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Born Of Shadows: Number 4 in series (League)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I'm not going to go on about the blurb, as amazon is now doing this so well with most books, but I borrowed this book from my library for forty pence, and thought that it was money ok-spent.

I quite enjoyed the first three books on their incarnation, and re-read them a few years ago, once they'd been lengthened and fleshed-out on their reincarnation, and for me, it's a case of the original being the best. I liked the connections between each book, and when the next generation down appeared in a novella (the son of one of the original leads, sorry, can't remember more), that was decent too, again because of the connections.

In this, Caillen is connected in that he is Shahara's adopted brother, and therefore Sin's brother-in-law, so I was prepared for more of the same, but I found it a tad...boring. Too much time spent on fighter ships, too much time dodging enemies/frenemies, too much fighting and in-fighting and skullduggery. I couldn't really see the attraction between Caillen and Desideria, as I didn't feel that I got told enough about her to be able to form her image in my mind. I also think that the author shied away from outright describing her as Black/non-Caucasian, which IMHO, makes me think why go there with a mixed-race couple if you're not really going to go there? I mean, we get hints with the use of 'dusky' and 'exotic', 'bow lips' and 'lush curves', but why not tell us outright? Plus, the time they do spend with each other, they're bloodied, dirty, haven't showered for days and then suddenly, they are having sex in the shower, with it being her first time and that's it - a one-time event? The attraction wasn't visible to me, and didn't seem plausible; the scene was there because there is meant to be some romantic element to this series.

Overall, it was an ok read, I suppose, but IMHO it's another case of authors who have a demanding and expectant fanbase putting out ok books, rather than great books, in order to fulfill a deadline, to please their publishers and hopefully their fans, but also to line their own pockets. I can think of several series, including the 'summer biggie SK' Were/Dark Hunter ones, where the recent books have been less than brilliant. But, hey, that's just my IMHO.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a long awaited book, not least because of the interest engendered by Caillen in earlier League books, and the fact that by Devan's story, he had become Emperor, having 'disappeared' from the smuggling business.

I won't repeat the synopsis of the story, other than this being the story of Caillen Dagan, brother of Shahara. Whilst not officially a member of the Sentella, he is linked to them, having participated in the rescue of Nykyrian's wife to be. His character is fleshed out a bit in the second League book, when it is clear that he flies regularly for Syn's shipping company. We know the other characters call him a 'manwhore' due to his having a vigorous libido. We know he is proud of being a 3rd generation smuggler.

Perhaps, it is as a result of this that this book seems a little bit bare of detail. The initial scene, when Caillen is engaged in doing a favour for his sister, contains the most detail of him, and his style. I do like the way he demonstrates his frustration with court protocol, and then the rather elegant way that his friends help him to remember what he is supposed to do at formal events. The way that the story develops is classic Sherrilyn Kenyon, and she pulls in other characters from the League stories, specifically the Hauk brothers, Caillen's sisters, Darling Cruel and Nykyrian. At the same time, she introduces yet another culture to the mix, the Amazon-like Qillaq It would perhaps have been interesting to have more development on Desideria's father, but perhaps that might come up in a later story. Another interesting touch is that Darling Cruel is developed a bit more in this story, a preparation for his own book which is due shortly.

Overall, this book has all the makings of being one that can be read over and over again, and this is a hallmark of a Sherrilyn Kenyon's books. I would prefer to give it FOUR AND A HALF STARS, but only because I would have liked to learn more about the things that make Caillen tick, rather than seeing him as a shapshot of who has become. One other reason for dropping half a star is that because of the background references e.g. to previous League characters, it may be possible to read this as a standalone book, but it is better if you know who those characters are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
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on 15 May 2011
if you haven't already bought this book, buy it now BUT don't start reading it until you either have or can make the time to read it cover to cover - as that's what you'll want to do.

True, Caillen's story is not as thick as some of them, but that doesn't stop it from being a fantastic book.
Although it's a standalone story, I would highly recommend starting the series from the beginning so that you understand some (few) of the references.
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on 28 October 2013
My son has the complete set of these books and reading the last one as I give this review. He reads lots of stuff but taken to this author and the Born of trilogies as if the books were going out of fashion. He no sooner finishes one book and straight onto the next follow up book. He highly recommends these books and that you won,t be disappointed if buy the complete set as you will lose yourself in the books for days until finish them,
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on 2 July 2011
absolutely superb, non stop action from start to finish and a brilliant romance in aswell. i was hooked from start to finish. this is the 4th book in the series and all books can be read alone but you'll get more out of them if you read from book 1. an absolutely fabulous series and look forward to reading more in the future
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on 1 April 2014
Too good to put into words Kenyon does it again and what she does best is write can't say enough good things about all her books and this one doesn't let the series down, full of great descriptive action and a love story that forges ahead against all odds love love love it a real page turner hard to put down
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on 7 September 2014
I loved this SK book. Unlike her previous League books there is less romance/sex scenes and A whole lot more action. It goes into a lot mire detail on Caillan and explains a lot from the scene at the end of the previous book of how/where Cai disappeared too.
Definitely worth the read!
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on 14 November 2012
Thoughly enjoyed the previous stories and couldn't wait for the next one and Born of Shadows didn't disappoint. Sherrilyn sets the scenes so well, so much so, I am transported into a world that is now like a second home. Loved Caillen, he's strong, sexy and perfectly flawed.
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on 13 February 2012
I've read the other books in this series so far and loved it so i had high hopes for this book and wasn't dissapointed, it was great!
it arrived earlier than stated and in perfect condition
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