Born of Legend by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Review

 


Born of Legend (The League, #9)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: The League #9

Released: 6/21/16 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 726 Price:$28.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

It is in the darkest hours of a universe’s past that their legends are born and their heroes rise…

No one knows exactly how much heart they have until their mettle is put to the hazard and they reach the lowest point of hell. There, they have only two choices. Lie down and die. Or find the strength to push themselves to their feet and fight back with everything they have.

Dagger is the alias that is used by Ushara’s husband, and the father of the twins, who is on the run for his life. This is his story and shows how he became a member of the Tavali and what happens to them after Born of Betrayal ends.

My Review:

Ms. Kenyon has done it again.  She has taken a long-standing villain, turning him into a hero, and made us fall in love with him all the while breaking our hearts over the life he has led.  If you are a fan of her Dark-Hunter series this is very similar to what she did with Acheron and Styxx.  Thank you, Ms. Kenyon, thank you for encouraging us to think about the people that we think of as evil or the enemy and realize that it is always a matter of perspective.  That they are often victims too.

This is a long book that covers a pretty long time frame, five years I believe, it also covers much of the same time period and events that have been focused on in previous books.  I know some might find this annoying, they want a fresh plot, I get that, but personally I enjoyed the rehashing.  Not only to it refresh my memory it also gives us that different perspective and lets us fully grasp what happen.  It gives us a bigger picture of the action that took place.  I appreciate that as a reader it truly lets me crawl inside this universe and experience it fully.

I loved this book, probably because I come from my own dysfunctional family I could easily identify with Dagger’s feeling of abandonment and isolation and resentment.  His anger and need for vengeance too.  It also made my heart soar to see him find a family that loved and appreciated him.  For me, it had been long enough from the earlier books that I didn’t remember all the crap Dagger did to his brothers so I found myself not feeling any resentment toward the character like I did with Styxx.  It was easy for me to warm up to him.  I loved Ushara and Val too.  I couldn’t imagine a better family for Dagger to end up with.

The next book is Bastien’s and from the reviews, I see there are quite a few disappointed readers on Goodreads.  I’m thinking the fault they are finding might not be such a big deal for me but it still gives me pause.  I am going to put a book or two between this and the next one.  Give myself a bit of time to forget the plot in this one so I don’t get annoyed by recovering so much of the same plot in that one.  This one however, was a great read and if you have ever felt like an outcast in your own family then you will appreciate Dagger’s story.

My Rating:5 Stars

Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Review

Born of Betrayal (The League, #10)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Romace, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: #10 in The League series

Released:11/3/15 by St. Martian’s Press

Pages: 512  Price: $27.99 Hardcover

Links: Author’s Site, Goodreads

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Years ago, family loyalty caused Fain Hauk to give up everything he loved: His military career. His planet. His fiancée. Even his name.

Now decades later, everything has changed. He’s built a new life out of the ashes of his old, and he’s vowed to never let anything threaten his loved ones again.

But when old enemies align themselves with new ones, he’s caught in the middle of a brutal war. And when fate throws his former fiancée back into his world and she has her own agenda that includes taking his head for what he did to her years ago, more than just his life is at stake. The fate of the Ichidian universe and that of his brothers-in-arms hangs in the balance. Winner take all.

It’s killed or be killed, and never has the battle been more fierce…

Or more fun.

My Review:

Okay this book was a much easier read and I have to say I do get why Talyn’s book had to go first.  I still wish she would have given us a little note about the time jump though.  If you were like me and struggled with the last books, and perhaps even felt like it was left unfinished, then you are not going to want to skip this book.  Like I had mused in my last review of the last book Talyn’s H.E.A does lie within the pages of Fain’s.  Being that I dived right into this story after finishing Born of Defiance (not waiting over a year between books…) I was able to pick up the plot in this story faster than the last.  It also helped that we were back on the timeline where I thought we were back at the beginning of book 9.

Okay lets move on before I make myself confused.  This book was much easier to follow and so many of the other characters we have grown to love were back in the action.  In the last book I had trouble placing Fain, but pretty quickly, through his interactions with supporting characters I was able to place who he was, this is one of the characters I’ve been wanting to get a H.E.A.  Yay!  The book starts of with some great action and I loved the chemistry between Fain and Galene, especially that reunion.  That is definitely going to go down as one of my favorite cute-meets

Of course we have the agonizing history of just how crappy life has been to Fain, Galene, Talyn and every other character we come across.  I swear half the time I feel as all of these characters are in competition to see who has had the most crap dumped on them over their life.  The answer is all of them.  All of them have had crummy lives and deserve their own H.E.A, but I wish Kenyon would just give us a character that actually had a normal, well-adjusted life.  Of course our heart might not bleed for them, but then I wouldn’t also get so worked up over the injustice of it all…

Anyway.  I did love the resolution to these two companion books. Fain and Talyn both ended up with the H.E.A and justice they deserved.  The war in this universe appears to be just heating up and the next few books look to be nail-bitters.  The very next book should be interesting as it will be another instance where Kenyon redeems a previous “bad” guy and reminds us that things aren’t always what they seem.

This was a great book though, and I highly recommend reading book 9 & 10 back to back, it will leave you with a much more satisfying story.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Born of Defiance by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Review

 

Born of Defiance (The League, #9)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

Links: Author’s Site, Goodreads

Source: I own a Signed copy of this book.

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

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

Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon – 3 Stars

Born of Fury (The League, #7)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book # 7 in The League series

I own a copy of this book on my Nook

Book Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

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.