Friday, 3 February 2012

URBAN FANTASY ROMANCE REVIEW: A League Novel 4: Born of Shadows - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Release Date: 02/02/12


For Caillen Dagan, a defiant soldier of fortune, survival isn't a right: it's a brutal daily battle. Moving through the Ichidaian universe like a wraith, his brushes with the law and death are legendary. But when an act of rare heroism reveals his hidden birthright, he's forced into a world much more dangerous and cold-hearted than the bloody streets where he was raised - one of obscene wealth and lethal politics. Ferocious and determined, Desideria serves as an official bodyguard for her queen. Born of questionable genetics, she will do anything to prove herself worthy of the weapons she carries and the position she's won by combat. But when she uncovers a ruthless plot to assassinate the queen and overthrow her country's government, Desideria is caught in the crossfire. With assassination contracts out on both of them, Caillen and Desideria must learn to fight together or die alone. And if they fail, their governments will fall into the hands of an unimaginable evil.


Sherrilyn returns to the “League” with this new outing following Caillen, a thief with a heart and of course fingers as light as a butterfly. He’s quirky, he has great strengths and I also like the vulnerability displayed within the text for him. Add to this a title that has solid action, good pace and of course plot twist after plot twist and you’d think that you’d be in for a whale of a time.

Sadly in this title, that’s not the case as the author feels the need to throw twist after twist in so much so that you don’t know which way is up and of course it starts to feel a little like a Escher piece of art. Don’t get me wrong a lot of the elements that a reader wants is there but the key points of a huge love story doesn’t quite hit the mark and some of the events within lead you to ask questions about whether the author (as well as a certain character) has had a change of heart about themselves. Hopefully all will become clear and whilst this is a reasonable title, it’s certainly not the authors best.

1 comment:

Pat Hollett said...

what a completely honest and open review Gareth. Now that's what we like...the truth. I still don't know how you find the time to read so many books. I barely have time for a couple a month. I'm jealous! ;)