Vengeance Born

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Vengeance Born

A Novel of the Light Blade, #1

A journey awaits them unlike any other, but only if they choose to accept it and learn to trust one another.

Leading a life as a Na’Chi is impossibly frustrating and extremely dangerous. Even worse is being the half-blood daughter of the Na’Reish demon king. In a race where blood purity means everything, your lineage defines you and could mean death. Annika straddles the enemy lines of the demon and human worlds. Her lineage offers nothing but punishment for not being of pure demon blood as well as fear and rejection from humans for being the offspring of their mortal enemy. Deemed too human to be respected by the demons and too demon to be accepted by the humans, Annika is faced with a life of torturous imprisonment under her father's rule. Her Gift is both a blessing and a curse, which must be kept secret or risk it being used for nefarious purposes. Annika's only ally and friend is but an old healer woman who's unending kindness and faith has given Annika the strength to do the unthinkable and strike a deal with the enemy. To end this existence she must be brave enough to risk it all and travel to a new one. Only she must not fail for unbeknownst to her others depend on her success as well.

Century’s old hatred and war between the races has left nothing but bitterness, unrest, and death for humankind. As Lady's Chosen and Light Blade warrior, Kalan has been on the front lines of both the battle on the field and at home as he fights for the survival of his people. When Kalan finds himself a prisoner-of-war, his only light out of the darkness comes with strings attached and from a hybrid thought not to exist. Her motives unknown, her claims make him wary at best, and his confusion grows over his attraction for a woman with the strength of a warrior and the innocence of a handmaiden. Simple kindnesses are foreign to her, but her survival instincts leave little doubt that the best way to proceed until he has answers is with caution. At all costs, he must protect the people he is responsible for, but Kalan cannot deny his instinct to protect Annika even while she challenges his beliefs at every turn. It's only a matter of time until the truth is revealed and the Lady's will becomes clear that change must be embraced. Only not everyone believes that a Na'Chi can be trusted and drastic measures are taken to ensure that the monster is exposed.

I am completely captivated by this fantastical world Kylie Griffin has created. It is a mystical adventure with demons, Vorcs, and prejudiced humans to contend with. The journey is unpredictable, intense, and suspense filled with each scene easily realized. Add to that the strength, compassion, and underlying vulnerability and innocence of Griffin’s two leading characters and this story is an unstoppable read. Annika and Kalan's stories are revealed in parts throughout, so connections can be made with each of them although I'll warn that Annika's story is particularly grabbing. The pacing is perfectly set to deliver maximum impact on both character development and world-building. In short, I believe in the characters and I believe in their story.

I am so impressed by Kylie Griffin’s imagination and writing talents and I can’t wait to dive into the next Light Blade journey! There are plenty of plot twists and characters with stories yet to be told, so it seems that the ending of this story is actually just the beginning. Fantasy and romance fans will be pleased with this new series!

Book Blurb for Vengeance Born

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...

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2012 5.00