by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published May 12th 2015
by St. Martin's Press
Born an Outcast, Talyn Batur has spent the whole of his life fighting against the prejudice of his people. An Andarion without a father is not something anyone wants to be.
But when his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him and his own beliefs of justice and right.
Now, he must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life or end it. And when old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.
Talyn is the non-Vested bastard son of an Outcast Andarion male. His only choice as a Vested-less male is to join the military. Trying to rise in the ranks, he fights in the Ring, and became the first of a non-Vested bastard to fight in the Ring only Vested make are allowed to, and becoming champion. But he has problems, as the new commander, who happens to also be a member of the current royalty ruling the planet and took over his squadron, appears to hate him and makes his life in the military horrible. Even to go as far as changing his times to come back to base and making him late and even AWOL, so much on paper he seems so bad he cannot transfer to another squadron or base. Knowing he can never mate with an Andarion female or have a family, Talyn contracts for a companion, Felicia Orfanos. Virginal Half-Vest though a bastard, her father allowing her to know his lineage, though it limited her careers and choices, still, she had it better than Talyn, and is able to go to medical school.
As love grow between the two of them, Talyn finds himself torn between the Andarion government and his beliefs in justice, as Felicia’s half brother pulls him into a plot against the government. A government that is tyrannical and even involved with their enemies. He must make the right choice, as it not only involves survival of his world, but others, but also Felicia’s life too.
I’ve read the earlier books that began this romantic science fiction series. This one is the best so far, even with some plot holes. The tortured hero is still there and the sex too, but it is more a science fiction story with action. I can see the world and the people in it. Still, a few plot holes. Such as Fain not knowing he had a son and able to abandon Talyn’s mother, Galene and him. Not paid for his fights (goes to his manager) and yet rich enough to buy the condo and pay Felicia’s schooling. Those and the couple others are why I won’t give the highest rating I can for what is a well-written book.
Need to get away from real life? Born of Defiance will do that for you, transporting you to alien worlds. So just say "Beam me up.” next time you’re at the bookstore, library, or searching an online store, and grab the novel.
Pamela K. Kinney
About the Author:
The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger… as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she’s found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With tens of millions of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.
In the last few years, she has placed more than 75 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes, including young adult, manga, fantasy, science fiction and horror. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon and Chronicles of Nick.
Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel, her Dark-Hunter novels are a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins. and the Chronicles of Nick manga are published by Yen Press. And keep your eyes pealed, her books are soon to be hitting both the big and little screens by the same group who specializes in turning beloved literary series into major movie franchises.