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Alliance Forged

(The Light Blade #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  540 ratings  ·  62 reviews
There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until a blind priestess lays claim to a half-breed warrior, body and soul… 
Hunted and marked for death by Na’Reish demons for their half-blood heritage, the Na’Chi are searching for a new home—something an alliance offered by the hu
Paperback, 356 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Berkley
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Bec McMaster
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
One word: Varian.

Okay, maybe a few more words than that. This book is awesome. It's fantasy-romance with fascinating world building and a great pair of leads that have real chemistry with each other as well as a hefty dose of respect. Don't expect any alpha bullshit from the hero, he's tormented, but he honestly respects Kymora and I loved that so much. As for Kymora, she may be blind, but she's not going to let that stop her from doing anything. I loved her attitude and the fact that when Vari
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This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

I enjoyed this book as much as the first one, if not more. I love a tortured hero. I just can't resist them. And Varian is so tortured! :( Poor guy.

It really pisses me off how the Na'Chi are obsessed with physical perfection and socially shun Varian because of his scar, even though he is their leader. Its so not fair. But thank goodness for Kymora! And not just because she is blind. She wouldn't have cared about his scar even if she
I enjoyed this book even more than the first in the series and I have to say I really liked what the author did with this book. The book continues with the same world and events continue to unfold from book 1 but this time the focus is on Varian and Kymora as a couple. I've read plenty of PNR books where different books in the series focus on different couples while being set in the same world. But this is the first time I'm reading it in high fantasy.

It was really enjoyable reading about Varian
Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
Kristen Kooistra
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Confession time, I don't like the paranormal genre, or the romance genre, so you can imagine how I feel about paranormal romance. I picked up the first book in this series thinking it was fantasy. At that point I had the book, so I might as well give it a go. I did, and enjoyed the storyline and the characters.

Take out the romance and paranormal aspects and this would be an A+ all the way!

I decided to go for book 2 here and my husband laughed when he saw the cover. I stuck a paper wrap on the f
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as I enjoyed Vengeance Born, I found I couldn't put this one down either. Kylie, I love how you can get your readers to identify, empathise and sympathise with your characters. You even brought me to tears at one point - the mark of a good writer!

I love how the relationship between Kymora and Varian develops before finally blossoming into something special. The action sequences make the reader want to sit on the edge of their seat, eyes scanning the pages madly to see what will happen next
Why did I read this book?
I'm participating in fun game for Bookworms hosted by SOS group. The game si called 'Fantasyland' and I'm part of team #2 called: 2 Read or Not 2 Read. Task for this week was to read a book with green cover.
I picked Alliance Forged since I was in a mood for light fantasy with a dash of romance (also the cover is green lol).

My thoughts:
I read first book in 'The Light Blades' series last year and the best thing about Vengeance Born was beautiful cover. Before abandoning 'T
Book Chatter-Cath
Let me start by saying the wait for this book has been torturous!
Ever since I read the first installment of The Light Blade series - Vengeance Born back in February, I have had Alliance Forged on my need-to-get list and not just because the cover is HOT!

Kylie Griffin has a talent for sucking the reader in.
By page 3, I was engrossed, and by page 13, I had informed my family that I was out of bounds for the rest of the night!
I was immediately pulled back into this unique and gripping world of hum
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The challenge and fortitude for the alliance between human and Na'Chi continued as struggles from all directions bombarded. Tested at every facet, from who to trust, who to fight and who to love...and was one worthy of such devotion.

The aching truth of prejudice embedded and shunned throughout Varian's life. Leader he was but loved and self-worth were unfathomable. And so life was cold, schematic and uninspired...until Kymora forced her way into his life and she didn't take no for an a
The Window Seat
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah... back to the Light Blade world... What a pleasure. In this latest installment of Kylie Griffin's Light Blade series, we get the story that was greatly hinted at in the first book, Vengeance Born. This is the story of the Na'Chi warrior Varian and the human priestess Kymora. This is one of the more unique stories I've read in a while. Throughout the book, typical romance story troupes are avoided left and right. For that, it gets a big plus!

Kymora is the blind head priestess of the human rel
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was eager and excited to read this 2nd installment of the Light Blades and their new allies the Na'Chi... I knew this time I would be reading about Kymora and Varian and I hoped that I'd be as captivated as I was with Vengeance.

I adore Kymora and Varian is just something else and although the story of the two was exciting and sometimes a little breath-taking, I did find that I was hoping it would hurry along. I became a little frustrated at times and it took me quite a while to read this book
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
The biggest issue I had with this book was the pacing. The first half is slow and it was way too easy to get distracted and put it down. The last half was much better.
I was very frustrated with Varian and how long it took him to fully trust and accept Kymora. I do like the underlying story and will see where this goes in book 3, Allegiance Sworn.
Rebel Light Blades (gifted humans) attack the fledgling settlement the Na'Chi (human/demon hybrid) and humans are building at the behest of a disgraced council leader Davyn who is still grieving over his daughter.
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Midalah Ballinger
I haven't gotten so pulled into a series since I picked up my first Black Jewels book by Anne Bishop. Having to wait until 2013 for book three is going to be torment. I can't wait to read Arek's story.
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A very enjoyable fantasy romance. This will be one series I will continue to follow. Griffin has constructed an intriguing world, and populated it with some great characters. I look forward to reading more in this series.
Barb Lie
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alliance Forged by Kylie Griffin is the second book of her Light Blade series, and if you remember from my review of Vengeance Born, this is romance urban fantasy. Griffin does a masterful job of creating this worldbuilding, of Humans (Light Blade), Na’Reish (demons), and Na’Chi (half human/demons). The story picks up shortly after Vengeance Born left off, when Kalan, the Chosen of the Light Blade, forces his command of the Council and Soldiers, by allowing Na’Chi to be part of their alliance, a ...more
For the Na’Chi-half human/half demon, living among the humans now has caused tension and dissension. For Varian, leader of the Na’Chi, life isn’t as smooth as he anticipated when they sought sanctuary with the humans. For prejudice continues and rebellion brews, Varian finds that to survive the coming days as well as have the peace he always thought would elude him, he must do the impossible: embrace the dark heritage of his demon side in order to keep the fragile alliance between Na’Chi and hum ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
I will start with the things I enjoyed. I loved the cover. He’s hot and badass looking.Absolutely love the spots. I love the names – Kymora, Rystin, Rissa.

Now onto what I didn’t enjoy. Okay, so Kymora is blind. It’s an important thing to note. Twenty two times in a novel is a little much. Especially because she’s get repetitive about at random. On one page near the beginning, ‘blind’ ‘disability’ etc was mentioned six times. SIX. On ONE page. That’s ridiculous. Yet in the last 200 pages, not a w
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I was a little disappointed by this book; I'm not going to beat around the bush. Vengeance Born was such a strong start to The Light Blade series that my expectations for book 2 were perhaps a tad high. The first novel has an even split between action and romance while as this second installment is heavy on the latter with next to no action. Maybe it's my own fault; this series is shelved as Fantasy / Paranormal Romance after all. Perhaps I was just spoiled when it came t
Eleni Konstantine

Totally enjoyed this fantasy tale of two races trying to live in harmony together. There are prejudices that threaten to fracture the unsteady alliance between the humans and the Na'Chi (half human, half demons). High Priestess, Kymora works tirelessly with the leader of the Na'Chi, Varian to try and prevent this from happening. Their attraction to each other and their growing relationship both helps and hinders this.

A complex story full of emotion, including fear, love, trust and betr
Lourdes Bejarano
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good book. A good sequel, nicely paced and intriguing plot. The reason. I gave it four stars instead of five is that I've decided to be a little tougher on my rating and while I really liked the book, I didn't loved it as much I did the first one. One of the things I loved best about the first one was the willingness of the main couple to be together. But Varian fought through most of the book against his feelings for Kymora. I understand why, his past shaped him and trusting anyone can lik ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A fantasy romance about faith, trust, being honest with your emotions, and risking everything to follow your heart. The plot is a little slow-paced, and most of the relationship is Kymora reaching out (she is blind, which is unusual) and Varian pushing her away.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it


OUR HERO is a proud and scarred Na'Chi, so naturally I would assume he would have a hard time accepting softer emotions like falling in love with a human. He's fiercely protective of his kind, and those he care about will never want for nothing. Yet, while he appreciate Kymora's friendship, he doesn't want or need her love bu
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't understand how this book averaged 3.89 but people, you need to give this series a go!!

This is the second book from The Light Blade series. I feel that if I don't write something about this book I am not giving Kylie Griffin the due praise she deserves for this well-written work. This is deserving of five stars, considering how well the author wrote this technically, creating a romance and plot that is original, compelling, well-balanced and explored.

While it is normal to have a "save-th
Edan Marie Esquibel
Jul 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Alliance Forged is the second book of the Light Blade Series.

This time, Varian is on the lime light, along with Kymora. Okay, so why 3 stars? (Actually, I feel giving it a 3.5 stars) (Goodreads should have .5s here)

1. I liked this book but I can't help but feel there's something lacking.

2. Not to compare and be judgmental, but my expectation were high after reading Vengeance Born. maybe I expected too much? Not that the book is not great, but the events concerning the demons, humans and Na'Chi
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Light Blade #2
Rating: 4 stars - it was enjoyable

I love the world that Kylie Griffin has created and I was happy to return to it with this book. The first book ended with the alliance being formed and a lot of people supporting Kalan and Annika but this book brings in those who aren’t content and do not trust the Na’Chi. A lifetime of distrust and fear can’t be swept under the rug and I appreciate that Griffin is aware of that. I’m actually really happy that there’s unrest over the human/
◊♦ Naomi
This book was even better than the first one. Thank god Kylie for Varian. This was the story of Varian and Kymora. Varian is the leader of the Na’Chi (half-human/half-demon), we see a bit of him in Vengeance Born and I was really excited to read his story. He’s the kind of hero that I absolutely love. Varian was a strong warrior, loyal to the bone. He was not afraid to fight and to stand for his people. But he was also so very insecure and afraid of his demon half. He thought that he was not wor ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 solid stars!!

Meet my Varian:
Meet my Kymora:

I really enjoyed this one. I loved Kymora since the first one and I was intrigued by Varian as well. Once I read their scenes in the first one I knew I had to read this one! They were REALLY cute but I kind of didn't like the constant push and pull going on with Varian. Even though I do get why he was pushing her away I felt like she took too much from him. I really liked Kymora's inner strength as well as her outer strength! She was a great woman.

Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kymora Tayn lived with half human-half demon hybrids. She could smell the full demons coming to her village. Kymora is blind. It frustrates her more than anything. When the demons come and attack her village, she wonders why they would attack the humans and half demons. They have not done so before. But the demons now want blood slaves and to annihilate the half breeds. Kymora thinks mistakenly that the Blade council has sent them to make sure her people were dead so they would not harm anyone. ...more
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, pnr
I totally love this book.

I already told you I'm falling more and more in love with this world with each new book I read in this series and that again was true when reading Alliance Forged. I can only hope Griffin will write more books in this series, because I'm slightly addicted to this fantasy world full of demons and half demons.

And the romance!
Varian and Kymora are my favorite couple so far. Varian is such a delicious, tortured hero, and the blind Kymora is a really great heroine as well
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Kylie Griffin’s addiction to all things paranormal started at an early age when she imagined the jacaranda tree in her front yard was a spaceship or castle tower used to defend the world from hordes of invading enemies. Writing stories seemed like a natural extension.

By day she’s a primary school teacher but at night she writes paranormal romances for the Berkley Sensation line. She credits two wo

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The Light Blade (3 books)
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“He'd found a new home, at last.
And love... Her name was Kymora.”
“Beneath this warm flesh beats the heart of a compassionate man, one who's fought his whole life to fulfill his people's dream. Just because you feel the need to lean on someone, to accept someone else's strength for a little while doesn't make you weak.” 2 likes
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