Book Review: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Born of Shadows

Posted June 11, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Born of Shadows

Born of Shadows


Sherrilyn Kenyon

romance, science fiction that was published by Grand Central Publishing on April 26, 2011 and has 448 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Blood Trinity, Man of My Dreams, Invincible, Retribution, Big Guns Out of Uniform, Tapestry, Deadly Promises, In Other Worlds, Dream Warrior, "One BAD Night", Dark Side of the Moon, Alterant, The Guardian, Whispered Lies, Infamous, Born of Silence, Aftertaste, The Curse, Inferno, Rise of the Gryphon, Styxx, Dangerous Women, Son of No One, Dragonbane, Born of Vengeance, Deadmen Walking

Fourth in the League science-fiction romance series about an entire universe of plotting planets and governments with its corrupt League against the plucky group of pirates, smugglers, bounty hunters…well, you get the picture.

My Take

This series is full of such a messed-up group of people! It seems as though most of them led the most hideous childhoods, and sometime after they became adults and had even more hideous and dangerous adventures, they find out they’re royalty. That or they fall in love with someone who turns out to be royalty…after, of course, they’ve had some hair raising adventures.

Each story has a core group of characters who fly out in support of the focus character, in this case, they fall out for Caillen Dagan.

For all that, I do so enjoy reading most of The League novels. It’s Saturday-afternoon-at-the-movies with all the action, weapons, cool gadgets, and hunky underdogs fighting for good. Besides, it’s so much fun to see what Kenyon has managed to imagine this time!

There is one scene at that delicate conference where Caillen rips ’em all a new one, just lovely, lol.

The Story

About to be executed for smuggling, Caillen gets a last-minute reprieve when his real father steps up. Who knew Caillen was the long-lost son of an emperor?

It’s not much of a reprieve, however, as Caillen now has to learn all the social and political niceties of being a prince…lessons that are just not sinking in. Not in time for a politically fraught conference between the Emperor of the Garvon and Exeter systems and the Qillac queen.

The impression Caillen makes on all only contributes to his going on the run with one of the Queen’s Guard, accused of assassinating the emperor and the queen.

Their only chance is to uncover the truth and discover who they can trust.

The Characters

Caillen thinks he’s a no-account smuggler. Turns out he’s the long-lost son of Evzen, the Emperor of the Garvon and Exeter systems.

Desideria, one of the Qillac queen’s daughters and is currently one of the Queen’s Guard.

The Cover and Title

The cover is surprisingly classy with its gradated black to blue background and the bronze?? gilt?? symbol rising up while the title is consistent with the three previous full-length stories.