues with a medical professional.
I used to be a fan of Kenyon's (I've read most of her Dark Hunter books, including Archeron), but after this book I will think very hard before I buy another. The female lead was totally unlikable, selfish, and the chemistry they were supposed to have felt flat. Darling put up with years of abuse and his so called friends never tried to remove him, or even help him very much for that matter (sure, there were reasons, but I doubt that would have stopped any of them). It was disgusting. His family where a bunch of self-centered idiots, and I couldn't NOT believe that he would ever forgive his mother. With the amount of abuse he put up with I couldn't believe he was sane... and that's the abuse before he was captured. After the torture of the resistance? It was unbelievable that he would want anything to do with Zarya, even if she "didn't know".
As for Zarya, I couldn't believe that her group, *SPOILERS* that she is in CHARGE of, could hold a high level prisoner like that for MONTHS, across from her office (there was a reference to that, and how she would walk by the door and Darling could hear her, plus he said the room was across from her), and not know ANYTHING about how he was treated. Really? She ran a resistance group and was that clueless? She wouldn't at least check to see where he was, since he was the PRINCE of the kingdom she was trying to free? Instead she has to wait and see what Kere says? Then she walks into the room, sees the filth and how he was treated, and SLAPS him because he somehow might have captured her lover? Then has the gall to whine when she is thrown in the kitchens for a whole night? Man, it's been a long time since I was that mad over a character. Darling deserved a much better partner, I would have liked it more if somebody completely new came along and Zarya had to deal with it. I could say a lot more here, but I won't give more spoilers.
I give this a two because I have been reading a lot of self-published authors lately, and I have to admit that Kenyon's writing (even if it isn't her best work) is MUCH better than some I have read. There are improbable leaps in the story and it sometimes jumps around a lot and doesn't smoothly go from one scene to the next, but it's still not bad. Definitely NOT worth the price though, it should have been much lower. As other people have said, some of the torture could have been described a little less, and she would have still gotten mileage out of it.
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Started with her Dark Hunter series and was sceptical about this one bit love it as well