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Born of Shadows | [Sherrilyn Kenyon]

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....
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In a world where the League and its assassins rule, where betrayal and treachery are everywhere... the only survivors are those ones who are... 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.

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©2011 Sherrilyn Kenyon (P)2011 Hachette

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    Nicole Rainier, WA, United States 01-09-13
    Nicole Rainier, WA, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "AWESOME Book, Fantastic Heroine, Perfect naration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Born of Shadows to be better than the print version?

    Print and Audio have different uses. Audio is perfect for doing other things while you listen, it allows you a freedome that print doesnot. So i can't really say one is better then the other.

    That said, in this case i might say YES. the biggest downfall of an audio book is the naration. if it is not really spectacular, it can be distracting, make it hard to follow the story, or even turn you off completely. I have now listened to quite a few of Holter Graham's narations and i am really in love with him. He does such a fantastic job, you get imersed in the story, you can follow various characters, and you really enjoy listening to him the entire while.

    the naration should ELEVATE the story, and in the case of this production i would say that he did a perfect job of it. i pretty much listened to the entire thing in one or two settings. Great book, great production, really great characters, fantastic author!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have fallen in love with the men of this universe. All of them are so unique and interesting. I totally want to find one of them for myself :grins:

    i always think of this question as "OTHER then the main characters, who is your favorite character and why?" i dunno why, but its how i see this question. Really tho, in this book i would probably say Caillan is my favorite character - and his partner in crime desidaria, is a beautiful, strong, intelligent wonderful woman.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    ALL Of Holter Graham's performances that i have had the good luck to listen to have been spectacular. he is VERY talented, and i would absolutely be more likely and more inclined to buy an audio book if i saw his name as the naration.

    Three cheers for him, no joke. I hope Sherrilyn kenyon uses him for ALL her future audio books because he is just so very talented. i find it can be difficult for some men to narate "romance" stories cause they have a tendancy to sorta go ultra-husky which if sounding forced can be really distracting, especially when trying to do female voices.

    Graham's reading is not forced. A good example is in sherri's books the men tend to do a lot of playful bantering. that "forced huskiness" can make that banter flat, without humor and totally lost on the listening. GRAHAM however, he's so natural. That banter is completely humorous when read by him. nothing is forced, but the characters are easy to tell a part and really enjoyable to listen to. Truly the best reader i've found so far.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh more then once. There werent actually that many sad or depressing momens in the books, so no crying. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Just that this author and this reader are perfectly matched. i hope they do a ton more together in the future. :)

    if you like Sherrilyn kenyon, but have never heard Holter Graham narate before - BUY this book. you won't be disapointed, i promise :)

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    joann el cajon, CA, United States 09-25-12
    joann el cajon, CA, United States 09-25-12
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    "out standing!!! you want MORE!!"
    Where does Born of Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it was by far the best way to contiue the series. you feel as if you are a part of the group.


    What other book might you compare Born of Shadows to and why?

    no other book!! it is all by its self!!! you are so wrapped up in the story and the adventure they are going through.


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    no way can you pick out just one!!! they are all so cool and fun...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it is so hard to turn off the book to get things done. it is the first thing i would plug in and get to it!!!


    Any additional comments?

    you must start at the begining of the
    series... you will soon find yourself into the 2nd 3rd and so on.....

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    lovestoread Lutz. FL 09-04-12
    lovestoread Lutz. FL 09-04-12

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    "ENTHRALLING"

    LOVED IT WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE. PICK UP ALL OF SHERRILYN KENYON'S BOOKS AND TAKE THE TIME TO READ THEM ALL

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    Helen 07-18-11
    Helen 07-18-11
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    "14 to 18 yr olds will enjoy this book"

    This book seemed aimed to the14 to 18 yr olds, and since I'm 67 the sex didn't ring true to me. But as SF it's very good.

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    Allene Nashville, TN, United States 07-14-11
    Allene Nashville, TN, United States 07-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great narration...ok story"

    Action packed. This book was really good but the story towards the end became a little confusing.

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    W. Hoff Coon Rapids, MN United States 05-24-11
    W. Hoff Coon Rapids, MN United States 05-24-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Fantastic book in this series."

    I just love the Leagues Series and this one was another great addition to the series. The narrator was excellent also.

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    Carroll FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 05-15-11
    Carroll FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 05-15-11
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    "Excellent"

    This book has it all - action, espionage, technology, fantasy, romance. I'm glad I bought it on audiobook rather than hardback - I don't think I could have turned the pages fast enough. Although futuristic, Sherrilyn's characters are totally believable and the narrator portrayed them as such. I have read at least half of Ms. Kenyon's books and this is my favorite.

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    Winford Houston, TX, United States 12-06-11
    Winford Houston, TX, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Lame"

    Corny amaturish. One of the worst books I've ever read. Endless descriptions of how stunning, hot, magnificent, beautiful, handsome the main characters are.

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    Brian 05-21-11
    Brian 05-21-11 Member Since 2012

    zajebisty

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    "underwhelming story turned softcore porn"

    I had hopes for the story. The characters were creative and interesting, and the story was engaging. However, I quickly grew weary of the authors perplexing and distracting fixation on the male lead's constant erections. I ended up fast forwarding through several sections because the "love scenes" became such an unnecessary distraction from the story. By the end I just wanted the story to end in some vain hope that the author would redeem herself, but I was left wanting. If you want a story where a women's version of male machismo and id driven lust meet a mediocre sci fi story and turns into a lame romance novel then this is for you.

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    Day Walla Walla, WA, United States 05-10-11
    Day Walla Walla, WA, United States 05-10-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Romance Soap Opera novel with a touch of story"

    Not feeling it, but maybe you will like it. I kept hoping it would get better, no such luck. There were a few bright moments which quickly faded.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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