Born of Silence (The League: Nemesis Rising Series #5)

Born of Silence (The League: Nemesis Rising Series #5)

by Sherrilyn Kenyon
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Born of Silence (The League: Nemesis Rising Series #5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

In a universe where corruption and deception rule all aspects of life, sparks of rebellion threaten to ignite . . .


As the Resistance leader, Zarya Starska's only goal is to topple the government that destroyed her entire family and left her penniless. Her biggest asset is a mysterious man known only as Kere.

But Kere has a dark secret. Born into a world that is as privileged as it is corrupt, his real name is Darling Cruel-and he is heir to the government Zarya wants to overthrow. No one has ever seen the real man behind the legend. No one except Zarya. But when she allows a weapon he designed to be used against his beloved sister, all bets are off.

Betrayed by the Resistance, Darling's goal is not only to reign, but to kill every Resistance member he can find. Zarya must stop Darling's reign of terror, but can she reach past his insanity to restore the hero who once fought by her side?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446573306
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Series: League: Nemesis Rising Series , #5
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 119,345
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

In just two years, Sherrilyn Kenyon has claimed the #1 spot on national bestseller lists fourteen times. This extraordinary bestselling author continues to soar to the top of every genre she writes, including manga and graphic novels. With more than twenty-five million copies of her books in print in over thirty countries, her series include: The League, Dark-Hunter Lords of Avalon, and Chronicles of Nick. Since 2004, she has placed over fifty novels on the New York Times bestseller list and her manga is an international bestseller. Proclaimed the preeminent voice in paranormal fiction by critics, Kenyon continues to blaze new trails that blur traditional genre lines.

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Born of Silence 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
I was excited to get this book. I thought, "Finally! Darling's story." Little did I know that Darling's story was going to be one of the absolute toughest books I've ever read. Sherrilyn Kenyon has a gift in writing characters and storylines that absolutely rip you to shreds before you see the light at the end of the tunnel and know there's a happily ever after. With Darling's story, it's about a man who is forced to live a lie to help protect a family he feels doesn't care one iota about him. A man who finds the one person who makes him feel like he's the man he's supposed to be only to have that person devastate him in the worst way possible. Finally, a man who must learn that what you see at face value isn't what the people who matter most use to judge you. Darling had a very hard, very cruel life. Forced to grow up when he father was assassinated by his uncle, Darling did what he had to in order to protect his mother, brothers and sister. They all, in their own way, resented Darling for what he did or the lies he was forced to live, but only because of their impact on them...not necessarily what it meant Darling gave up for them. Luckily for Darling, the one thing he was ever grateful to his uncle for was hiring Nykarian Quikades to protect him. The moment Nykarian discovered what was happening behind closed doors to Darling, he brought him under his wing and he joined the Sentella as a founding member. Under the identity of Kere, he became an outlaw and protector of those like his alter ego. It was while fighting the good fight with the Resistence battling his uncle's rule that Darling met the woman that would bring him the greatest pleasure and the ultimate pain of betrayal, Zarya - leader of the Resistance. He loved her and wanted to marry her, but he hoped the truth about his identity (something he hoped to reveal to her after his attempt to win his freedom from his uncle) wouldn't cause her to leave him. I didn't think Zarya would ever be redeemed, in my eyes, after what happened to Darling. As Darling fought for his life and then begged for his death, it was Zarya laughter on the other side of a door that was his ultimate undoing. It was Zarya lack of follow up on what her people were doing with their prisoner, that caused the biggest issue for me. If maybe she had bothered to ask what they were doing she may have found the person she spent five months trying to locate and negated all the truly horrible, horrible, horrible (I can't say it enough...horrible) things that Darling had to endure. While Zarya doesn't deserve all of the blame in what happened, she does hold a lion share of it just because she never stopped to ask what was happening. That said, Zarya was the one that was able to bring Darling back from the brink. And when I say brink, I mean holding onto the edge by the nail of his pinky finger brink. Darling was a man who seemed broken beyond repair. It took the love, compassion and undeniable regret of the woman he loved with all his being to bring him back. Darling also had a very unique relationship with his best friend, Maris. Forced to live the lie of being gay, it was Maris who helped Darling pull off the charade. Maris was the only person who knew Darling Cruel for his true self and would go to any lengths to ensure Darling was happy. While Darling loved Maris as a brother-in-arms, Maris was in love with Darling. Darling knew of Maris' feelings, but never exploited them. He was the one person he trusted and would protect. So it wasn't a surprise to find that while Darling skirted on the edges of sanity, it was Maris who could still connect with Darling and Maris who knew that it would be Zarya to save him. I loved Maris for knowing exactly what to do to save that man that he loved, even if what would save Darling wasn't him. It was a truly selfless act. This was, by no means, an easy book to read. The storyline had dealt with prejudices and abuse that would have pushed a less stronger person over the edge well before it did Darling. The prejudices by the people that Darling has sworn to protect are probably the worst. Not only do the subjects of his governorship resent him and believe the lies spread about him, so do his family. The name calling and disregard for privacy are very, very hard to take at times. The abuse Darling suffered was just as gut wrenching. It truly demonstrated the strength of Darling's character that he was able to survive and become the born leader he was at the end. An absolutely fabulous read. It won't be easy to get through, but the journey Sherrilyn Kenyon takes us on it well worth it. As with all the other Sentella members, Darling has to scrap bottom before he can get his happily ever after. His bottom was truly horrible, but in the end, it made his happily ever after well worth it.
Pika_ More than 1 year ago
I give very few books five stars, I save it for my absolute favorites and this is one of them. I've enjoyed all the othe League books (far better than the Dark Hunter ones in my opinion) but this one is my absolute favorite. Darling is so not perfect that he's perfect! I want one of my own!!!!!!! I just wanted to wrap him up and take care of him. And through everything he's so brave and strong that I want him to wrap me up and take care of me. I was up past midnight and only got 4 hours of sleep before work reading and rereading this book. This is a book that I'm not loaning out to friends; my copy is not leaving my sight! Friends will have to either purchase their own copy or wait until I'm able to purchase one for them. Fantastic!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay I love Sherrilyn Kenyon and have read her books for years. Unfortunately this is the same plot as the last five of her books that I have read. Emotionally compromised bad boy meets heroine who saves him. Same old same old.....and seriously, maybe it's time to lay off the teenage male on male rapes. This is really getting old.
vickytren More than 1 year ago
A very talented author. I enjoyed the story. loved the characters and the ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost took a pass on this book because of some of the reviews. That would have been a big mistake. I loved the story. Yes it has some dark and painfull moments but I think it added to the story. This story was great and the author handled Darling's changed character very well. Can't wait for her next League release.
LLC-NP More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the League Series, as well as her entire Dark Hunter/Dream Hunter series, and The Chronicles of Nick. This story could a have been comfortably told in half the pages. I actually skipped ahead here and there, which I've never done before. The main character's history of abuse and torture was over the top; Not make-you-feel-horrible over the top, but omg-enough-already over the top. Then the emotional roller coaster was repetitive and somewhat ridiculous. I usually enjoy her books and Pre-ordered this, but I was very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definately some dark material in this book but, what a great ending.
tallgurl More than 1 year ago
The overall story is good. The only drawback is that Kenyon seems to be trying to make Darling comprable to Ash and it is not working out so well. It is too over the top, every bad thing that could ever happen to someone happens to Darling, to the point that it becomes unbilievable. Other than that, its a nice story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book, next to Acheron, Darling is my favorite of Kenyon's characters.
hermina13 More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because many people recommended the author. I enjoyed the beginning but the story just got stuck and repetitive. It just goes on and on about how Darling has suffered. He is constantly getting hurt and suffering while everyone one else goes through repeated revelations to his suffering. I couldn't do it, it was too much. The characters where all tortured souls with no other dimensions. The story could of lost a hundred or more pages and it wouldn't matter to the plot. In short I felt this story was repetitive, drawn out with a big dose of immature angst. I am disappointed. Why do grown people read this crap? I couldn't get more angst if I had read a teenage girl's diary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read Ms Kenyons' books for years & have always enjoyed her work! This "league series" I started a couple weeks ago & found I needed to nuy the series. I have always enjoyed a book that had more of a plot of boy chases girl, girl plys hard to get, then boy gets girl. Ms Kenyon puts suspence & twists into her plots that I have really enjoyed. If you want a good paranormal romance to read then deffinately read this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
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This is not awesome book
evaVA13721222_0727 More than 1 year ago
Loved it and Iloved all her books!
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NeatoNetto More than 1 year ago
I know I sound like I'm just repeating myself but I don't know what else to say but another Great Success for Kenyon!!!!!
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Kenyon really needs to stop with her male leads getting raped all the time . I reall loved her her books, but the last few of them i have read have all been the same shes just going way to far with the rapes and torture. Kenyons books are getting to the point where i dont want to read them anymore. She used to be my favorite authour
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This author can do better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great stories