"A Hauk is not a politician. There is no room in our hearts to sit in peace with those who would do any Andarion harm. We are, and will forever be, p
"A Hauk is not a politician. There is no room in our hearts to sit in peace with those who would do any Andarion harm. We are, and will forever be, protectors of our brethren, family, and home world. So long as a single War Hauk lives, no nation will defeat us. No race will dare to invade our air, lands, or sea. We will stand and we will defend.
For we are not breed of mercy and we are not breed for peace.
We are born of fury." — In honor of the Andarion heritage
I absolutely loved all the Andarion history, laws, and rituals in this book. It was fascinating, the intricacy a little mind-boggling—and all sorts of messed-up. I have to give kudos to Kenyon for the creativity that went behind the race.
But goodness, I was expecting more FURY.
Born of Fury was near the top of my 2014 most-anticipated reads because Dancer Hauk intrigued me from the very beginning of the series. Previously, the fanged, irritable hunk with red and white eyes made unease and wicked delight race down my spine with his every appearance. It's just bad to be turned on by a being so obviously not human—and who really didn't seem to trust or even like women.
Turns out, women don't like him because he's Andarion, and Andarion females don't like him either. Theirs is a proud, vain race, and Dancer's scars smack of disgrace and weakness. On top of that, he's been pledged for at least a dozen years to his late brother's widow, who blames him for her husband's death. Forget that Dancer's own mother and betrothed gave him those scars. According to Andarion culture, it's their right; they were displeased.
So this isn't about a furious warrior who hates women and gets his ass handed to him by a woman like I expected. No. Dancer avoids women. They only cause him pain and it's Andarion law that he can't touch another female while pledged. And that means he's a VIRGIN. While that made me giddy because I'm tired of man-whore MCs, I was stunned by his insecurities. They're understandable, given his history. I still adore him because he's more of a giant teddy bear than a grizzly.
But he was a little too soft for my liking and expectations. I didn't feel or see his ruthlessness to balance his tender side. He is a formidable badass on his own, but when it comes to that protector instinct, the kind that makes you shake in your boots with his accompanying powerful, enraged roar as he fights for others ... well, both the feeling and the roar were strangely absent.
Maybe it's because Sumi is an assassin and can fight with the best of them. She doesn't need rescuing. She's actually saving him and even combats for her right to have him. Dancer can't show his fury at all on her behalf (let alone his own). It's a no-win situation for expectations made from the book title. And while I'm so glad we have a strong female MC, sometimes I wasn't convinced in her ability. She's too sweet. It threw me off. I didn't feel the killing edge expected of a top-dog League assassin.
Likewise, I wasn't feeling the romance. It was ... sweet, but nothing extraordinary or different.
The other relationships were great, most of the time. The entire Sentella family is involved, bonds grow deeper among the young and old generations, and new ones are made. But, yikes, much of the banter was cheesy and the conversations overdone. We understand how close these men and women are. No need to hit it us with the slapstick.
Also, there weren't the explosive battles I was itching for. But the war between the League and the Sentella forges on. More worlds and races are banding together.
I didn't like this installment as much as I'd hoped. My expectations might have been too high. I'm still looking forward to more on the inter galaxy war, though—and Fain Hauk's book, which the female MC isn't mentioned in the summary yet, but I'm hoping his match is Galene Batur, the current commander of the Andarion armada. Let's cross our blades and hope she's as badass as her rank demands. ...more