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Born of Night

A League Novel
Narrated by: Kelly Fish
Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,643 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Sherrilyn Kenyon (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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"Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic and relentless imaginative." ( Boston Globe)

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Tortured hero, Damsel in Distress. Pure Kenyon!

I read through all of Kenyon's Dark Hunter novels with a fervor that bordered obsession (yes, my screen saver is Acheron, and my mouse pointer is Artemis' bow, so what?). Then I read the first of Kenyon's Belador Code books and was disappointed in a big way. So I started this book with a lump in my throat. I so badly wanted a decent Kenyon fix, and I wasn't willing to wait until the next Dark Hunter novel comes out.

Kenyon has a thing for tortured heroes. Often they experience childhood trauma of the worst possible sorts, leaving them crass and sometimes mean-spirited, but still with a core of goodness, of honor. The point behind them, I believe, is that even when life throws these guys the worst life has to offer, their spirit is so strong that their basic decency survives. Nykerian, the hero of Born of Night, is that sort of hero.

Kiara is a princess in pretty much every sense of the word. The world Kenyon builds is a rough one, and Kiara's life hasn't been completely trauma free, but for the most part she has been protected and pampered by her powerful father. Her character isn't always likeable, but you can see the discoveries she makes about herself and about others. She is a judgmental girl when she meets her hero, but she becomes a more understanding woman as the book progresses. It's easy to feel harshly about her, but she is a product of her upbringing, and her growth as a person is necessary to the story line. All in all, I thought she was the perfect foil for Nykyrian.

This book is a romance set in a sci fi world. I wouldn't recommend it for pure sci fi fans, nor would I recommend it for someone wanting a "sweet romance". This book is about a man who has been handed the worst life has to offer and survives the best way he can, and a woman who allows herself to love him. The sex isn't crass but it is explicit.

I thought the narrator did a fine job, building tension in the right places, adding appropriate inflection and doing believable character voices.



37 of 38 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Josaphine
  • brooklyn, NY, United States
  • 11-20-09

Enjoyed the story...

This was an entertaining story but the narration was merely adequate and didn't really do the story justice. Fans of The Dark Hunter series will note the same strong overtones of childhood abuse and violence. Readers who are new to Kenyon's work should be forewarned- these themes are gut wrenching, heart breaking and very hard to listen to. That said, Kenyon does a good job of wrapping up the loose ends and telling a story of triumph over evil and adversity through love. The sexual content is explicit but not vulgar and Kenyon introduces secondary and tertiary supporting character with enough depth and definition to leave the reader in eager anticipation of their stories. Overall well done and worthy of the credits.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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It went on and on...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

At first I couldn't decide if I didn't like the book because of the narrator or the story itself. Yep, it was the story. I have no problems with reading/listening to tragedy, however I felt as if the author was riding on the emo-train a little too long and too hard. Really, between the heroine being TSTL (to stupid to live) and the hero just going from one calamity to the next. It just got to be so depressing I though I should re-read the Kite Runner as an uplifting tale! Really, how can you have a series when everything has been crammed into one book. Oh and there is sex. Which, that was pretty good- but so is porn.

What about Kelly Fish’s performance did you like?

I really cannot tell. I would need to listen to more from her to find out.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

sci-fi bodice ripper

light on the sci. heavy on the fi. i would mention the size of the plot holes, but the size of the plausability holes are much larger. the tension is allowed to build nicely before blooming into a few adult interludes. not crass, more NC-17 than X. the story was well crafted and excelently paced. the characters were also well rounded and quite believable. i enjoyed the narrator here and thought she did a good job. overall it was a fun diversion. predictable and shallow, but somehow that's what made it such fun.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Amy
  • Reidsville, NC, United States
  • 09-16-12

Yum

Would you consider the audio edition of Born of Night to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version so I cant say, but I have listen to this one several times already.

What did you like best about this story?

The strong sassy characters. Also that they where flawed and had difficult background that affected their actions and reactions, but the angst level was very low.

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

Oh Yes! I could not turn it off, but if I wanted to sleep I had to (sob).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Excellence again

The characters are well rounded and exciting. The story moves quickly leaving you looking for the next

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jpan
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 10-18-09

Couldn't stand the female heroine

The female heroine in this book was judgmental, whiny, and weak. I could only stand to listen to half of the book. Additionally, this book held no surprises as far as the plot goes. I would defiantly not recommend it.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Really good story

Good story! Loved the narrator !!! I listened to a library copy and had to own it just so I could listen to it again. Love the characters !!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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out standing!!! you want MORE!!

If you could sum up Born of Night in three words, what would they be?

best story ever!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

syn you got the feel you really knew him.

What about Kelly Fish’s performance did you like?

she was wonderful... a different voice for each character. real good job!!

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

MY GOODNESS YES!! i had read the books... but this was by far more fun and exciting!!

Any additional comments?

i am looking forward to buying the rest of the series...

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Denis
  • Brisbane, CA, United States
  • 05-22-12

Review for both sexes

First of all, for the ladies:
You will fall in love with this exciting book which intertwines deep loving passion with heart stopping action. In a classical sense its a story about a princess that wants to live her life the way she wants and of the tragic hero who thinks he's just in it for money while in truth a strong sense of honor drives his every deed. Their unlikely encounter spawns a passionate love that drives the undercurrent of their interaction between each other, yet the differences of their upbringing makes them question about each others feelings. With added danger of assassins and some politics this book should...nay will keep you on the edge of your seat till the last page. A must buy!

Now for the guys:
STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK! READ IT AT YOUR OWN RISK! The characters are as 2d as they can possibly get and mostly reminds me of these $5 books where Fabio is holding some blond chick that is about to orgasm just from looking at him (just add space ships in the background). Albeit some of the action can be entertaining, the cheesy love and "struggle" of the characters is not just jokingly bad, its extremely cringe worthy and just plain awkward. Don't get suckered in by all the 5 stars, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

19 of 28 people found this review helpful