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A Romantic Science Fiction Thriller

Born of Shadows Some of you know that I don’t normally read romance fiction. I do, however, read some paranormal romance novels, because they feature strong, independent women as main characters and have great plotlines. I love science fiction and I’ve read a few of Serrilyn Kenyon’s short stories that I really liked in various paranormal anthologies. So when I saw a brief description for , I wanted to see if it lived up to the description.

If I were categorizing Born of Shadows, I’d categorize it as a science fiction thriller, with a strong romantic interest thrown in to spice things up; however, no one asked me to become the goddess of fiction categorization, so what do I know?

Born of Shadows is Book #4 of The League series. I’m sure reading the first three novels would make the Born of Shadows experience even better; however, I found it fairly easy to figure out the universe and the different cultures/worlds. Ms. Kenyon does an excellent job of integrating enough information that you can figure things out without inundating you with so much background info that it takes away from the action. And there’s a lot of action.

When Caillen Dagan was only eight years old, he watched in horror from the shadows as his father was murdered by an assassin. His dad’s last instructions to him were to take care of his older sisters, to never let any government get him into its system, and to never let anyone test his DNA – quite a lot for a small child to manage.

“There was a sadness in his father’s eyes that scared [Caillen]him. A resignation that had never been there before and it made him want to cry. But Dagans didn’t cry and he wasn’t about to let his dad see him act like one of his sisters.”

Caillen’s sisters are a handful to say the least. The Dagans are multi-generational smugglers, and damn good ones. Caillen has grown up to be the best of them all. Shahara is the oldest and the closest thing to a mother that Caillen has. Kasen is the biggest pain in his butt and is always getting into serious jams that Caillen has to get her out of. Her latest stunt of transporting illegal antibiotics definitely would have gotten her killed by the League’s Enforcers if he hadn’t taken the blame for what she’d done. It does land him in jail on Garvon, awaiting execution. Not exactly what he had in mind for how his life would end but, given that fights for survival are a daily affair for him, he goes to his beheading with all the swagger he can muster.

“Darling always said [Caillen’s] his sisters would be the death of him. Little bugger had been right.”

Imagine Caillen’s surprise when he wakes up not in hell but to find he has been resuscitated and pardoned. He thinks he’s a hallucinating ghost at first because you can’t be resuscitated from decapitation. He’s told the prison staff did a routine DNA check and discovered he was heir to a throne. When he’s told that, he thinks his friends rescued him and are playing a nasty prank on him. Caillen is told his real name is Ken Radek Aluzahn de Orezy and that he was kidnapped as a toddler, and was eventually given up for dead. It seems his real father is the emperor of the Garvon and Exeter systems, not a deceased smuggler. When he’s shown a picture of his real mother, he realizes she looks exactly like him so there might be some truth in what he’s being told.

Source: popcornreads.com


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Broken flowers

2005-08-26 07:45:49 by lime

Jarmusch movies are like vonnegut books for me: i feel engaged while experiencing the things but afterward the only lingering thought in my head is: didn't i drop off TWO pairs of pants at the dry cleaners?
a recommend only for jarmusch fans. it was basically payne's about schmidt, if schmidt hadn't gotten married and was more attractive.
it was a kind of phone-in for murray. only the connection was bad. and the line went down 2/3rds of the way through.
it would've made for more engaging viewing if some of the mystery had been amped up. not made into some sixth sense thriller, but with more audience teasing, clues and red herrings along the way


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