C.I. Syn the deadly, predatory and notorious filch has been accused of an horrific rape and murder. The warrant out for his capture is picked up by Seax Shahara Dagan, desperate for money to pay for her sister’s medical bills. Had she not been in such need, not even she would have gone after the son of one of the worst criminals in history. Branded by his father’s sins and a universal assumption that the son would follow in his evil footsteps, Shahara goes in fully prepared to meet a monster. What she finds though is what she least expects, an honourable man trying to escape a past that continually haunts him.
After finishing Born of Night, I was eager to get right into the escapades of Nykyrian’s best friend but it took a while for me to get a copy. I thought I might have to re-read the first book to get back into the setting but only a few pages in, I was well into the story. I love how Sherrilyn Kenyon can write so astutely from another’s viewpoint in a different book. Born of Night was Nykyrian’s story in which Syn featured quite a lot and while I liked him, he was a grumpy soul with obvious issues from his past. In this book, seeing life from his point of view told me so much more. As I learned his history and how he’d been treated just because of who his father was, my heart just went out to him. Shahara’s struggle to keep her family together and their ability to get themselves into trouble, expecting her to bail them out all the time was well written too and her love tinged with exasperation and weariness were very tangible. I loved these two characters together, right from their first encounter, there were sparks flying. As the story progressed and perceptions changed for them both, I just fell in love with them more and knowing what was likely to happen at the end, made it all the more heartbreaking. Everything fit so well together, the pace of the book, the action, drama and love scenes and at no point did I feel any of it was gratuitous. The only negative thing I can find to say is she re-uses one or two phrases which can get annoying but it’s a minor thing and those phrases do carry a lot of weight.
As an added note, these books are not just Dark-Hunters re-created in space but their own unique stories, completely separate from the rest of Sherrilyn’s work and even if you aren’t a sci-fi fan, if you enjoy her books, definately read these!