Title: Born of Shadows
BORN OF SHADOWS
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.
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Published by Grand Central Publishing Source: Purchased for Self
Published: April 26, 2011
Genres: Sci Fi Romance
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This review originally posted April 18, 2011. I love Kenyon’s books and I can honestly say that I love her League books more than I do her Dark Hunter books. I haven’t read the remainder of the books in this series. I really need to do that!
Kenyon’s League Series has always been my favorite of her various series. I love futuristic sci fi and that is what this series is. This book takes place a few years after Born of Fire but many years before Born of Ice. I recommend reading this series in order, if not at least read Born of Night and Born of Fire before this one. Readers are introduced to Caillen Dagan in those books and also the supporting characters in this book. This book starts with fight action and the action never stops. There are many surprising twists and turns that keep the pages turning. The evil plotting of the families in these pages are utterly shocking! The readers get more of the characters they were introduced to in the first two books. We are also introduced to some new characters as well, one being a very sexy pirate named Chayden. (keep an eye out for him.)
Caillen is getting himself thrown in jail to protect one of his sisters. He has spent his life protecting them so this is just a typical day for him. He just wasn’t expecting that what his sister was being arrested for carried a death sentence. The moment before he loses his head he finds out that he is not who he thought he was. He was kidnapped as a child and his biological father is there to prevent the death sentence from being carried out. I am sure he never thought his new life would be more dangerous than the one he has been living for the past 30 years, but that is exactly what he finds out all too soon while trying to prevent multiple assassination attempts on his father’s life. The plotting and the scheming are very thick, involving numerous people and doesn’t stop with just his father’s life being on the line. I was left constantly guessing the whos and whys. Caillen decides that he can’t be who his biological father expects him to be, so he’ll just go back to the life he has always known. Before he can leave he finds himself assisting a damsel in distress that puts them in the center of another political assassination attempt, along with kidnapping and numerous other charges. Like I stated this book is NON STOP ACTION.
I was a bit disappointed with this installment of The League series. It is a great book and I highly recommend reading it. The book just differs from what I am used to with this series. The heroine Desideria is from a fierce female warrior race. She’s tough, she’s strong, she can fight and defeat anyone and she is clueless about everything concerning any race other than hers. This bothered me a bit. It would have made sense to learn your potential opponent’s weaknesses. This made her rely on Caillen too much. It weakened her character in my opinion. I also would like to point out that the sexual romance is minimal. There is romance and attraction with Caillen and Desideria, but only one sex scene. Although with all the action and fighting, which is all this book is it was probably difficult to fit in some quality steamy sexed up alone time. Not the usual Kenyon in that aspect.