Today, I spent the afternoon finishing Born of Defiance. I had to know how things were going to end up between Talyn and Felicia and almost more importantly, the Anatoles.
If you aren’t familiar, Born of Defiance is book #8 (according to Goodreads) in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The League series. It’s a long book (over 500 pages) that I read fairly quickly.
Here’s the blurb:
Born an Outcast, Talyn Batur has spent the whole of his life fighting against the prejudice of his people. An Andarion without a father is not something anyone wants to be.
But when his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him and his own beliefs of justice and right.
Now, he must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life or end it. And when old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.
It took a bit of adjustment for me as I read…this book does not take place chronologically after the last one (Born of Fury). It was something that became very obvious at the end when Nyk came into the picture. That wasn’t an issue for me, I just had to get my brain in the correct perspective!
I really, really liked Talyn as a hero. He’s now one of my favorite characters in the series. He was so loyal, so much of a good person despite all the horrible atrocities that had been committed against him. No matter how poorly someone treated him, he always did the right thing. He was fiercely protective of his loved ones and constantly fought to make his life better.
Felicia rocked! She was the perfect combination of loving, meek, graceful, and yet she also had a protective streak. The med student “companion” had a special way of controlling her love. Nothing like the mouse keeping the enraged tiger in line!
Not sure if this is a spoiler, but I would have loved to see Fain in the ending. There has to be a story with what happened between him and Galene. I hope, at some point, Ms. Kenyon shares it with us. Aannddd…maybe I just need to have some patience! LOL Born of Betrayal is the next book that will be released in the series. It is scheduled for November 3, 2015, and it will be Fain’s book. Imagine that!!
For an added bonus, visit Ms. Kenyon’s website for more information on the book and characters. Here’s the link. As a treat, I’m including the picture she posted of Talyn. He rocks!! I wouldn’t want to meet him in the Ring or in a dark alley for that matter!
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars