Friday, July 8, 2011

Review: Born of Fire (The League #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Synopsis (Goodreads):
In a universe where assassins make the law, everyone lives in fear—except for Syn. Born of an illicit scandal that once rocked a dynasty, he always knew how to survive on the bloodthirsty streets. But that was then, and the future is now...

Syn was raised as a tech-thief until his livelihood uncovered a truth that could end his life. He tried to destroy the evidence, and has been on the run ever since. Now trained as an assassin, he allows no one to threaten him. Ever. He is the darkness that swallows his enemies whole.

Shahara Dagan is the best bounty hunter in the universe. When Syn comes back on the radar, she’s the only one who can bring him to justice. There’s only one problem: Syn is a close family friend who’s helped out the Dagans countless times. But if she saves him, both of their lives will be on the line. Is Syn’s protection worth the risk? The only hope Shahara has is to find the evidence he buried long ago. Now it’s kill or be killed—and they, the predators, have just become the hunted...
My Thoughts:  Oh, poor, poor Syn!  Can Sherrilyn Kenyon write gorgeously damaged characters or what?  I don't know if Syn ranks higher than Nykyrian on the damaged heroes scale but he's right up there.

I absolutely adored Syn.  I hated how he was treated as a child and the lengths he had to go to while growing up to keep his friends safe.  He's had a hard life and he can't seem to outrun his past.  As soon as people learn who his father was they assume that he's just as evil.  Yet all the adversity that he's had to face hasn't turned him into a cold blooded killer.  He's a decent man, it's just that no one can get close enough to him to see it.

Shahara was harder to get a handle on.  For a badass Seax, she had moments of being very wishy-washy and everything under the sun seemed to either frighten her or confuse her.  While I can accept that she wasn't used to thinking like a criminal it was amusing that she had to rely on Syn practically every time they got into a tight situation.  I'd have to say that it wasn't until she showed her shooting prowess that I began to believe that she was as good as she claimed to be.

One of Sherrilyn Kenyon's greatest strengths is in the worlds she creates.  This entire universe is dark and full of corruption and betrayal and it's fabulous.  The although the secondary characters don't get much page time in this book they shine when they get their chances.

Strong writing, sexy characters and betrayal around every corner keep me coming back for more.  I'm beyond excited that we're getting more books in this series.

Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Born of Night

More books by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Reading challenges: The Morbid Romantica Challenge

1 comment:

  1. Great review. I actually liked Syn's story more than Nykyrian's and will hopefully get back to this series soon!