Born Of Fury
St. Martin’s, Jul 1 2014, $25.99
The war between the League and the Sentella Empire forces nonaligned groups to ally with one of the sides or face worse impact as neutrality means annihilation. League Commander Zemin shows a tape of a prison rescue to top assassin Sumi Antaxas; and insists that one of the perpetrators is Dancer Hauk though the evidence is unclear. Zemin orders Sumi to find or create proof that Hauk is a traitor or her daughter Kalea, held hostage by him, will suffer the consequences.
Over the rage of his widow sister-in-law who loathes him for the death of her husband, Hauk takes his nephew Darice on his Endurance test; also with them in the remote area for the same reason is his friend’s daughter Thia. When Sumi and Hauk meet, she is shocked by his caring nature towards the two young charges he mentors; as she expected a violent barbarian. As admiration intensifies, Sumi feels torn between the two people she loves as one will be hurt by her choice and she assumes other hit contracts have been issued.
The latest League thriller (see Born Of Ice, Born Of Fire and Born Of Night) is an exciting entry that focuses on the anchoring impact of family (many of whom make unneeded but fascinating appearances) on two emotionally hurting souls. Readers will quickly accept Sumi as Hauk’s equal while each struggles, perhaps more so mentally than physically (even with injuries), with threats to loved ones. Fans will appreciate Sherrilyn Kenyon’s terrific tale.