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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (Jan. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780446573269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446573269
  • ASIN: 0446573264
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"Kenyon boldly goes where no author has gone before and claims yet another genre as her own. With her League series, she has created a new, addictive universe and proven herself the undisputed master of the cross-genre novel."―Publishers Weekly

"[A] publishing phenomenon...[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene."―Publishers Weekly

"Kenyon's writing is brisk, ironic, sexy, and relentless imaginative."―Boston Globe

"Kenyon delivers the goods readers have come to expect, and more."―Booklist

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In just two years, Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot on national bestseller lists fourteen times. This extraordinary bestselling author continues to soar to the top of every genre she writes, including manga and graphic novels. With more than twenty-five million copies of her books in print in over thirty countries, her series include: The League, Dark-Hunter Lords of Avalon, and Chronicles of Nick. Since 2004, she has placed over fifty novels on the New York Times bestseller list and her manga is an international bestseller. Proclaimed the preeminent voice in paranormal fiction by critics, Kenyon continues to blaze new trails that blur traditional genre lines.

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By Christi Hall on Feb. 17 2014
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This series is incredible. I totally love these books. You never want to put them down. I am totally hooked
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Sherrilyn never fails to deliver a story that once picked up is very hard to put down
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lady_luv10 on July 2 2011
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I love author Sherrilyn Kenyon , im a fan of her. I even have collected her books like the LEAGUE NOVELS and DARK HUNTER NOVELS. I can't get enough reading her books. Highly recommended .
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Not the best in the series April 26 2011
By Jen (Red Hot Books) - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The latest installment in Sherrilyn Kenyon's The League series is definitely a mixed bag. Let me start with what I liked about it. Caillen's story takes us back to the original cast of characters featured in Born of Night and Born of Fire. We had jumped ahead in time for a while to focus on the next generation of the core families for Born of Ice. But this story is set only 2-3 years after the events in Born of Fire. I'm happy about this. I thought there were plenty of great characters in the original group still waiting to be explored, and now Kenyon is giving me just what I was hoping for.

Caillen is a rouge smuggler who is also a charming rake. He bears no loyalty to any woman but his sisters. And he lives life by the seat of his pants. As our story begins, he is arrested and sentenced to death while taking the blame for something his sister did. Just before he is executed, it's revealed he is actually the long lost son of a foreign king. Caillen isn't really cut out for life as a prince, but he is giving it his best shot, in honor of his new father. It's during a sort-of international summit that he meets Desideria, a princess from a race of warrior women. When the two of them get framed for the murders of their own parents, they go on the run, while trying to solve the mystery of who set the terrible plan in motion.

It's hard not to like Caillen, though he didn't inspire terribly deep feelings. Obviously, he and Desideria fall for each other as they are drawn together by circumstance. But this book is seriously missing the dark and sexy vibe of my favorite Kenyon books. In fact, if memory serves, I think there is only one love scene in the entire book. (Come on! Play to your strengths, Ms Kenyon!) But honestly, this isn't even my biggest complaint. My biggest issue with the book is the plot surrounding the assassinations. The closer we got to the end of the book, the more convoluted it became. Every time I thought we finally understood what was going on, a different twist was revealed. Now, I love a good twist as much as the next person, but I think I've got whiplash. It got confusing.

It was great to see Syn, Sharhara, Nykyrian, Hauk and Darling again. But this brings me to another point.... The epilogue is set up to clearly pave the way for Darling's book, when Desideria asks Caillen, "Are you sure Darling is gay?... Because I caught him ogling a female secretary." Um. No. Way. I am highly disappointed by the idea of revisionist history for Darling, who has always been as gay as the day is long. So gay that he was beaten to a pulp over it, time and time again by his uncle in previous books. And now we're supposed to believe, what? He was faking it? He is bi? But he never told the friends he has trusted with life and death secrets? Again I say: No Way.

So when all was said and done, this book was ok. I would have liked a bit more sex and a less complicated resolution, but I'm glad we've returned to this time period. Now if only I could get that Nero book I've been wishing for. 3 1/2 stars
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not my favorite of the series but still really good April 26 2011
By Stephanie G (Reviewer for Paranormal Haven) - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Each day is a fight for survival for Caillen Dagan. All too familiar with the taste of betrayal, Caillen risks his life for one of the few people he cares for. This leads to the unveiling of privileged birthright but no title or wealth can change who he really is. Caillen is a skilled fighter and when he learns of a deadly plot, nothing will stop him from uncovering the truth. Desideria Denaraii is from a race where women are warriors and nothing is given freely but earned. After recently receiving the position as a body guard to the queen, Desideria attempts to stop a murderous plan. When chaos hits, Caillen and Desideria must run to save their lives and learn to fight their enemies and not each other before both of their governments fall into the wrong hands.

Ever since he was young, Caillen looked out for his three sisters. They are a source of constant headaches but there is nothing he wouldn't do for them. After taking the blame for his sister's latest brush with the law, Caillen finds himself in jail and awaiting execution. He receives a last minute reprieve and is given unbelievable news. A couple months later Caillen is taking etiquette lessons and getting reacquainted with a world he never knew he was a part of. But he is not suddenly a different person. Ever the wise cracking, philandering, calculating fighter, Caillen does not give into demands to change or apologizes but sticks proudly to who he is and I was grateful for his stubbornness. This is what makes him one of my favorite characters in a series full of well developed, unconventional heroes.

When he learns of an attempt on his King, Caillen boards a ship of foreign dignitaries to stop the assassination and find the guilty party. There he meets Desideria. Desideria is from a society dominated by women and where emotions are considered a weakness and violence is a every day part of life. Desideria is aboard the ship as a guard for the queen and stumbles upon a plot to kill her ruler. Events take place that now have Caillen and Desideria working together to not only save their own lives but those of their leaders.

When I started this book I didn't think I'd care much for Desideria's character because I was expecting a woman who felt it necessary to constantly use violence as a means to get what she wants or prove she's stronger. Desideria is a skilled warrior like others of her kind but she's not cold and void of emotions. At times she was naive due to her kinds isolation and I saw it as a way to get a better picture of her people and their beliefs. Desideria was an appealing character from the start and my only complaint is in the irregularity of her fighting skills. At times she was feared and unmatched and then there would be moments I felt her strength was lacking. Together these two are a nice pair but nothing remarkable. I felt the affection and I thought they had nice chemistry but nothing occurred between them that will have me listing them as one of my favorite couples.

There is a lot of action in Born of Shadows as well as mystery surrounding the assassination attempts. I tried to guess the who and why but ended up being wrong, which was great because the story kept me guessing and wasn't completely predictable. There are some close calls for Caillen and Desideria that had me on the edge and of course, romance. I found myself more interested in the story and all its twists and turns, as well as the individual characters more than the actual romance. Returning characters from previous books, the Dagan sisters, Sin, Darling and Dancer are just a few, added a comforting familiarity to the story and it was great to reconnect with them while still feeling like this was Caillen's book. Born of Shadows is not as good as the first 2 books in The League series but I thought it was an improvement over Born of Ice and its odd time jump. Fans of Sci-Fi romance should enjoy.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not the best of her books April 26 2011
By BookLover - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have deep respect for Ms. Kenyon's books. I consider Born of Fire, Born of Ice and Acheron to be masterpieces, because they're extremely well written and very imaginative and gritty. Indeed, I consider myself a minion of her brilliant universe, which is why I'm sad to say that Born of Shadows was a mediocre effort on her part at best.

I just couldn't be bothered enough to care about the main characters and there was no adrenaline rush as when I read some of her other books, where you can't wait to see what happens or happened to the characters. It was just an ok read on a rainy day and given that Ms. Kenyon has given us some amazing books, this is not a good thing. I hope the subsequent books in this series will be better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A fun and exciting read. May 8 2011
By Lieder Madchen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be surprisingly fun. Sure, Caillen is an obnoxious jerk with an overly-healthy sex drive, but underneath his bad boy attitude he is such a sweetheart. I love the way he would gladly strangle any and all of his three older sisters on any given day but would rip anyone else to pieces if they tried such a thing. He loves them dearly and is quite willing to shoot them for their own good and then get himself arrested to save them. What's not to love about a brother like that? Not to mention he is extremely good looking. I would have to say that Caillen is one of the most fun characters I have met recently.

Desideria is tough, smart, beautiful and has confidence issues. Since her father's death, she has lived with the constant criticisms of all of her female relatives and has received no love from anyone. The fact that she is just as stubborn and has as quick a temper as Caillen makes them a great team in more ways than one.

The dialogue in this book was fast-paced and fun with insults flying through the air, some good-natured, some not. I loved the easy banter the characters fall into during life and death situations. They joke about Caillen's bad driving even as he evades enemy fighters.

This is the first League book I have read. Indeed, it is the first Sherrilyn Kenyon book I have read, so there were times when I felt I was missing something. This book works well as a stand-alone novel, but I think I would have understood a few of the references better if I had read the earlier books in the series. I now have holds on the rest of the series, hopefully they will come in soon!
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I wouldn't insult my fireplace by burning this in it... Aug. 29 2012
By Wren - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you're into woman-hating, woman-bashing, woman-criticizing avalanches of vitriol with a bare smattering of unexplored social commentary as a mini-appetizer then this is the book for you.

If it were possible to give this book negative stars, I would do so in a heartbeat. This author has, with one book, single-handedly managed to shove women right back to the stone age. All we need now is for some hairy, grunting male to bash us over the head and drag us off to show us what being a `real woman' is all about.

My first question is how did this even manage to make it to the page? Let alone past an editor, agent, and publisher and out to the general public? The character setups don't match the characters as written. In fact, the author seems only interested in writing about men as the penultimate achievement of the universal species while women need to be carefully controlled and contained lest their power-hungry natures turn them into "sanctimonious b****es". Yes, that is a direct quote. The only thing this book seems to do well is utilize an unending stream of curse words that have no real place in literature. An occasional expletive is one thing, to prove a point, but to have every fifth word you read be four letters is just uncalled for.

As for the characters, I don't believe them in the least. The main male character, Caillan Dagan, is written as a six-foot-four gymnast/athlete/rock-hard bodied/James Bond type. Now, I could believe it if not for the consistent references to his childhood, and current adulthood, scraping out a meager existence. No one who is starved for most of their childhood ever develops into that physique. It isn't possible for a body that has been so deprived of nutrition and proper care to hit puberty let alone become the next Adonis. Even if it were, he couldn't maintain a gymnast's body and have time to be the smuggler everyone believed was "more myth than reality" AND sleep with anything female he could find. Gymnasts will tell you they have to work on that every day, hours and hours on end, just to maintain that. No way some cop-dodging smuggler has that kind of time. Furthermore, he carries enough equipment and has the skills to take on a small army but he can't lift someone who weighs twenty pounds more than him? Seriously?! I'm not, by any stretch of the imagination, an athletic type and I can lift well over my own body weight. I might not make it far under that load, but I can do it without my muscles squealing at me like over-worked horses. This guy complains if he has to lift his sister and carry her a few feet in an alleyway.
As for his sister, Kasen, who is a third-generation smuggler, she's found begging for Caillan's help as she runs around a city at the beginning of the book. A smuggler, and apparently a good enough one to be trusted with the most powerful and illegal antibiotic in this universe, and she leaves her ship to wander a city? Where cops find her and are trying to arrest her? And if she gets caught she won't stand up to their questioning? Really?! Couldn't the author have found another way to introduce Caillan as a super-awesome guy without having him shoot his sister, knocking her unconscious because he "doesn't have time for her c**p" and hiding her, so he then can run from the cops in an attempt to escape. An escape that was only thwarted because the cops found Kasen's unconscious body under her little brother's coat. I'm sorry, but I don't buy it. If Kasen is a skilled smuggler, one willing to risk death to get an antibiotic to people who're too poor to pay for doctors, she isn't going to get caught in the middle of some slum city. She'd be on her ship watching her precious cargo. In addition to which, she would know how to disappear in a city. If her brother was going to lead pursuit away he should've let Kasen hide and then run for it so they both would escape. They're both independent smugglers doing dangerous work. They would BOTH know how to get out. And no way she'd be so pathetic as to spill her guts to cops.
His eldest sister, Shahara, is another wild bit of hypocrisy. She's the eldest child who mothers Caillan constantly, was raped, became a badass bounty-hunter, and then got married and saunters around in pretty "flowing floral dresses" while she stays home. Her husband is not only rich he happens to be a founding member of a rogue agency working against the corrupt assassins guild. I don't buy it. Sure former badass bounty-hunter could hook up with a guy who's price on his head is staggering, but I don't believe she'd go all girly and call her little brother "honey" and "baby" when he's thirty-years-old. Eww!

Then we come to the other main character, a woman born, bred, and raised to be a total military whiz. She comes from a woman-run, woman-dominated society that believes the natural body is the most beautiful work of art. And yet, because she's "heavyset" her mother and sisters are constantly belittling her about her weight. Yeah, that makes sense. Oh, and she can't read the Common language even though she speaks it fluently. What? This is a woman who can snap a sword across her thigh, has defeated her training master in single combat, and was the first of her sisters to be elevated to adult status. And she stops dead in the middle of a room, where she's supposed to be working as the queen's bodyguard, so she can go all mushy over mister-hot-and-sexy Caillan. After which she is so mortified she nearly bursts into tears due to embarrassment. Yeah, when she's been raised in an emotionally restrictive society that doesn't permit such outbursts, I don't think so. In fact, she's so overwhelmed by her lust that she doesn't see the assassination attempt on herself coming. She's so pathetically inept that a pair of her fellow bodyguards nearly choke her to death without her putting up the most meager resistance. But not to fear! Caillan to the rescue! If you're going to write wimps then bloody-well write them that way! Don't set up a military character, who's been training in martial arts since she could stand, to be a `damsel in distress' so she can be rescued by the guy that makes her think with her pelvis instead of her brains!

As for the story itself, any female-run organization or planet is corrupt and based on a bunch of back-biting, snarling, b***ching females who spend most of their time degrading everyone around them. The queen of the super-military world walks around half-naked and tries, in proper succubus fashion, to use sex as her only weapon to get what she wants. And, of course, what she wants is galactic conquest based on lies she's telling. Yeah, see that incinerator over there? Women's Lib please step in, the fire is nice and hot! Right after that, Equal Rights make sure you douse yourself thoroughly in that gasoline before heading in. Wouldn't want any remnants left.

I have read some truly disturbing, woman-hating stuff in my life. But never to this extreme. And, though it shouldn't need to be said, by a female author who should know better? Why? It is unnecessary. Women have enough degradation facing them on a daily basis, do we really need to add to that pile?

So, in summation, if you want something that will make a woman feel like a completely useless, self-hating person whose only status comes from the guy she marries and the children she pops out then definitely get this book. If you're a guy who likes to see himself as the super-sexy James Bond meets all-time world athlete then you'll probably like this too because that's what Caillan is all about.

However, if you aren't into that junk (and no there aren't words strong enough to describe this steaming pile of human excrement disguised as a book) then you want to turn elsewhere. I'm pretty sure the only place to go from this is up.