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Born of Night

(The League: Nemesis Rising #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  24,304 ratings  ·  1,565 reviews
In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . . .

Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League—and has been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can k
Mass Market Paperback, 539 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published December 1st 1995)
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Asteropê It's set in a futuristic universe. There's non-Earth humanoids (aliens), space travel, space ships, other planets, etc.
Jessica I also recommend reading them in order. Born of Night, Fire and Defiance all happen around the same time just staggered.

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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Stars

What up, what up, what up my friends.

How was everyone's holiday?

Mine was swell. I spent Christmas Eve spreading holiday cheer...

AKA champagne...

But what can I say.


And Christmas Eve hung the fuck over from all the champagne.



Let's just say I never realized how loud the ripping of wrapping paper sounded.

But I digress.

This book.

I deliberated over my rating on this for a bit.

I was really enjoying everything and then there were a few too many "convenient" twists toward the end for my liking.

But after further deliberation, I came to the conclusion...

Who the
Nathaniel Hardman
Mar 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here are some taglines that would be really great to put on the back cover of this book:

"Troubled ex-assassin Nykyrian takes on his most difficult assignment ever - to protect the Princess Kiara from the universe's most deadly killers. But when things turn personal, Nykyrian finds that saving Kiara may mean facing the one enemy he fears most of all - love."

Or: "Like Twilight, but dumber and dirtier!"

Maybe I should say first that this was a new genre for me. On
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5 stars – Paranormal/Sci-Fi Romance

I’ve had Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series on my TBR list for quite some time now, but I’m a little bit intimated by the number of books there are to get caught up on. The premise of The League series sounded interesting, the characters seemed intriguing, and with only three books produced so far, it felt a little less daunting of an undertaking. The main word that comes to mind to describe how I felt about this book is...WOW! And if it’s indicative of her other works, th
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

I’ve been a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s writing ever since I first discovered the Dark-Hunter series and that amazing hero, Acheron. When I heard about the re-release of The League series, I was thrilled until I learned it was Sci-Fi because I’m really not a big fan of the genre. Truthfully, the only other Sci-Fi book I have ever read and really liked, loved in fact, was The Host by Stephenie Meyer. The Host, like Born of Night was pretty light on the techie stuff which is why it worked for me. The time p
Blacky *Romance Addict*

First half was GREAT! Loved the world building and action :)

Second half was horrible! The MCs acted like absolute morons and the whole second half was pretty much a pity party for the main guy to make us feel sorry for him. I felt sorry for him even in the first half, I really didn't need to have it shoved down my throat like that. You know like, too much sweets makes you sick, for me, too much forcing me to feel sorry for the dude made me irritated. Oh well.

Final rating: 5/5 stars

“If I have to die, I’d rather die knowing someone cared about me, just once. Is that really too much to ask?"
"For us? Yes. It is. We are the gutter and the gutter is all we’ll ever be. Don’t reach out for the stars. They’ll burn you until there’s nothing left. "
"Then let me burn.”

Reread this because i needed to remind myself how much i love this series (i actually read all of the books and i am quite up to date with them, but i need to love them again). Not to mention how much i love allstars
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 Stars

Nykyrian Quikiades is the man behind the Nemesis mask, a name that strikes fear to the hearts of the most hardened criminals. A fugitive from the League, with contracts for his assassination from several planets goverments, Nykyrian is a man fighting a war against an organisation that has grown too corrupt to dispense the justice and protection it was founded for. His latest responsibility is protecting Princess Kiara Zamir, a woman caught in the middle of her father's political differences w
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Okay, I think I am an official futuristic/space romance convert now. I loved what Ms. Kenyon did with this concept. I thought she did a very good job with the world-building, but I caught a couple of 'slips' where she would describe things that I really had trouble believing they would have in a futuristic setting on another planet. But then I have no creativity when it comes to making up technological devices and futuristic settings, so I can hardly judge her. Overall, I was happy and I didn't ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
May 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I thought I might like this one. It opened with an intro to our anti-hero as he refused to kill a child in his role as exceptionally deadly assassin. He contacts a friend who it seems might be telling the story and takes his leave so as to protect said friend. He's going to fight rather than be killed by his former superiors...the only outcome for an assassin who wants to, "retire".

Then we jump to the point of view of a scrappy young woman who's been kidnapped. She fights against her
Fani *loves angst*
This was simply amazing. I thought I would get tired by its size, but as it turned out, I wasn't bored for a single minute while reading this. Fans of tortured heroes who also happen to be mercenaries/assasins/outlaws should grab this one asap as Nykyrian is one of the best heroes in that area. Think about Zarek or Judd Laurens or Bastien.

The last 100 pages disappointed me somewhat with the way the plot twisted in so many ways, but in the end, nothing can dull the awesomeness of this book. Happ
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Fantasy-A-Thon: Read a debut fantasy or backlist title

Born of Night probably isn't a 3 Star read but 2 Stars seemed harsh.

Born of Night is book 1 in The League series. Sherrilyn Kenyon is most known for her Dark-Hunter series but in the authors note Kenyon informs us that Born of Night was actually one of the first books she ever wrote. She began writing this book all the way back in 1986 but it wasn't published until 1996. Eventually it went out of print but thanks to a deal with S
*“You have to learn to smile through your pain. Sometimes it’s all we got.”*

She belonged to the day, to warmth and sunshine.
Her world was light and wonderful, filled with love and laughter.
And he was born of night. His mother was the darkness, her cold embrace was all he had a right to crave.

I love that the story focuses more on the characters and not the sci-fi world!:) and its easy to read...

ᴥ Irena ᴥ

I wish I'd read this when it was first published (and I hadn't been paying attention to certain things). I would have liked it more than I do now.

With that out of the way, if you aren't in the mood for a sci-fi paranormal romance featuring a very tortured hero and one of the most annoying heroines ever, I suggest you skip this. Since I was, you could say I kind of liked it. The first half of the story at least.
I like this idea of the Ichidian Universe, where a small group of for
4.5 Rating.

Short review.

Excellent plot, characters, chemistry, pacing and so much more.

Loved this tortured hero and beautiful princess love story. Nykrian the hero was incredible. My heart broke for him and all he endured in his younger years, just heart heartwrenching . He was everything I look for in a hero, alpha, brave, sweet and totally in love with the heroine, just about perfect. Kiara, the heroine was beautiful, sassy and irritating for about a quarter of the boo
Nov 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Spoilers are abound in this review. Read at your own risk.

Okay, well I lied about Darling's book being my last Kenyon novel and ended up doing this one on a dare. Why? Because I am silly like that and am just a glutton for punishment, especially since I know the punishment before it is even spoken -.-

Anyway, it's basically like any other book Kenyon has ever written. The only thing that consistently changes? The character names, nothing more, nothing less. We have the sam
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
I loved this book. There are a few nitpicky things here and there that could have been improved on, but there was so many things that I loved that I can look past the bad.

This book is pretty much The Black Dagger Brotherhood in space. If you're a fan of the BDB, Zsadist in particular, then you'll probably love this as well.

Basically, the story centers around Nykyrian and Kiara, who couldn't be more different. Nykyrian is a highly skilled assassin who was tortured and abus
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of tortured heroes and action/romance
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

This book was amazing! It was the best book I have read in a long time! It was also my first Sherrilyn Kenyon book and I look forward to there being many more of them in my future.

I really enjoyed going back to my roots and reading some sci-fi, while still indulging my new obsession of romance. And it really had everything. Laser blasters, space dog fights, bars full of unidentifiable aliens. All very cool. But most of all it had roma
Nyk! He is the one that makes this book worthwhile. I enjoyed the banter between him and the other secondary characters. His personality was superb, particularly his loyalty to those he loves. His past broke my heart and had me tearing up. Needless to say that i have officially declared myself, his woman! *smirk*

I enjoyed the world the author has built for these characters and i like how we were given enough detail to embellish a bit.

Pet peeves:
While it's not the first time i w/>Pet
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this series I so wish there was a lot more of them sherrilyn kenyon has got to be one of the best modern authors around.
Jen Davis
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Futuristic sci-fi books are not necessarily my favorite genre, but this book rocked my socks off every bit as much as one of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter books. The flavor may be a little different, but the woman can write one hell of a love story in the midst of fantastic world-building.

Nykyrian is a half-breed... part human, part Andarion, rejected by both species. He is a hardened assassin, formerly a soldier of The League, who now runs a rag-tag group of warriors who police the
Lynsey A
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lynsey A by: Lesley - my twin sis
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I unashamedly love Sherrilyn Kenyon's books. Yes, even while I read them I am well aware that they are a bit stupid, a bit trite, but I still love them.

Born of Night is no different.

In fact, I think from memory that Born of Night was the first Sherrilyn Kenyon book I ever tried. I pretty much read all of her (then) available books back to back to back over a series of months and had a newfound love of all things vampire, gods and monsters.

Born of Night is the story of how a deadly assassin fa
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vaginal-sf, sci-fi
GUILTY PLEASURE HEYYYYYYY! So this book was really fun, about the biggest baddest space assassin falling for a princess/dancer. Yeah, that wasn't the best one-line summary, but I did enjoy this book. Nik was a GREAT hero character who was abused as a child and trained to be the ultimate badass assassin (who is on the run from the League, the assassin's guild, that he left for moral reasons). He ends up having to protect Kiara, a famous dancer/daughter of royalty, from assassination attempts and ...more
I was mesmerized by the Ichidian universe when I read the short story Fire and Ice in the Man of My Dreams anthology and when I realized Born of Night was about Adron’s parents I was instantly curious…And in the end disappointed.

For starters, it was 200 pages too long, giving Ms. Kenyon the opportunity to transform Kiara from a whiny, and slightly annoying heroine into an obnoxious, selfish, spoiled, judgmental brat. One of those heroine you wish for someone to rape, strangle, stab, and dismember
What a great read, definitely different from everything I have ever read which was a nice change. I must admit this wasn't as anything I had in mind I would be reading. I had read some reviews out there and formed a completely wrong idea about this series, that's why it took me so long to get to read it. I realized it's not easy to describe this series.

In this installment we get a lot on world building as it's usual in first books in a series, but that's not a bad thing in this case
Stacia (the 2010 club)
This one is a tough book to categorize. It's technically sci-fi romance, but the storyline revolved around a world of assassins. The story did feature spaceships, other planets, and other races, but the main focus of the story shifted between the hero Nykyrian (and his tally of very detailed kills), and the woman Kiara that he was protecting.

Nykyrian is a scarred, lonely assassin who is cold and unwilling to get close to anyone. When he finds a hostage on a ship that his team was sen
CD {Boulder Blvd}
I was wanting a change from my normal genre, and was really looking forward to this, but... This book was overloaded with angst - pages and pages of the same angst. I had to start skipping some as I felt I had read the same lines over and over again.

The world being built had a lot of potential but it seemed to get lost in excessive past experiences of the most violent abuse.

The characters had some decent development (when not overloaded with angst of I'm not good enough or he's an a
Laura the Highland Hussy
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really like Sherrilyn Kenyon, but my only complaint is that all of her heroes are either beaten, violated, verbally castigated, or all 3, and never feel they are worth anything. This is no exception. While I really enjoyed this story, much more so than I ever expected, I'm so sick of having the hero, the alpha male, feel he is worthless. that being said, I can move on.
I loved Nykyrian, I loved his honor, and sense of duty, and I loved how he was with Kiara.
I really liked our heroin
Born of Night was a brilliantly written story that I thoroughly enjoyed. At 533 pages, the book is admittedly long. However, I can’t recall ever feeling like there were parts of the book that could have been excluded. To the contrary, the character development and level of detail used to describe the Ichidan Universe was perfect.

I completely fell in love with Nykyrian, who is a great addition to the tortured-soul heroes out there. Though Nykyrian certainly goes through hell, enduring the worst
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Other books in the series

The League: Nemesis Rising (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Born of Fire (The League: Nemesis Rising  #2)
  • Born of Ice (The League: Nemesis Rising #3, The League: Nemesis Legacy #2)
  • Born of Shadows (The League: Nemesis Rising #4)
  • Born of Silence (The League: Nemesis Rising #5)
  • Born of Fury (The League: Nemesis Rising #6)
  • Born of Defiance (The League: Nemesis Rising #7)
  • Born of Betrayal (The League: Nemesis Rising #8)
  • Born of Legend (The League: Nemesis Rising #9)
  • Born of Vengeance (The League: Nemesis Rising #10)
  • Born of Blood (The League: Nemesis Rising, #11)
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