Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Born of Shadows by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title:   Born of Shadows
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Suspense
Series: The League #5
Main Characters: Caillen Dagan & Desideria
Release Date: April 2011
ISBN978-0446573252 or 


Publisher: Grand Central Publishing- Hachette Group
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $12.21
Borders- $12.21
Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:

In a world where the League and its assassins rule, where betrayal and treachery are everywhere . . . the only survivors are those ones who are . . .
For Caillen Dagan, a defiant soldier of fortune, survival isn't a right, it's a brutal daily battle. Moving through the Ichidaian universe like a wraith, his brushes with the law and death are legendary. But when an act of rare heroism reveals his hidden birthright, he's forced into a world much more dangerous and cold-hearted than the bloody streets where he was raised-one of obscene wealth and lethal politics.

Ferocious and determined, Desideria serves as an official bodyguard for her queen. Born of questionable genetics, she will do anything to prove herself worthy of the weapons she carries and the position she's won by combat. But when she uncovers a ruthless plot to assassinate the queen and overthrow her country's government, Desideria is caught in the crosshairs.

With assassination contracts out on both of them, Caillen and Desideria must learn to fight together or die alone. And if they fail, their governments will fall into the hands of an unimaginable evil.

I received my copy from netGalley for the purpose of a honest review.

My Review:
This is a fabulous, rollicking sci-fi adventure of the highest grade. From page 1, this book shoots you into the adventure and fun that makes up this group of friends as they barrel around the universe.

This book features Caillen. Caillen is as big and tough as they come, but he also possesses a quick wit, a sense of humor, a HUGE sense of adventure, and enough self-deprecation to make him totally lovable. The book is filled with his inner-monologue which is charming and heart-warming. He doesn't have the best of luck so he's had to learn the hard way how to get himself out of pretty much every jam imaginable. He's capable, tough, and has had a hard life trying to get himself and his sisters to adulthood. That has given him an edge which exudes power. 

Caillen has a group of loyal friends who travel with him throughout the book. They live to give each other a hard time esp. when they are in tight situations. The closer they are to death, the more the snark and sarcasm comes out. It gives a great level of humor to the suspense in this story line that I LOVED!

Desideria is a Princess, but she is from a race of women that are extremely tough. They earn their position in society by literally fighting their way there. She and Caillen are thrown together after an assassination attempt on her life that threatens both of their worlds.

Both Caillen and Desideria have had to battle their way for anything that they wanted in life. As a result, they make a fabulous team, although that is certainly not the case at first...he calls her Princess Pain for the first quarter of the book. In the end, they respect each other's skills, watch each other's backs, and there is no denying their growing attraction.

Like I said, I loved this book. It is a fast-moving, high-flying Adventure with a capital "A." I like the sweet romance between Caillen and Desideria and how it slowly builds throughout the book. I loved the friendships that you see between Caillen, Hauk, Darling, and Fain. I loved the surprise element with Chayden. I loved the adventure, the suspense, and the all-around fun that I had simply reading this book. It's another fabulous edition to the League series!!!

A note about the series:
This book is #5 of the League series, but it actually falls after book #2 in the timeline (books #3 and #4 feature the next generation of these adventurers.) While that is the case, you don't need to have read any of the others in this series to be able to enjoy this book (although I HIGHLY recommend Born of Night- #1 and Born of Fire- #2.)


Amanda (On a Book Bender) said...

I've read only one Sherrilyn Kenyon book thus far (the prequel to her Dark Hunter series), but I definitely like her style. Sounds like this series of hers could be good, too. I love snark and sarcasm. :)

Christi Snow said...

oooh, Amanda...you need to read more Sherrilyn Kenyon! I love all of her books.

I really enjoy these because they are so different from everything else out there...very sci fi! They remind me of the early Star Wars movies esp. with all the snark and sarcasm as they are trying to get out of trouble...great fun! smiles....