Monday, April 30, 2012

Review: Born of Silence

**Spoiler Free** I went into this book convinced I was not going to like it.  Darling has been a beloved character for me ever since the start of the League series.  And I was absolutely livid about the idea that after three books, Sherrilyn Kenyon was taking a character who had always been gay and making him straight.  From the moment I finished Born of Shadows, the idea festered in my head.  I complained about it for a year.  Then I started reading this book and it blew me away from the very beginning.

Obviously, Darling is not gay and in my heart of hearts, that may always bother me on some level.  But Kenyon makes it work. I'm not going to spoil how, because it's part of the journey.  In fact, I'm going to try really hard to keep as much of the plot to myself as I can because I don't want to rob you of the shocking twists and turns the story takes us on.

The bare bones are as follows:  Darling has been having a super-secret affair with a Resistance fighter named Zarya for two years, but he's been doing it as his alter-ego Kere. She has never seen his face but their love is real and they plan to get married.   And then it all goes to hell.  Darling's miserable past is slowly revealed over the course of the book and as horrible as it is, what he goes through in the present may actually be worse.  The depths of his misery are hard to bear.  I question whether anyone can go through what he does and emerge with a soul intact on the other side, no matter the depth of the love or friendship that surrounds him.

Kenyon is the queen of the tortured heroes and while Acheron may always reign supreme as the most tortured, Darling gives him a run for his money --and if you've read Acheron that should tell you a lot.  What Darling has, though, that Ash never did is an amazing friend in Maris.  I love Maris.  He is the glue that holds Darling together when he begins to crack, and I'm so glad this character existed to give our hero some shelter from the storm.

As for Zarya, she makes a mistake that has serious consequences.  But I believe she is a good person. And there is absolutely no doubt that she loves Darling with her whole heart.  The question becomes whether her love will be enough to help heal him.

The cast of the previous League books feature prominently and Kenyon does a fantastic job maintaining continuity. I loved learning how Darling became part of the Sentella and seeing how Nyk, Syn and the others became his real family.  It's also great to see the old characters not just used as placeholders for a happy ending update, but as a real part of the story.

And the ending.  It was one heck of an ending.  A game changer for the series.

I'm not going to say any more, except that if you are a League fan and were on the fence about this book, I urge you to read it.  You'll be moved... outraged... and amazed. Or at least, I was.

Rating: A-

*ARC Provided by Grand Central Publishing

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Born of Silence
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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16 Comments:

At Monday, April 30, 2012 at 9:44:00 AM CDT , Blogger Pamela {@SpazP} said...

This SO spoke to me because I AM a League fan and I have been TOTALLY on the fence on this one. Thanks for the review!

 
At Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10:02:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

You're welcome. It's dark, dark, dark. But... wow. Let me know what you think after you read it.

 
At Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10:20:00 AM CDT , Blogger Paranormal Haven said...

Another League fan who is on the fence right here! I'm so glad it turned out great. Looking forwarding to getting my own copy :-)

 
At Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10:25:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

Awesome! I hope you like it!

 
At Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10:49:00 AM CDT , Blogger Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal said...

I just realized that I have Born in Shadows sitting on my bookshelf and I've never read it. I need to get caught up so I can see how Darling's story plays out.

 
At Monday, April 30, 2012 at 3:18:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

I didn't love Born of Shadows...

 
At Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 12:49:00 AM CDT , Blogger Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal said...

I'm going to be honest, one of the reasons it's been sitting here for a while untouched is that I wasn't thrilled with who the story followed. But I'm going to do it. I'm going to get caught up on this series so I can read Born of Silence.

 
At Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:18:00 PM CDT , Blogger Amber Hughes said...

So you're telling me I'm going to need to get the tissues ready? Acheron's book killed me, so I'm getting myself prepared. I felt just like you when I first heard that his character was not gay in this book. I was like "how can she change that and make him straight?!" She asked us to trust her about it and after reading your review I feel better, because that did upset me. I'm just waiting for Amazon to ship my copy. Great review Jen!

 
At Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:20:00 AM CDT , Blogger Vanessa theJeepDiva said...

I prefer the League books over Kenyon's DH books. I'm glad to see that the book worked for you. I was concerned for the exact reasons you were. I am looking more forward to reading it now.

 
At Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:37:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

Thanks Amber. --I hate waiting for shipping. One of the biggest reasons I've switched almost entirely to ebooks. Instant gratification. Let me know what you think when it comes!

 
At Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:38:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

I hope you enjoy it, Vanessa.

 
At Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 8:35:00 PM CDT , Blogger Amber Hughes said...

I thought I had subscribed to the comments/replies and just realized I hadn't so I didn't see your reply until now! Oops! LOL! I will definitely let you know my thoughts after I read it.

If I didn't love "physical" books so much, I would do more of the ebooks. I'm just not ready to give them up. I totally understand about the instant gratification though! :-)

 
At Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 9:17:00 PM CDT , OpenID jadeeelisa said...

I was first a Dark Hunter fan but the League series absolutely blew it away. Darling's story was much anticipated & it didn't let me down. My fingers are still gnarled from reading this book in one sitting. I love the relationship between Darling & Maris. So psyched to hear that Maris is getting his own book. So how long til the next League book.

 
At Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 9:34:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

The Maris book is supposed to be in December. Then Hauk's book in April 2013.

 
At Monday, May 14, 2012 at 9:18:00 AM CDT , Blogger Lesley-Ann said...

I Love this book, and I cried when reading it. It is definitely the best of the series, and almost on a par with Acheron. I await the next one with excitement.

 
At Monday, July 16, 2012 at 5:39:00 PM CDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel like I am missing something here...I love Sherrilyn Kenyons books, and the League series especially, but this book made me want to tear my hair out. How is Zarya even remotely a good person?! She is spoilt, impatient and selfish.
WARNING SPOILERS: She tries to leave as soon as she possibly can everytime Darling so much as looks at her! Case and point, only the second time he speaks to her she says “Fuck you, you sanctimonious bastard! At least I didn’t throw you away… twice!” She got up to leave again. He was horrifically disfigured because of her!
Even with a good ending, I couldn't get past how despicable Zarya is. Not worthy of Darling at all and I'm a bit ashamed of Kenyon for even creating her. Its making me review all the previous female characters in her books and its not looking pretty. I hope the next book is better, or I might lose interest entirely!

 

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