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Book 1 of 3 in the Light Blade Series

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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  

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
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Product Details

  • Series: A Novel of the Light Blade (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425245365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425245361
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I started reading this around 7pm and just finished it to the end. I was so enthralled with the characters...I couldn't stop reading! It is a little bit of a quick reading...or at least for me it was. But I was hooked at the beginning. I was scrolling through my list of titles I haven't read yet and this one stuck out. I wasn't sure why at first.

Annika is one of the most loved characters I read about in a while. Here you have a woman who has struggled with her identity among the Na'Chi and the Na'Reish; she has struggled with an abusive life finding no love or acceptance in anyone save for one human, a human woman who solely believed that Annika was meant for the greater good of all Na'Chi (half-breeds). It is heart breaking to see her struggle; but what a thrill it is to see her overcome everyone's doubts including her own.
I loved this
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I seriously love this series. I had bought book two because it caught my eye. I then discovered it was the second in the series so I bought book one. I have now finish both of them and am on to book 3. I love this series. The way each book develops the relationships between characters is just amazing. I have to say the second book so far is my favorite. I wish there was a book 4!!!!
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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.

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