Vengeance Born (Light Blade Series #1)

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Overview

There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not pure bred is virtually powerless. Until an unlikely champion is born...

Annika, half-blood daughter of the Na'Reish King, longs for more than her tormented life among her father's people. Conceived in hatred and bred as a tool of retribution, she's gifted with a special talent that can heal as well as destroy...

With the Na'Reish vastly...

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Overview

There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not pure bred is virtually powerless. Until an unlikely champion is born...

Annika, half-blood daughter of the Na'Reish King, longs for more than her tormented life among her father's people. Conceived in hatred and bred as a tool of retribution, she's gifted with a special talent that can heal as well as destroy...

With the Na'Reish vastly outnumbering them, Kalan, a Light Blade warrior, knows the future of humankind depends on him alone. Incursions into human territory and raids for blood-slaves by the Na'Reish Horde have increased. As Chosen-leader, he faces the task of stopping the demons-and convincing the Council of aging Light Blade warriors that change is necessary for survival.

When Annika learns Kalan is a prisoner in her father's dungeon, her dream of escape seems within reach. She agrees to free him in exchange for his protection once they reach human territory. Now, marked for death for helping him, Annika must learn to trust Kalan as they face not only the perilous journey to the border but enemies within the Council-and discover a shocking truth that could throw the human race into civil war...

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Editorial Reviews

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In Griffin’s well-drawn fantasy world, humans are oppressed and enslaved by the demonic Na’Reish. Annika is a Na’Chi, the result of cross-breeding between the races. She possesses powerful healing powers and her father, Na’Rei Savyr, is leader of the Na’Reish, but she’s nonetheless reviled, considered an abomination. When she rescues Kalan Tyn, leader of the human’s Blade Council, and asks his assistance in freeing the Na’Chi from the Na’Reish, the wheels of romance are deftly set in motion. A complex plot involving the Na’Chi freedom struggles keeps the taut and intricate narrative moving as Annika and Kalan slowly develop their emotional connection. Readers will look forward to future installments in a potentially long-running series. Agent: Elaine Spencer, the Knight Agency. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594462125
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Series: Light Blade Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Kylie Griffin is a writer and primary school teacher. She lives in a small rural village in outback New South Wales, Australia, and is involved in a number of volunteer emergency organizations, helping during fires, storms, search and rescue efforts, and road accidents. Visit her website at www.kyliegriffin.com

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    I was immediately drawn to this book because of the absolutely

    I was immediately drawn to this book because of the absolutely gorgeous cover art *takes a moment to admire*
    As I have stated in the past, I am a total cover whore and will buy books based on the covers alone! Shallow perhaps but I am who I am!

    However, after following the authors blog and getting caught up in all the snippets and insights into this story, I was gagging to get my hands on it.

    Once it finally arrived I went into book hibernation and didn't come out again until I was finished.

    Vengeance Born did not disappoint.
    Vengeance Born was everything I was expecting and more.
    Vengeance Born is a keeper!

    Vengeance Born is a fantasy romance wrapped in mystery, intrigue, conflict between races, and mystical powers.
    Oh and hot, sexy (and naked) Kalan. Annika is pretty awesome too (hello the cover) but I'm concentrating on my Kalan crush!

    The creative world building and attention to detail that has been put into this story is extensive and made it a pleasure to read.

    The writing is smooth, the relationships between characters is real and unforced and well worth the 5 hour non stop read.

    Not only will Vengeance Born be sitting on my keeper shelf but author Kylie Griffin will be added to my list of favourites along side the likes of Nalini Singh and Jeaniene Frost.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

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    A Unique Blend of Paranormal Romance & Pure Fantasy

    Annika is Na'Chi, a half-demon/half-human, and the daughter of the king of the demon world. She has been horribly abused and raised to believe that she is worthless. When Kalen, a Light Blade warrior, is captured and injured by her father's warriors she sees her only opportunity to escape. So, after healing Kalen, she offers to free him in exchange for his promise to lead her to the human world.

    Most of the book takes place during their journey to the human world and it is here that Annika and Kalen learn to trust one another and begin to fall in love. I clicked with Annika immediately. Her plight touched my heart and I wanted desperately for her to escape her father and make it to the human world AND for Kalen to fall deeply in love with her. I loved Kalen instantly as well. He is my favorite type of hero: strong, noble, kind, funny. And their relationship developed slowly enough for me to enjoy the transition from tentative trust to love.

    If I had a complaint at all, it would be regarding the point of view transition. The story is told from three different perspectives: Annika, Kalen, and another Na'Chi named Varian. Varian's narrative was usually condensed into his own chapter or section but the POV changes between Annika and Kalen would take place mid-scene. It was a little hard to get used to at first, but once I realized the pattern it was easier to follow along. This is of course just my personal preference.

    Other than that, I really liked Vengeance Born. Kylie Griffin has created compelling characters and put them in a world that is protected by ultra-powerful Light Blade warriors and is on the brink of war with blood-sucking demons. It's a truly unique blend of paranormal romance and pure fantasy with enough elements of each to delight fans of either genre. I'm definitely hooked and can't wait for the next installment, Alliance Forged, which is due out in July.

    Recommended to fans of fantasy and paranormal romance.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Highly Recommended!!

    Love this book-- which is why I bought it! I am always a very picky buyer, and this book was definitely one of the ones I bought. The purity of the characters is amazing- I wish I could just jump into their world and meet them! I recommend this book to anyone who likes a little science fiction with some good old romance thrown in. Its not a very suspenseful book, as it is very clear about where it is going. But the characters are just such good ppl!! Can't wait to read the next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Fun read

    Light fun read. I enjoyed it, kept me entertained for a couple of hours.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

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    "Vengeance Born" is an excellent fantasy romance. The

    "Vengeance Born" is an excellent fantasy romance. The plot is well-paced, the world well-built, and the characters sympathetic. Annika and Kalan are fully developed, and their romance actually makes sense; even better, Griffin gives them time to fall in love, rather than rushing them into a relationship. The existence of plenty secondary characters -- such as Kalan's sister Kymora -- promise future volumes. Additionally, "Vengeance Born" is unusual it that it has a fully realized thealogy. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a good fantasy romance, or a Goddess-oriented fantasy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Extremely Emotional

    This book was awesome. I have read many paranormal text and this blew my mind. The story line was incredible and the emotional highs and lows of the protagonist had me laughing and then crying. I truly enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Amazing!!!!

    This is one of the best series I have read in a LONG time!!!! Cannot wait to see what else Ms. Griffin writes next :)

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Great new fantasy paranormal romance series. The author had her

    Great new fantasy paranormal romance series. The author had her work cut out for her to make these two love each other. No insta-love in this series.
    So much more than a love story though. This is the start of an epic saga.
    Off to book 2!

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    Good story, with enough of a difference from other books in this

    Good story, with enough of a difference from other books in this genre to set it apart. Enjoyed enough to read the following books in the series. I would recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Great read! Would recommend for anyone that like fantasy/paranor

    Great read! Would recommend for anyone that like fantasy/paranormal romance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Excellent!

    I'm so glad i gave this author a chance on Nalini Singh's recommendation. Such a great story that keeps you reading until the wee hours. Excellent story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    GREAT READ!

    I loved the story. The author did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. Look forward to reading the next book in the series. Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Nice surprise

    I really enjoyed the book. I am already looking forward to the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    great book

    This was a very good book I have already put the second book on my wish list

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    great book

    I am glad I found this author, her book was very enjoyable and the good start to a new series I have put the second one on wishlist.

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    Posted October 21, 2013

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