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Born of Night (The League, Book 1) (edition 2009)

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Series: League (1)

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Title:Born of Night (The League, Book 1)
Authors:Sherrilyn Kenyon
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2009), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
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Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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I wish I'd read this when it was first published (and I hadn't been paying attention to certain things). I would have liked it more than I do now.

With that out of the way, if you aren't in the mood for a sci-fi paranormal romance featuring a very tortured hero and one of the most annoying heroines ever, I suggest you skip this. Since I was, you could say I kind of liked it. The first half of the story at least.
I like this idea of the Ichidian Universe, where a small group of former assassins and fugitives have to fight off other, worse groups of killers. Then you get a glimpse of different races, cultures living on The League from the series title is an organization some of the protagonists left and now they always have to look over their shoulder in case someone decides to fulfil the contract on their heads.
In any case, it's a first book in the series so it's quite possible that other books are better (or that they don't have a heroine this annoying).

I didn't mind Nykyrian being perfect at all. I found it refreshing after all the whining and flip-flipping the heroine was doing. I get that she is a total opposite, that she was sheltered and hasn't got a clue about anything really, but the I care-I don't care-he is evil-he isn't a monster-come here-go away juggling made my head hurt.
On the other hand, there were a couple of decent twists in the story.

In any case, I liked it enough to continue with the series. To say the world is promising would be an understatement (reason for my rating). ( )
  Aneris | Apr 22, 2017 |
  jamespurcell | Aug 31, 2016 |
Enjoying the sense of humor and the full feel of the worlds the author created.
The more I listen, the more I hear a romance angle that I didn't originally expect.

Getting a little tired of the whininess of the FMC. For a modern day princess, she reminds me too much of the fairytale women who needed big, strong men to rescue them. And if someone were to say she has PTSD, please show me a better idea of this than previous memories flooding in, as that isn't the only thing that happens.

So I supposed a whole chapter dedicated to the main two characters ... learning about each other's body could be seen as characterization, or possibly advancing the plot, but I'm wondering if it could have been presented a different way, or something. I'm not really a prude, but it felt out of place with the way the rest of the book has been.

Definitely stepping into cliche territory now... Big Bad killer can't afford to have sweet little helpless dancer around so fakes his death in front of her. Then she comes up pregnant with his kid. Nope. Not cliche at all. /sarcasm
Okay, done reading. This is not going to be pretty

The first half of the book is a solid 5 star science fiction story. Lovely, well built universe and awesome characterizations. The second half of the book is at best a two star romance. Cliche ridden, unnecessary scenes, and a complete right turn from the first half of the book.

I can see why this wasn't the first book published, even if it's the first book of the series.

There are parts where the early book plot points, which took up a majority of the plot discussion, are just closed with a few sentences. And wrapped up in an unbelievable way. The whole love at first sight thing I'm not going to hate on, but a few other points are cliche to the point of them being in Mel Brooks movies.

I'll try this writer again, but I pray she doesn't pull this strange right turn crap again. Cause it just sucks. ( )
  gilroy | Jul 19, 2016 |
I am reminded again of why this is such an astounding book! Bravo!

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  giraffkrzy | Feb 17, 2016 |
Audio- It was predictable, Hardened Alpha man, damaged by years of abuse meets sweet kind woman that changes his world. He saves her, she saves him. Simple plot, and not normally interesting enough for me to finish a story. But, I really liked the characters, they were all so quirky and unique as was the world created. I sat on the edge of my seat even though I knew what was going to happen already, I liked their reactions to the events. I will not rush out to read the next in this series but I will read it ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
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Princess Kiara Zamir in repulsed by those who perpetuate violence like the brutal attacks on her family. Nykyrian Quiakides, a hybrid human and Andarion (a predatory alien race), is a former assassin for The League, who now leads a group of vigilantes known as The Sentella. Ironically, Nykyrian's team finds themselves serving as protectors of Kiara against kidnappers and assassins, giving Kiara and Nykyrian, two broken individuals, a chance at romance-if they can survive.
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In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . . .

Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League—and has been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can kill him or stop him from completing his current mission: to protect Kiara Zamir, a woman whose father’s political alliance has made her a target.  

As her world becomes even deadlier, Kiara must entrust her life to the same kind of beast who once killed her mother and left her for dead. Old enemies and new threaten them both and the only way they can survive is to overcome their suspicions and learn to trust in the very ones who threaten them the most: each other.

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"He was born and trained to kill. Command Assassin Nykyrian Quiakides once turned his back on the League--and has been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can kill him or stop him from completing his current mission: to protect Kiara Zamir, a woman whose father's political alliance has made her a target."--page [4] of cover.… (more)

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