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.
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!
I love Sherrilyn Kenyon I have read most of her other books and enjoy them . This is a very well written book but the description of the torture is gruesome (i love horror books and thrillers and some have had torture in them) and it really lingers with you , so if you are disturbed at all by other books I would suggest you avoid the book or skip lots of pages to avoid the descriptions and aftermath. Also I would suggest getting the book or ebook not the audio version which is what I have(harder to skip through).
Home is where my books are.
This is only my second book in this series. I jumped in to Born of Shadows because of Holter Graham, and loved it. But this book! This book was incredible. I don't believe in spoilers so I won't have much to say other than I lost a few nights sleep laying in bed watching this amazing movie in my head. Sherrilyn Kenyon is brilliant, and I'm going to start with the first book as soon as I finish the 6th.
What an amazing book! Darling & Zarya go through so much to get to each other, almost too much. But this is part of the league series and all the characters have endured so much to finally find happiness. Lots of humor in among the angst and love. I listened to this book while taking my (almost) daily walks. It's such a long & full book, it helped me up my distance and my pace! I'm sure my neighbors wonder why I'm laughing and crying as I walk! Great love scenes of course! I love that the league ladies are all kick-ass females and Z is no exception. So happy to see all the other league characters involved in the story. It's so nice to see them leading happy & healthy lives and prospering. The love between these disparate soles who unite to form an extended family is so heartwarming to read about it. Can't wait for Maris & Ture's story coming soon.
I thought that the first book Born of Night was the best in the series. She did not let me down with this book.
When Darling got his finger cut off.
I can't say because it would have piss me off if some would have told me about my favorite scene before I experienced it. But was at the end of the final battle. Wow
I never been on such a roller coaster. She could have writen more than one book with this story. I thought I hit the climax of the story and another one hit.
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