Command Assassin Nykyrian Quiakades is one of the League’s most feared and vicious assassins and is the only man who managed to stay alive for more than a few hours after refusing to fulfill a contract, an act of treason and punishable by death. So he does the only thing he can, he vanishes.
A dangerous predator of the highest order, he forms an organisation that would become a shield between the league and their contracts on innocents caught in the cross-fire of political gain. With only 3 people in the entire universe he can remotely stand to be around, hunted by the League and several others who would also see him dead, he accepts a contract to protect a dancer, Kiara Zamir whose father’s political ambitions have made her a target. As her life becomes more dangerous and attempts on her life more desperate, they have to go against everything they’ve been taught from a young age. Trust no one or they will destroy you.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Born of Night. Interesting premise, but a Sherrilyn Kenyon book set in space? hmm. She has become one of my favourite authors through her Dark-Hunter series, but would the things that make those books so absorbing, translate into a science-fiction setting. The answer is yes. Oh yes.
I started reading it this morning and I couldn’t put it down til I’d finished, I was utterly hooked. I was interested to read from the Author’s note at the start that it had been published before, but a different version, with what I guess has a lot of the violence or sexual content removed or toned down. I never managed to get hold of a copy and in all honesty am now glad I didn’t. This book is the one she wanted to release, whole and not hiding away any of life’s darker side and I am so glad she was given the chance.
The setting was good, the universe she created is diverse and interesting but where it stands out (and I know I’ve said this before and I will say it again) are her amazing characters. Nykyrian is larger than life and oh so hot, even when he is being the dangerous and vicious assassin he was trained to be. Kiara is just lovable, her naivety endearing and after everything she goes through, still manages keeps that trait but gains more strength in who she is and what she wants. The secondary characters of Syn, Hauk and Jayne are brilliant too and I know the next book centres on Syn and what happens with him towards the end. It will make an interesting read but I’m not sure if he will quite match up to Nykyrian. I will have to wait and see!
All in all, a fantastic read and if you like Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter books, you need to read this, and don’t let the fact it’s technically science-fiction put you off.