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Born of Vengeance: The League: Nemesis Rising Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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[A] publishing phenomenon . . . [Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene . . . Just one example of arguably the most in-demand and prolific authors in America these days ―Publishers Weekly
Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic and relentless imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels. ―Boston Globe
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular in the #1 spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre in which she writes, including manga and graphic novels. More than 70 million copies of her books are in print in more than one hundred countries. Her current series include The Dark-Hunters, The League, Deadman’s Cross, Chronicles of Nick, Hellchasers, Mikro Chasers, and The Lords of Avalon. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures.
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We know a lot about Bastian due to previous books and I expected to get a quick rehash of those previous scenes after I found out that Bastian met his true love before we meet him in Dancer's book. Normally this wouldn't have been a problem because Kenyon has done it before in this series with pretty great results, and let's face it, a lot of who Bash is and what he went through is interwoven with the other characters in this series and previous books.
However, what we get in this book is a section (roughly 20%) that is almost word for word cut from Dancers book with only random thoughts from Bastian thrown in to make it appear from his point of view. Now I can understand if this would then lead to deeper insight about Bastian and his troubles, but it doesn't. There is a section where Dancer loses consciousness and the story stops and only begins again when Dancer wakes up. If the rehash of old story is necessary because it is Bastian's point of view why then is it reliant on Dancer's consciousness? I can live with rehash if it adds to the story being told, but we get nothing new from this large chunk of Dancer's book. What makes it seem even stranger is that we learn almost nothing about Ember during this section-how she is coping in the years between their separation, what she is doing or who she is with. It makes this chunck of story seem so out of place in the story of Bash and Em.
Despite this I still had hope for the rest of the book when Bastian finally meets up again with Ember. Unfortunately, their first meet up had already taken place in Jullian's book and that scene wasn't really added to or enhanced in any new way. And then what follows from there was vague and jumpy story wise, ending in the weirdest overthrough and vengeance followed by an epilogue that felt incredibly rushed and busy.
I feel like Bastian and Ember were cheated out of a real story. Their dialogue feels rushed and stilted and none of the scenes feel fully fleshed out. Like how Ember comes to some of her decisions or how Bash gets from point A to point B plot wise. It's so unlike the rest of the League books (which are amazing). This is made all the clearer when compared to the rehashed story. A disparity that you can see in the design and elegance of the previous dialogue and plot from Dancer's book compared with the stunted new dialogue and plot for Bastian.
I will say that I did love the bonus story at the end, but by the time I finished the bonus story I had almost forgotten who the main book was about.
I will still buy the next book and hope the series continues because it is my favorite Kenyon series and I adore it, but hope fervently that the next book will be purely (or at at least 95%) new story and dialogue.