Book Genre: Science Fiction, Romace, Urban Fantasy
Book Series: #9 in The League series
Released: 5/12/15 by St. Martian’s Press
Pages: 518 Price: $27.99 Hardcover
Source: I own a Signed copy of this book.
Born an Outcast, Talyn Batur has spent the whole of his life fighting against the prejudice of his people. An Andarion without a father is not something anyone wants to be.
But when his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him and his own beliefs of justice and right.
Now, he must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life or end it. And when old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.
Let me start off by saying I was confused as all get out for the first third of the book. Please note Ms. Kenyon if you are going to be taking us back in time a warning would have been nice. A little asterisk before we begin to say hey this takes place over the same time period as the first book. I also spent quite a bit of time wondering just who the hell were all these characters. I knew it had been a while since I read the last book in this series, but it hadn’t been THAT long. Turns out they are new or only popped up briefly in earlier books. Not as big a deal as the flash-back issue, but I did miss the characters I was more familiar with as they were missing for much of the book. If there was ever a book in either of Ms. Kenyon’s series that could be read as a stand alone, this is the one. Because quite frankly having read the other eight book in the series I was still so lost I needed a map to find my way back into this world. Had I not read the others I could have probably just rolled with it and enjoyed the story instead of looking for anything familiar.
Okay grumbling aside (but not finished) I did enjoy this addition to the series, more than the last one for sure. That Born of Fury shall remain my least favorite of the series so far. I liked Talyn, of course the way he is treated ripped my heart out for most of the book, but that is to be expected from a Kenyon book. I swear she tries to top herself with each new hero as to just how much she can torture her hero. I surrender Ms. Kenyon, I’m not sure I can take much more of the anguish. My heart bleeds for these characters. For about half the book my heart breaks then the turn around happens and all the torture makes the vindication all that more sweeter. I’m still waiting on this one. I don’t think Talyn and Felicia got a fair shake in this story. I’m still waiting on their H.E.A. (picture me looking down my nose at you, tapping my foot with arms crossed and a stern look on my face) I have hope though, and so should you. This book and the next one are linked. Kind of like with Ash and Styxx, Kyrian and Valerious, and several other sets of heroes in her book I think the rest of Talyn and Felica’s H.E.A is coming in the next book which features Talyn’s parents as the heroes. Finger’s crossed anyway.
Okay once I realized I was just going to be confused and missing my favorite characters I decided to go with the flow and did find myself getting into the story. There was a lot of politics in this book and we delved pretty deep into the Andarion society and culture. Not a happy place to be. Oh sure if you have a high-ranking name, money and power you will be fine, but for people like our sweet Talyn and Felicia everything is a constant struggle along with the slap in the face that you aren’t good enough. It was so frustrating to read the lives that these two had to live. I had to keep reminding myself that this was in the past and it wasn’t completely like this anymore. Still I spent much of the story frustrated and angry on their behalf.
I almost hate to give this one a rating. I don’t feel like the story is finished, or at least I hope it isn’t. I want to give it three stars and lower the last book’s down to two. I’ll leave that one where it is and give this one the three, but I did enjoy it more than Hauk’s. I am glad I waited to read this one until the next book was already released. If I had to wait to read Born of Betrayal I might be a little more ticked off about the incomplete (my opinion) ending in this one than I am. I still love you Ms. Kenyon, but boy I had to work for this story.
My Rating: 3 Stars