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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Gotta love SynApril 16 2010
Avid Reading in NV
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I love Sherrilyn's novels, this was no exception. I liked all the born of.. books. Born of night characters are in this book as well. This is Syn and Shahara's novel. Syn has several past tragedies that he tries to ignore and drown in alcohol. Shahara is a bounty hunter that is trying to make money for her families debt. This takes place in the Ichidian Universe. There are several different planets, species and government systems. One of the systems is after Syn for damaging political information he acquired as a child. Syn has been running his whole life from one thing or another, but he is still a good man working with Nykyrian helping people. Shahara takes on Syn's bounty contract. Trouble ensues.. action, sparks, romance and a sturdy plot. I love Syn, i think he is funny as hell. I reccomend this novel!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Below standardsDec 1 2009
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If you are a fan of Born of Night this book has little to resemble that well made novel. Sure you have two tortured souls who find each other and heal their wounds...etc. Again like the first we have a female,Shay, who thinks the worst of our Hero Syn. Here is where the problem begins Spoiler alert!!! When Syn pays for the sister's hospital bill, and Shay finds out that Syn is the mystery friend of both of her siblings for years AFTER Shay delivers Syn to prison to be beaten and sexually probed...that may be the time I would be the time any normal person with an IQ over 72 would step back and re evaluate the situation! NOT Shay! She makes another agreement to break Syn out of prision and retrieve vital info for a corrupt prison official and bring both Syn and info back! That isn't even HUMAN!!!There is no redemption from that! Through the whole book Syn comes across people (nuns and 300 orphans,family including Shays,homeless etc) that bear witness to the good deeds and honerable person Syn is only for Shy to continue to question him and plot against him. For myself I never made a connection with Shay and in the end she never deserved Syn. To turn a man that has shown nothing but compassion, honor and integrity not once but twice to a system that violated him to an inch of his life...Shay deserves her own personal cell in that prision. Vic was totally not necessary. This character is a hanger on aka side kick! For the last half of the book you had a little robot flying around in and out of scenes making comments...It just wasn't necessary. At the very front of Born of Fire the author writes how this story came about and taking that information into consideration I hope this book is what she wanted. I just couldn't over come the stupidity & back stabbing of Shay. Even the authors attempt to interject Syn's mother and Undo the Drowning...Come on! BORN of ICE! I read the first part of this book and Why of all character's and possibilities did she have to go here! I'm quiting this series now. Hey Born of Night was a brilliant book that I highly recommend and will keep for my personal library. I'm not even loaning my copy out. Get your own.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
super romantic fantasyNov. 10 2009
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With the deaths of their parents, as the oldest Sharara "Shay" Dagan takes responsibility for her two younger sisters and brother. She has fed them and put roof over their heads by being a free-tracer bounty hunter. However, with bills still to pay and her sibling Tessa hospitalized, she needs to make money fast or the government will refuse medical treatment. She accepts a contact to bring in accused rapist killer C.I. Syn, a friend of her sister Caillen. They know each other and he has been kind to her family, but a job brings in needed cash.
Shay pursues Syn as only she can. He is on the lam struggling with the betrayal by his wife and his son and knows his pursuer is a legend in bringing in criminals. However, when Shay catches up to Syn, she fears her attraction to him may be coloring her belief he is innocent; but she prays she is right because she is taking a chance that could harm her sister.
The second Ichidian Universe League futuristic fantasy romance (see Born of Night) focuses on two people who know each other, but his past has made him a semi-loner as expected of an assassin while she remains responsible for her siblings. Fans will enjoy this rewriting of an e-book as this is the ultimate cat and mouse gender war between a take no prisoners tracer and an assassin felon as only Sherrilyn Kenyon can describe.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Loved Syn But....June 25 2014
Loves To Read
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This was my first Sherrilyn Kenyon book so I wasn't put off by whatever inconsistencies there are between it and previous books like so many of the other reviewers. It was an engaging story with a great male protagonist that I really wanted a happy ending for so it kept me turning the pages until the end. BUT unfortunately that engaging story and awesome stud muffin hero were paired up with rather padded, repetitious and in many cases flat out contradictory story telling and a female protagonist who I couldn't stand and who never really redeemed herself even at the end.
So we've got C. I. Syn, the most gorgeous man in the universe who is kind to nuns and puppies even though the whole of existence hates his guts and never misses an opportunity to try to kill him. He's been kicked and beaten down in virtually every way imaginable by the time we meet him. His father was a famous serial killer who beat Syn and his sister regularly and even sold both their virginities to pedophiles when they were children. He's been in prison twice for crimes he didn't commit where he was tortured again by both the inmates and the guards. He had a wife and family once but she cheated on him and dumped him as soon as she found out who he was and his son promptly turned against him too. Even his own mother called the cops on him when he tried to contact her at the tender age of 12. He has literally never caught a break in his whole life despite being a great guy and all he wants is for one person to look beyond his parentage and prison record and see him for who he really is.
Unfortunately, that "one person" is supposed to be the female lead, Shahara. She's a space-aged bounty hunter and a "Seax", whatever that is, and supposedly has such a reputation for kicking butt and bringing in criminals that she makes hardened convicts quake with fear. She and Syn meet when she tries to catch him so she can collect on his extremely high bounty. This is where things pretty much go off the rails. Shahara turns out to be a complete wimp most of the time. She's afraid of practically everything. Men, the dark, dead people, heights, rats and other critters, etc. Seriously? How could a woman who's afraid of heights ever become the most badass bounty hunter in the universe? All the criminals would have to do would be to go on the second floor of a building and she'd be so paralyzed with fear that they could easily escape. It was completely lame for her to have so many hangups and it didn't jive with what her character was supposed to be. And she was worse than useless in most of the action scenarios. Occasionally she'd kick a few guys in the balls or whatever, but for the most part she was dead weight. Worse than that because on multiple occasions her stupidity got them into the fight in the first place. Again, how could the most feared bounty hunter in the world be so idiotic about avoiding pursuers?
And the issues don't stop there. She's totally hypocritical as well. She comes down on Syn like a ton of bricks because he has supposedly murdered some girl, and she never misses an opportunity to sneer at him for being a "filch" which is essentially a thief. And yet we find out later that Shahara herself killed a man in cold blood because he'd raped her years earlier and yet that's okay. And her own father was a smuggler before he died and her brother and sister are currently in the smuggling trade, yet that's okay too. Completely hypocritical that she throws stones at Syn like he's the worst kind of criminal when she or her family have also done everything Syn is accused of doing, and he was innocent of the girl's murder! Shahara really DID hunt down and kill her rapist so she's the real murderer here.
It takes ages and aaaages for Shahara to finally admit that Syn is a decent guy, even though she's seen dozens of examples of it. Her thought process usually went something like this "wow, he just did this amazingly generous thing for no reason...but people suck and you can't trust them so he must be working some angle here." Over and over again that happens. Even after hearing all the horrific details of his childhood and admitting that it was amazing he'd survived at all, she'd still turn around and call him a convict or something else equally derogatory for no reason. It was extremely tiresome to listen to.
Not to mention that as she finally starts to have feelings for him, she's holding onto a secret that she's planning to screw him over in the end. She's taken a job to find a chip that Syn stashed somewhere two decades ago and when she gets it, she's going to turn him in to the cops. Even after she admits to herself and him that she's in love with him it never occurs to her to just TELL Syn about the job so they can figure a way out of it together. Nope, she just goes on and on in her inner monologue about how guilty she'll feel when she betrays him and how much it'll hurt him. Great plan. But that's in between her continued bouts of bitchiness where she argues with Syn about the slightest little thing. She even complains about the way he keeps saving her life just because it involves going to some less than nice places. So sorry your highness but wouldn't you rather run through a sewer and live than die on a nice clean street? It just never ends with her.
I thought the ending was going to make up for a lot of Shahara's crap but she went and ruined it with her usual attitude. She betrays Syn but convinces a judge to give him a fair trial. She also held onto the chip she was supposed to turn in because it contains the confession of a presidential assassin. It saves Syn's life that she did this because he was on the brink of being executed but it also means he gets tortured again for hours and hours while they try to get him to say where the chip really is. Eventually he's acquitted and free to go but he can't forgive her for betraying him again so they go their separate ways for a few months. Finally Syn's friends come and basically say he's not a man if he lets her go so he swallows his pride and goes to her.
She has supposedly been depressed and pining away for him for months but when he shows up at her door, rather than falling to her knees and apologizing and begging him to forgive her she pulls an attitude. Suddenly deciding that if he can't say the words "I love you" then she just can't be with him. Excuse me? And when her coldness makes him turn away and almost leave, she doesn't do anything to stop him. He changes his mind on his own and despite her being a bitch to him just 10 seconds ago, he gets down on one knee and proposes.....and she gets angry because she thinks the ring he's giving her was bought for some other woman. Again, WHAT? He has to reassure her that it was bought for her and offer to show her the receipt before she finally deigns to accept his proposal. And even then she's still issuing demands, wanting to know what the C. I. initials in his name stand for, claiming she won't marry him if he doesn't tell her and when he does tell her, she laughs at him.
She definitely didn't deserve him.
Aside from those issues, the book was kind of padded with endless recitations of all the horrible things that had happened to both Syn and Shahara in their terrible lives, as well as long inner monologues from both of them re-explaining why they had trouble trusting each other. Things could have been tightened up quite a bit by removing that stuff.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A New FavoriteJan. 26 2012
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Let me start out by saying if you read "Born of Night" and "Born of Fire" back to back, please be sure to read the author's note at the beginning of these books. Especially "Born of Fire". If not, you might end up being a tad bit annoyed. I read the note and so I went in prepared for the deviations.
I have never felt as connected to a character as I did Shahara who is our heroine in this book. Growing up poor, I know what its like to look at something you want so badly but you can't afford it. I also know what its like to have to be the responsible one and not want to show weakness. I sadly don't have the closeness she did with her siblings but ever emotion Shahara felt throughout this story I felt right along with her deeper than I ever had a character before.
I hurt for Syn and his story. He may have actually become one of my most favorite heroes that Kenyon's ever written. I love Acheron, Vane, Zarek, Fang and tons of the others but I think Syn will always have a special place in my heart.
I don't know why, as I said before, I'm not a big SciFi fan but this one is definitely on my favorites list. Even as I hurried to see how the book ended, at the same time, I was sad when I did reach that conclusion. I wanted more. The true sign of a good story.
I didn't go into this series thinking I'd be dying for the next installment as I had her other books but I find myself pleasantly surprised. Next time I see Sherrilyn Kenyon, likely during Dragon*con, I will be taking Born of Fire because this is a book I definitely want signed.
Five Stars. Not to sound cliche but I laughed and cried and all at the right moments. There were even times I held my breath. This is a book worthy of your shelf.