In a universe where corruption and deception rule all aspects of life, sparks of rebellion threaten to ignite.
As the Resistance leader, Zarya Starska's only goal is to topple the government that destroyed her entire family and left her penniless. Her biggest asset is a mysterious man known only as Kere.
But Kere has a dark secret. Born into a world that is as privileged as it is corrupt, his real name is Darling Cruel - and he is heir to the government Zarya wants to overthrow. No one has ever seen the real man behind the legend - no one except Zarya. But when she allows a weapon he designed to be used against his beloved sister, all bets are off.
Betrayed by the Resistance, Darling's goal is not only to reign, but to kill every Resistance member he can find. Zarya must stop Darling's reign of terror, but can she reach past his insanity to restore the hero who once fought by her side?
©2012 Sherrilyn Kenyon (P)2012 Hachette
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I adore Darling and absolutely love Maris. Even though this is Darling's main story, Maris is one of my favorites from this series, along with Callien and Chayden, and he was featured a lot in this book, for obvious reasons. The relationship between Darling and Maris never overshadows the relationship between Darling and Zarya, which was something I was worried about. Even though Maris's opinions and feelings are never in doubt, he never forces anything on anyone in the book. A true brother he is, regardless of the situation. Maris is the kind of man I'd want to endure hell with, or at the very least, have around when I was done with hell.
I liked Darling's character arc, even though it was hard to listen to, much like Acheron's. Even though we know he's had a very rough life, you constantly hope that someone protects him, but it doesn't happen until he's hit his breaking point and crashed into Crazyville. His unwavering commitment and love for his family is mirrored in Maris's care for him when he needs it, even though the care Darling needs is from a different character. As always, Ms. Kenyon rips out your heart but pieces it back together with a strong cast of characters that make you value the people you have in your life.
He is the best narrater on the planet. Enough said.
Too many to mention, but I cried when Darling tried to protect Zarya's ring that she gave to him, and it was brutally taken from him. I don't usually cry, but I did for Darling and Maris in several spots of this book.
Have a new box of kleenex with you when you listen to this one, and don't listen to it in public for the first time. You don't want to be in Starbucks and people think you're crazy because you burst into tears as you order your coffee with your earbuds in. Yep- that happened to me.
I love the League series and that being said, this was not one of Ms. Kenyon's best. Nykerian's story, Syn's story and Callen's story were all drool worthy the other book about Nykerian's and Kiera's son not so much. Darlings beginning was impressive. The mysterious stranger, badass, scarred, tormented but strong hero meets the woman he's destined to be with, started out terriffically like a balloon you are inflating. Getting, bigger and bigger. Then it developed a pinhole leak that slowly deflated and all you were left with was (life has kicked the crap out of me, my lady betrayed me and I've gone mad). Which is not a bad premis but where was his justice, good triumphing over evil, good slaps the s**t out of the bad guy. After Darling was tortured by the resistance, time spent in the hospital was the blink of an eye, nothing was heard about Zarya until she was sold into slavery. Darling goes on a rampage kills his uncle quickly and very unsatisfyingly, kills the soldiers who mistreated him quickly and withput explainantion the Maris finds Zarya brings her back which no one objects to notwithstanding all of his friends blamed her for Darlings torture, but yeah, they and Darling bring her back into the fold like nothing ever happened. What about the perv Nylan and his evil social climbing wife, the schemeing med tech in the palace, Zarya's second in command who was responsible for torturing Darling, the little girl Darling gave the medal to, her father who was head of the workers and Zarya's BFF Torre was mentioned once in the beginning, and could Pip's death been any more anti-climactic, it was just a side note. I wanted to see all of them get was was due them but the were never mentioned again. Then all of a sudden Zarya calls Torre (why him) to go to the resistance HQ with her. Oh and he just turns out to be gay and guess who he ends up with. Why weren't the positive deeds Darling orchestrated used to build him up with the workers and the media. And Mind Control, REALLY! REALLY! the citizens thought Zarya was under mind control devices. Ms. Kenyon would have done better had they thought traitor to the cause because she regained her social status or even STOCKHOLM would have been more believable. It seems to me the story would have infinately been more whole and believable had these details been resolved. I was initally excited about how lengthy the book was but needless to say it was just filler and nothing to enhance the storyline or make the characters more three dimentional. A lot of contradictions in personalities i.e. Darlings Mother, Sister, Little Brother and Big Brother. Bringing the mother into the story at the end after the things she said about Darlings scars was totally the wrong move, should have just left her as the coldhearted Witch she had been all along. And Yeah the bratty brother all of a sudden an ultra cool cimerian killing machine totally not believable. But hey folks that's just my personal oppinion, if I could write books I'd be an author. Still Love Ms. Kenyons books.
The friendship between Darling and Maris was the most interesting. The least interesting was Maris' wedding fiasco.
Holter Graham always does the lead character well but in a previous story didn't Nykerian have an awsome accent? I kept listening for different accents since these were all beings from different worlds but they all sounded like they hailed from Mid-West America. That aspect was pretty disappointing. I've heard Mr. Graham do much better with the different character voices.
I would pick another League story to hit the Big Screne. Darling's story was like a 5000 piece puzzle that you assembled only to realize 20 or 30 pieces are missing from the box.
Ms. Kenyon's story of Darling Cruel closely resembled the beginning of Acheron's story but where Acheron got retribution and justice in the end, poor Darling just left me disappointed and unfulfilled.
oh yes i would listen to this book again and again. why would i it is a great book that keeps you wanting more
the hole store was good i liked that it has a lot of detale of what has happen to him in his life.
i was hoping that the women that read born of night was going to read this book but when i found out that Holter Graham was reading it i knew right off this book was going to better then i ever could hope for i think he is the best at what he does with the books he knows how to bring them alive.Holter Graham can read to me any time
the love she has for him no matter what he looked like or what he has done just makes me wish that people in real life would look at each other in that way.
this is a great book
“ Amazing! This book not only told Darlings and Zarya very complex relationship but tells the story of Darlings abusive childhood. The Sentella is back in action in this book. We get to catch up and visit with the core Sentella members but with their families and other favorites from the series.
My 2nd favorite out of the Series... I have yet to listen to Maris' and Fain's so it might change. But so far, this is my 2nd favorite after Born of Fury.
When you get to the 3rd or 4th book of the series, you already know that almost every book in the series (a few exceptions) consist of a battered hero or heroine. And it most likely would have a backstory of them being raped, tortured, abused, neglected ... you get the picture. The moral to these books as i see it is that no matter the past, despite the struggles to be whole, you will find someone to accept and love you for who you are. And that the worst critic would be ourselves.
Out of the all 6 books I have listened to, this is the most detailed one about the hero of the story. Honestly, I actually was teary-eyed when Darling was brutally tortured by the same people he had saved countless times. It is gut-wrenching and it made me cringe. Ohhh his self-loathing after all that. Made me want to back-slap Zaria for not checking up on him. She has no back bone as a leader of the resistance. Annndd PIP!!!
Without the awesome narrator, the book wouldn't be as intense and gut-wrenching as it should be. So thank you to Mr. Holter Graham for bring the book to life.
I don;t like reading the start of a book as if I started in the middle of the story...this is what I read on the prologue...both Darling and Zarya already met and are lovers..then you get to chapter one and slowly get the back story...ughhhh....its like watching the movie in the middle of the story and you have to rewind just to get the beginning...I hate that in a book!I had to skip some of these chapters and the torture that Darling had when he was captured by the resistance was horrifying to the extreme..it's a wonder he's still alive.I think one of the reviewers said it well, a lot of inconsistencies, in this story it's as if ms kenyon didn't have a cohesive thought and just grabbed different aspects and characters and tried to jam it into Darling's story in one go..for example, his sister, his brothers, his mom..no back story to them they were just there and in the near ending chapters they, both his brothers, are suddenly badass, assassins or mercenaries and came to his aid to break into the league prison..? where were they when he was captured by the resistance, HUH?!! Why weren't they there to help him before he was torn up so bad, he's lucky he's still coherent at all!! And as a leader of the resistance..Zarya didn't bother to look into who they capture long enough to recognize him? As for his confrontation with his uncle? What the hell was that?! It wasn't even a satisfaying end to his sorry ass..! I believe Ms. Kenyon either didn't write this herself or just had someone write it for her and then she cut and pasted what she wanted in the story..and the editors, what's up with that? why didn't they catch the inconsistencies in this story? I guess they just wanted to profit off of this book too and not bother to read it and look at what's wrong with this book before publishing it!! Not something I want to keep in my library..not good enough to listen to again!! not worth the money I paid for it..! PLUS!!!! Zarya's excuse for not looking into what they were doing to their prisoner doesn't wash with me..she's suppose to be THE LEADER of the resistance! ARGGGGGH!!! She's not worthy of Darling!! WHAT WAS MS KENYON THINKING?!!!
Beauty and the Beast....in space...
It was still a great listen, and I really enjoyed watching Darling kick some ass.
I just love these books. This book was easy to enjoy and relate to. I was not a great friend for the female in this book. She got on my nerves most of the time. Overall, this was a great book with lots of action.
Sherrilyn Kenyon never ceases to amaze me! She writes wonderful stories and shows the dangers of the government. Her books still hold my heart above all others!
Holter Graham is by far my favorite narrator of all time! His characterization is so honest! I feel each emotion and background story just from how he reads. He puts so into this book and many others by Sherrilyn Kenyon!
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