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Born of Fire

(The League: Nemesis Rising #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  17,494 ratings  ·  766 reviews
In a universe where assassins make the law, everyone lives in fear--except for Syn. Born of an illicit scandal that once rocked a dynasty, he always knew how to survive on the bloodthirsty streets. But that was then, and the future is now…

Syn was raised as a tech-thief until his livelihood uncovered a truth that could end his life. He tried to destroy the evidence, and has
Mass Market Paperback, 540 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 1996)
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JB Lynn It's not a true sequel to Born of Night...rather, it kind of runs in along (loosely) the same time line as Born of Night did. Instead of sticking with…moreIt's not a true sequel to Born of Night...rather, it kind of runs in along (loosely) the same time line as Born of Night did. Instead of sticking with the main couple in Born of Night, this follows Syn and what he got up to while he was "disappeared" in Born of Night. There will be some discrepancies between the two time lines because Born of Night was originally published was a different publisher than Born of Fire and the rest. The world Sherrilyn Kenyon created is the same, and the writing just keeps getting better.(less)

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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
Review Disclaimer: Danielle is not actually insane. She is fully aware that Syn is not a real person. (What a shame!)

Syn, would you please marry me? I would hold you to my breast, and soothe you. I would wipe away the tears you will not allow yourself to cry, that is after I kick your ex-wife's butt all the way to the next galaxy for being such a piece of work not to realize what the precious jewel she had in you. I would kiss you every day, and make sure you understood just how much I adore you
5 stars – Paranormal/Sci-Fi Romance

If there was ever a hero that I wanted to hold and gently rock in my arms while crooning a sweet lullaby or win a giant, plush teddy bear from playing one of those fair games for him, it’s Syn from Born of Fire. He’s one of the most tortured, anguished romantic heroes ever, having endured just about every kind of suffering, abuse, and cruelty imaginable, yet he’s somehow managed to harbor an intrinsic, unbreakable sense of goodness and tenderness that’s all the
Jan 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who like bodice-ripper SF and don't much care about the quality of the writing
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Carolyn F.
Okay, I hate Shahara. Syn doesn't hurt her when she comes to turn him in even though she shoots him, pays for her sister's hospital visit when they're about to throw her out, bails her other sister and brother out of jail numerous times, takes the rap for a sister, pays for the same sister's ship to be fixed after she was attacked - but then Shahara thinks he's a liar so he can't be trusted. She finds out from her sister that he's helped the family for years, but no matter what he says, she thin ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: safe-for-me, pnr, series
Listened via audio

Had I not been trapped in a car.....I would have never finished this book.

Maybe I can give this 1.5 stars

Ok so I probably HATE this heroine more than any heroine I have ever read. I found zero redeeming qualities. She was a self righteous bitch throughout the entire book.

Sin was a good hero and deserved so much better!

May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
five out of five if I could I would give it a six that's how good this book is ...more
Jen Davis
Life has kicked Syn in the teeth from the day he was born. His father was brutal killer. His mother abandoned him and his sister, Talia. They were horribly abused. Talia escaped by suicide. Syn thought he could escape by turning in his father to police. But the system betrayed him, throwing him into prison at just 10 years old. He escaped, living on nothing but his wits and slowly built a life for himself. But he can't outrun his past. And he is constantly kicked down by the people he chooses to ...more
Fani *loves angst*
I have to admit that 3 was too generous a rating for this book, where I'm concerned. But personal issues aside, this was better than average, so it would be unfair to rate it with just 2.

All I can think of is 'what a let-down' after the amazing Born Of Night:( I had very high hopes for this one, but unfortunately they didn't come true. I'll admit that Syn was a good hero, but compared to Nykyrian he's not worth a dime. Technically, he's a tortured hero too, because of his past. However, he didn'
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This was the second Sherrilyn Kenyon book I ever read, the first being Infinity and this is what got me hooked on her writing and The League. I bought this in 2010 on a holiday to Sydney; we were going to see Twelfth Night, really good by the way. And as we always do when we’re in Sydney, we went and visited Galaxy. Galaxy has to be one of my favourite bookstores in the universe. It has so many good books, and whenever I go there, I stock up on books. So, I found this and thought that I would gi ...more
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, z-2010
The second installment of The League was a great read and was actually even better than Born of Night, which I also thought was a 5-star read. The best part of the book was our hero, Syn, a man of mystery, intelligence, humor, charm and strength. Kenyon does a wonderful job developing this character. As tortured soul who was subjected to unspeakable acts of abuse, torture, betrayal and neglect, I really just want to hug (and kiss) Syn throughout the book. The heroine, Shahara was interesting eno ...more
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

This was just as good as Born of Night. It had everything the first did. Not nearly as much time was spent in space or in fighters, but way more time was spent in fire-fights, so they were equally action packed. And I love Vik!

In Born of Night I remember Syn saying that he had had a horrible childhood, but that Nykyrian's had been worse. We knew that Syn was the son of a horrible criminal, and we knew that his wife had left him when
I liked it, (3.5 stars) although the time line was off, she at least explained why in the preface so I wasn't expecting it to be correct. Syn & Shahara, they are a good pair. I feel like he compromise more than she did in the end, and I feel like for all the story telling, the end got a little rushed. She really drove home the abuse in this book and coming off of Born of Night it was a little hard to read. I know these are her earlier works and I've read a bit of her history, so maybe she was wo ...more
Fangirl Musings
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any and all- regardless of what genre you like, you're guaranteed to love this book.
Recommended to Fangirl Musings by: Fan of Kenyon for years- no need for a recommentation.
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Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
This book could have had potential. It could do so much better than what it was, but it felt as though the author just failed to deliver.

Honestly, I thought the general storyline and plot was good. Syn (or Sheridan, which was his birth name) was the usual gorgeous, sexy, irresistible, tortured hero who deserved so much more and better in life than the shit that had been dealt to him. While I normally had a tender heart for tortured hero, Syn’s story felt a lot like Nykyrian’s in the previous boo
Ms. Nikki
Born Of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon My rating: 3 of 5 stars I think I'm tired of wounded heroes. Bad boys with a sob story. Histories that are used as excuses as to why they are the unemotional robots that they are, only to find out they have a Pillsbury dough-boy center, full of snot and tears just like every other person on the planet (universe if you're reading sci-fi). The chick in this read was determined not to see reason even when it was shoved down her throa ...more
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal romance fans!
Really exceptional series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I can't believe these books are re-releases, I've never heard of them! But I am oh, so glad to have found them! This is the Sherrilyn Kenyon I know and love and can't wait to read the next installment. If you like paranormal romance SK style, you'll love this! ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Oh my god. So much to say.


This story could have been good despite the author trying to add every characteristic of man in one man or so it felt.

Let’s see. Our hero:
-Was thrown into jail at ten. Adult jail mind you and he hadn’t committed any crime that would warrant that. (No world building suggested this should be possible especially with a justice league like system supposedly.)
-By that age he was an investor and a tech guru.
None of this is so hard to swallow but there’s more.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, Ive been meaning to start this series for forever, after reading Born of Night, I gave thanks to the Book Gods that this series has many books already written and ready for me to indulge in and no waiting is necessary. I have 2 friends, (Sandy, Marta) that have been telling me for a couple years now to hurry up and get started, thanks for the push guys, your probably gonna be sick of me updating you on a daily basis by the time I catch up. S. Kenyon is my very favorite author and thi ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-picks
This couple is the most untrusting and bipolar I have read in a while, but I still enjoyed the story.
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wooooow! I just need to say ... what a great read. I had an amazing time reading this one. I enjoyed book 1 but this was something else, much better and it corrected everything that annoyed before.

In this installment we have the most tortured hero I have EVER read about, so fans of this type of heroes: don't wait any longer, this is the book you have been looking for. Not only did Syn had the most awful family raising him up, but the whole society turned against him because of that murderer he h
I really do not know how to explain what I thought about this book. The only reason I gave it a 5 star rating is because of Syn. If I had to rate it based on Shahara it would be less than a one star. Not because of the writing but because I totally hated her. In fact, I need to add a book shelf called, suck it bitch, just for her. She has to be one of the worst heroines I have ever read about. First of all she keep making stupid mistakes, had no common sense, had a chip on her shoulder the whole ...more
I enjoyed Born of Fire, but I have to agree with other reviews I've read and reviewers who had issues with the heroine. From the bits in the previous book (Born of Night) I expected Shahara to be totally kick-a$$, a smart and powerful bounty hunter, and while she does have moments, her character just isn't all that strong or smart for much of the middle of the story. As for leading man Syn, I am starting to see shades of Ash in all of Kenyon's big gorgeous males with tortured(literally) pasts, b ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
4.5 stars. Part of me really wants to give this a 5 star, just because I was emotionally happy to be reading a GOOD story after a few less-than-satisfying ones.

So many people know of Kenyon's other, more popular, Dark Hunters series. Given that I've only read 1 book in that particular series, it's not completely fair for me to compare the two, but when I read book 1 of the League, I found it SO much more interesting than book 1 of Dark Hunters.

I can't begin to convey just how enamored I am of t
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, m-f, adult-lit
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Jan 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: futuristic romance readers
I loved Syn from the first League book. I was excited reading his story because he's like Nykyrian. An asassin, has had a very difficult and traumatic childhood which had left them a cynic and cold but deep inside they're hiding these vulnerabilities that made them endearing.

This book, same as book 1 was republished. There was some inconsistencies like it should have been when Nykyrian was in the hospital after he was attacked by Kiara's father, Syn visited him with Shahara. But in book 2, Syn
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Currently in Chapter Six and am disappointed in the heroine thus far. So far she's a whining, disreputable sell-out who has "stubborn" confused with "tough and committed."

I see this a lot in bodice rippers - "strong" women that are really just confused bitches. Once they come around and see how perfect the man is they go compliant and their world settles nicely.


Formulaic and disappointing. BUT - these are just my initial observations and I will reserve my judgment until I've finished the boo
I love Syn so dang much, he's got one hell of a sense of humor. And he's such a good, albeit lethal, man in spite of and because of his past (which is utterly heartbreaking). I noticed some reviews mentioned that they hated Shahara for her treatment of Syn early on in the book, and I have to disagree. I liked her. You have to look beyond her actions to the reasoning behind them.(view spoiler) ...more
Jul 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was struggling to put my finger on exactly what made this book unreadable to me and I found it. Have you seen Japanese cartoons with subtitles? There was one about Footballers that literally made no sense to me, even though it had subtitles, because for one thing much of the Japanese cultural nuances, which through the atrocious translation sounded like jibber isn’t, flew Over my head, and for another the mechanic, literal translations felt as if they were made by robots.

The content of this b
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Syn is on the run. So what else is new? Only this time the person chasing him is his best friends older sister and a part of him, the part south of his brain kind of wants to be caught. But as much as Syn wants Shahara, can he trust her? A life time spent being betrayed and hurt by the ones who should love him has made Syn wary and Shahara has an agenda of her own.

We first meet Syn in Born of Night and I am so glad we didn't have to wait long for him to get a book of his own. Syn has 'hero
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second time flying through Sherrilyn Kenyon’s awesomely created Ichidian Universe and my, she does not disappoint. Although Born of Night was amazing, I liked Born of Fire a lot better because of certain, I don’t know someone by the name of SYN? Mmmm SYN! I mean, can you find a better name than that? God, that man! The story is fabulous, it takes the reader through what it’s like to be on the run for both the hero and the heroine when wrongly accused of crimes and the ups and downs of ...more
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