Book # 7 in The League series
I own a copy of this book on my Nook
The war is on…
Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.
Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.
But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better trained and skilled than his dossier shows. More than that, as she pursues him, she stumbles upon the key that will bring down not only Hauk, but the entire Sentella organization.
In the race to report her information, she is overtaken by enemies out to end her as effectively as she intends to end Hauk. Now her only key to survival is the one man she’s been sent to kill. And Hauk doesn’t trust her at all.
The only question is, will he help her to live… or send her to her grave.
Alright last review was a glowing tribute to Ms. Kenyon, this one not so much. Still my favorite author, but this book was a bit of a struggle for me to get into. I love her League series as much as I adore her Dark-Hunter world, but this one was not one of my favorite contributions to that world. I’m glad I read it, but might not be re-reading it.
Lets get the negative out-of-the-way first. What didn’t work for me? Or more like what didn’t I care for. All the crap having to do with the kids. Kids, kids, kids everywhere in this book. Babies, teens, toddlers everyone in this world is reproducing and about 25% of the story was dealing with kid crap. NOT what I want to read about. I’m happy that they are all happy in their H.E.Aers, but I don’t need scenes by the pool, shopping sprees for the youngster and about half of the expedition into the wilderness with the two teens could have been cut. Some of it was cute and/or funny, but much of it was just boring to me. I’m not a fan of children, and to me many of these kids, especially the young ones are far more developed than they would be communication wise in reality and it came off as inauthentic. This was the only major complaint I had about the book. I do want the characters to have large families, if they want them, but I really don’t want to read about it, or perhaps just less of it. I would love it if Ms. Kenyon could have a character in her world that didn’t want to reproduce at the drop of a hat. I guess one other complaint I have is the insta-families that were created out of thin air. I must have an easier time accepting insta-love over insta-families. It take time to build up that type of acceptance and a young child would not have become so attached or trusting of someone who shows up and tells her he is her father. Just wouldn’t have happen.
Alright rant over. What did I enjoy about the book. I liked Hauk and thought that Sumi was a great match for him. The scenes between the two of them, minus children, were great and I was so happy to see how she handled his family. Like I said the first half of the book was slow for me, but the second half picked up and it was nice to see so many familiar faces and see them stand up for Hauk and Sumi. I hope the next book deals a little more with this upcoming or current war, I would really like to see Kyr get what is coming to him. I also enjoyed getting to know Fain and look forward to his story. We learn quite a bit about the Andarion race in this book. What a twisted civilization they are, warriors who are not accepted once they get a scar, really. Oh well, some of the things frustrated me about their world, but I still found it interesting.
Overall, despite all the kid crap I had to wade through, I did enjoy the book and like most of Kenyon’s works it had a great message about good over evil and being there for those you love.