A fate worse than death . . .
Bastien Cabarro survived the brutal slaughter of his entire family only to have his wife pin their murders on him. Made Ravin by The League, he is now a target for their assassins-in-training to hunt and kill. The average life expectancy for such beings is six weeks. But defying the odds is what this Gyron Force officer does best, and Bastien won't rest until he lays his betrayers in their graves.
Ten years later, he has one chance to balance the scales of justice, provided he relies on his former wingman— the very sister of the woman who testified against him.
Major Ember Wyldestarrin joined the outlaw Tavali the day Kirovar fell into the hands of a tyrant, and she and her team were left on an outpost to die under the barrage of enemy fire. The last thing she wants is to be involved in politics again. But if she doesn't bring Bastien in, her sister will pay the ultimate price. Now she has to find some way to betray her former wingman before he catches on and kills her. Even so, treachery doesn't come easy to a woman who took a loyalty oath to protect her homeworld and comrades-in-arms, especially when Bastien means more to her than just another partner.
Yet as she tries to do right for her family, she learns that Bastien doesn't just hold the key to the fate of Kirovar, he is vital to The Sentella-League war, and to The Tavali. If she hands him over, three nations fall. If she doesn't, her entire family dies. Their fates are all in her hands, and time for all of them is quickly running out in Born of Vengeance, the next League: Nemesis Rising novel from New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon.
I really enjoyed this book. But it was kinda like Dragonmark-having scenes from previous books from this book's main character's POV's. But we didn't really even get to see Ember and Bastien fall in love. Which sucks. If it had been done like Dragonmark-or Born of Legend, this would've been a much better book. As it was, I enjoyed it as a regular book, not like a Sherrilyn Kenyon book. Again, which sucks.
I kinda think that the synopsis needs to be updated. Because Ember didn't entertain thoughts of betraying Bastien, she was all in in bringing down his evil uncle. And I don't see how Bastien is key to three nations falling-he's not in control of the one he was prince of, and his cousin Nyk and Aunt and Uncle have a pretty good hold on the other two, and I can't think of any other nations he's tied to like that.
Honestly, it feels like a good chunk of the beginning, and the middle, and the end were missing, a big part because of the previous books scenes. Maybe we're being tricked, and this was an earlier draft, and the whole book wasn't ready in time so they published this. Because I'd really love the story that the synopsis made me think this book was!
Not to say this wasn't a good book-it was. It just wasn't up to Sherrilyn Kenyon's level. Things kept happening. Bam, they met. Bam, she has to break his heart. Bam, he has to marry her sister. Bam, his family is killed and he's blamed. Bam, scenes from other books. Bam, they're together and bam he has a half brother and bam he has a son and bam his brother thought to be dead isn't, bam he's the emperor. There wasn't a lot of emotional connection to these characters, and they spend the middle bit which spans years, apart. Yeah.
The things I liked about this book, was that Bastien gave us a look at what Julien's life was like from a different perspective, from someone who had a much better relationship with these people then Julien himself did. The other was the short story at the end-it was a very nice touch, having more of Dagger and him taking on Thia!
It's just kinda sad, because I was looking forward to this book. Maybe it'll get re-released with the story heavily expanded? Because I know Sherrilyn Kenyon cares about her fans and writing the best story possible and right now, I don't think this story is that. Oh, well, I still can't wait for the next League book!
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: The League #10
Read: February 7th, 2017
Reason Why: I love her writing and this series so much! And it's a 2017 Dystopia Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: February 7th 2017