As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The League series. I’ve had Born of Fury and just hadn’t gotten around to reading it. Well, until a couple of days ago. Given the fact I like to read and bed and I now have to wear glasses (grr…), it is difficult to hold a 700 page hardbound novel. Needless to say, I survived!
Born of Fury is the 7th book in the series. It’s the story of Dancer Hauk, the massive, lumbering Andarion.
Here’s the description:
Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella- an organization that has declared war on the League that rules the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrifies it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.
Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.
But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better trained and skilled than his dossier shows. More than that, as she pursues him, she stumbles upon the key that will bring down not only Hauk, but the entire Sentella organization.
In the race to report her information, she is overtaken by enemies out to end her as effectively as she intends to end Hauk. Now her only key to survival is the one man she’s been sent to kill. And Hauk doesn’t trust her at all.
The only question is, will he help her to live… or send her to her grave.
I liked the story, I really did. I got to see a side of Hauk I didn’t expect. He is a remarkable male. I was very surprised at how much more there is to him. Kudos to Kenyon for the way she developed him. Sumi was the perfect match for him. She was tough and yet she was able to tame him. Of course I liked that Nyk, Syn, Maris, Darling, and the rest of the extended family (kids and all) were present in the book.
My only gripe was that parts of the book dragged. There was a lot of explanation/ back story on the Andarion culture and on Dancer’s youth. Oh, and get used to her using the word “Gah.” For whatever reason, she seems to like it!! One clever thing I did like…TAM. Hauk is a Tactical Assault Monkey. Heh heh
Here’s your warning. Spoiler ahead. I really liked the ending of this book (before the epilogue). As an author, sometimes I struggle with tying everything together and presenting it in a well-written package. Kenyon did a great job, and I want to share it.
So no, he wasn’t whipped. He’d been tamed by a fearless little mouse who had boldly stood up to the beast inside him, and found the heart that no one else had ever claimed.
The heart that no one else would ever own.
For the first time ever, the War Hauk was at peace.
But he would always be ready to war anytime, anywhere against anyone who came for, or at, his family.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Strong alone. Stronger together.
Born of Defiance is the next release in the series, expected in May 2015. Born of Betrayal, which follows in November 2015, will be Fain’s story. Yay!