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(Kaliya Sahni #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,200 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Kaliya Sahni.
Tribunal Executioner. Bounty hunter. The last nagini.

Her reputation is larger than the desert she lives in.

Dangerous. Irresponsible. Antagonistic.

When a friend asks her to look into a supernatural bounty on a human, Kaliya finds herself taking the first steps into a conspiracy that had been in the shadows for nearly a decade. Too intrigued to get out be
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published March 14th 2020
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Jacob Proffitt
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the start of a series in the same world as the author's Jacky Leon series and this book starts after the first book in that series. So the timeline is clear and if you read this one first, you'll spoil the end of Oath Sworn. So if you plan on reading the other series (and I liked it, so would recommend you do), then at least read that first book before this one.

Shared world aside, there isn't any real crossover between the books and I'm fine with that. This one is set in the Phoenix area
Returning home from attending the trial of Jacky Leon (Oath Sworn) Kaliya, one of the last nagini, stumbles into a job searching for a human on the run. She is doing it as a favour for a friend but then Sinclair a cold blooded vampire killer joins the hunt and things get personal.

Raphael has been on the run for 5 years. Moving from town to town, working for cash in hand, always staying just ahead of his pursuers. Those who want him will stop at nothing and he has never had an ally, at least not
★Me Myshelf and I★
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, shifters
The best thing Banet has ever written. And I’ve read them all, and loved them all. Wow she’s knocked this one so far outta the park I can’t even see that ball anymore .

I would say it’s in a league of its own but I’m putting this is in the same league as IA. Also worth pointing outit's not Reverse Harem.

I’ve never read a series with a Naga as it’s FMC before. 

So original and Kaliya is not just a shifter she is a snake, the last female of her kind. Her snake like qualities show all the time. Tast
Rhiannon Chillingworth
Kristen Banet is one of my favourite writers because you always know you are going to get quality.

She writes excellent female characters and actually bothers to create complex world building. Her Redemption Saga is my favourite RH series, as well, so I was delighted to get an ARC of her latest book.

Bounty is set in the same world as the Jacky Leon series and focuses on the Tribunal executioner (and bounty hunter), Kaliya, who is the last female of her species, the naga (she shifts into a snake a
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

K N banet always brings the goods
This is a urban paranormal fantasy action slow burn MF 1:1 romance

As always, the world building is impeccable, the characters are flawed and relatable. Mistakes happen and everyone is morally grey not black and while good guy bad guys. This world builds off the jacky Leon story line but this time Our MC is the last of her kind, a female naga (if your a Harry Potter fan then you know the species, yep SNAKE!). She is also the t
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kristen Banet is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, I'm low key sad to have read this book because it sets up so much, and I just want to get to the bottom of it. As someone who ethnically from the subcontinent it was cool to see small drops of indian culture throughout the book, but it was nothing major. Despite being set in the Jacky Leon series, you could totally read this one without the other. ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Exciting addition

Starts a bit slow but once the action starts you wouldnt want to put it down until the end. Excited for this world
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifters, uf, fae, e-book, 2020
I like how this book is connected to the Jacky Leon series, made it easy to jump into the book and be familiar with the world. Kaliya was interesting, a bit of a hard ass, someone who plays things close to her vest. None of that is bad in and of itself, but it caused issues for her in this book as she needed help and she needed to explain things about her world.

I felt bad for Raphael, he ended up dumped in a world he had no clue about and left alone to flounder. Finally after encountering Kaliy
Nicki K.
Four Stars

As an obsessive fan of the urban fantasy genre, I'm always psyched to find a new series with innovative and exciting concepts. Both series that I have had the pleasure of reading by Banet have been top-notch so far, and I'm incredibly eager to see what her genius mind thinks of next.

Would highly recommend fellow fans of the genre to look into this author. You won't regret it!

Heather Gilbert
While I adore Banet's Reverse Harem worlds (Age of Adina anyone?) I find myself doubly captivated by the Urban Fantasy Universe she is crafting. That world, The Tribunal Archives, first introduced in the Jacky Leon series, is made larger here, focusing on the mysterious Kaliya.

Obsessive and a bit impulsive, Kalyia is a fierce and deadly predator, the last living Nagini and one of only a few sanctioned Tribunal Executioners. Her very nature drives her to interfere in a suspicious bounty, one that
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: magic, urban-fantasy
I'm torn about this book. I like the plot, the world, the different types of characters. And obviously an Indian woman who is Hindu, brown, badass, nagini is awesome.


I hated the writing style. There was a sheer mountain of thought dump. She wrote out every single thing that flitted in her brain, some in regular font, some in italics (I can't figure out why the difference). Some were even spoken out loud.

All the dialogue was so forced. It was as if this was the first book series the author
Tony Hisgett
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review, paranormal
I enjoyed the first half of the book although the author was trying to be a bit too enigmatic about Kaliya's past. It started to go wrong when she found Raphael and the author decided the story was going to be about breeding and lusting after a mate. Incidentally, I found both of the main male characters, Raphael and Cassius very annoying.
To make matters worse this is set in the same 'world' as the Jacky Leon books, which I like, but it also has some of the same problems with illogical laws and
Susan Marin
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Pretty good

I like a strong, female heroines and this one is, but isn’t. The main character is supposed to be very feared by all the bad guys, but it’s difficult to believe that when she gets in what should be mild situations for someone with her reputation, but is easily overwhelmed. The scene where they are at her house and the villains attack - she’s easily put in a tail spin after we’ve read, earlier, how fortified her house is and how only 3 living people know where it is—but this guy finds
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Different city and lens for the tribunal world than the Jacky Leon series. The MC is interesting and has believable flaws, which is nice, and overall I enjoyed the first book.

Biggest flaw for me was some of the bigger info dumps going on (she needs a different technique than just Q&A sessions). They tended to slow down the pacing. The fight scenes could have also been a bit better.

One other thing I wished I had seen was more tension/interest between Kaliya and Raphael. There’s a mate bond, but t
Superb Spin Off Urban Fantasy

This book is set in the same universe as the Jacky Leon books that I have enjoyed so much, by the same author. KN Banet is the pen name Kristen Banet is using for her Urban Fantasy books.

Kaliya is a Tribunal Executioner. The Tribunal is the only ruling body the supernatural world has and they were set up to prevent the exposure of the supernatural to humans, beyond what little is already known. They mainly enforce the various treaties in place between the species as
Rambling Reader
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
At a 4.5 for me! I read this new spin-off after diving into Banet's Jacky Leon series (definitely worth checking out for UF fans). Kaliya is like Jacky in some ways; there's a social awkwardness that's been bred into both of them, and each woman has baggage that comes along with being a member of a sort of elite yet also low-population species. Kaliya, unlike Jacky, is a bit further enmeshed in the supernatural world that Banet has crafted because she's an executioner for the ruling body of supe ...more
Mariah Vollmer
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! So good! The FMC is so strong mentally. I love that she has potentially found someone who could be her mate. The MC is hardheaded but i can’t wait to see what comes next from them.
Lydia Cost
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Does Kristen Ever Write Anything Bad?!?!

The answer is no! I am in love with Kaliya! Learning about the Naga is so interesting, and I’m so excited to delve into the Tribunal world even more so. I can’t wait for the next one! Thank goodness I know that Kristen writes books inhumanely fast. If you’ve read any of Kristen’s books and like her female characters, then put this one immediately on your To Read List!
Lucy Lu
Sep 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book. The conversations between the protagonist and the male lead (her supposed eligible mate) were juvenile and petty for the most part. The characters were flat without any learning arc and I did not grow to like any of them. It seemed as if the writing was rushed, which is apparent with the lacklustre plot and characters. There seems to be a lack of time and effort put into developing these characters which reflects in the writing, which is shabby and all over the place. I ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaliya is a freaking badass and I need to more know more about The Board!!
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
to start this off i have read and loved every single book that kristem banet has written and when she wanted to break away from rh for while i wasnt sure what she would do but i knew it would be epic complex amazing just like her other works so when she started her new tribunal world with jacky leon i was hooked immensely and didnt regret it one bit lol and when she announced she was going to have a 2nd series in this world i was verry curious as well i didnt think shed out do her self again so ...more
Des ❀ (Book Boys Do It Better)
2 ⭐️s— it was ok.

If i’m honest, I was disappointed with this book. I’ve read three other series by Kristen and loved them all, but this book did not hit the mark for me.

There was a lot of switching between 1st and 3rd person, which was really jarring when all of a sudden it went from ‘me’ to ‘her.’ This happened quite often, especially towards the end, and it kept pulling me out of the story.

I also really did not enjoy her relationship/ interactions with Cassias. I understand they didn’t like
E Varady
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was ok

It started out promising but began to slide into awkward and stilted fairly quickly. The premise is pretty standard, but I liked the nagini aspect.

I found the MC to be dictatorial and fairly unlikable. She's not well filled out as a character, so it's hard to care about her. Secondary characters are equally thin, so conversations dead end almost constantly. The dialogue proved forceful but awkward. The phrasing and presentation disruptive. If one were to read the book aloud, I think they
This book was okay, enjoyable and sometimes dull. It was quite slow in places. First Kaliya finds the most tenuous link to insert herself into a case and then it just continues with some good writing, nuance and some choppy writing and obvious plot holes.
There were a few paragraphs of just aimless description, or filler chapters like her making dinner and feeding her snake, or meeting up with the villain to have a chin-wag—which had no purpose in driving the story, if anything they just ended u
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Bounty” is one intense and intriguing read. Imagine being the only female left in your species of nine. You are a Nagini or naga, the famed serpent of India but you are also the supernatural assassin and Bounty Hunter for the paranormal tribunal and they have specifically warned you to stay away from your greatest e, the vampire named, Sinclair. That is the current state of affairs for Kaliya and she has never been one to fully follow the rules.

When one of the few friends of Kaliya as her to lo
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I read the main series for this world, Jacky Leon and I fell head over heels in love with it. The plot, the execution, the action, the romance, the characters, heck everything. So ofc when I head one of my favorites Hisao had a passing mention here and there in Kaliya Sahni series I just wanted to read more. There honestly wasn’t enough of our dear assassin in JL series. Thus here we are. Reading Bounty.

I have to say though. This wasn’t an instant ‘love it’ book. Not even a ‘love it’ book reall
Kaliya is such an intriguing and fierce character, but she does have a few vulnerable moments. Kaliya is one of 9 remaining nagini (snake shifter) and the only female nagini, which essentially makes her the leader of her race. She has been through a lot, but has made herself into the Tribunals Executioner, which has the added benefit of allowing her to search for her parents killer. She is asked to look into a contracted hit, and her life gets turned upside down. She has a connection she wasn’t ...more
Marie Lewis
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are you ready to fall in love with a new character and her life? Are you ready to hero worship Kaliya Sahni? Because all of that is what's awaiting you here.

Kaliya is a woman who is not to be messed with, though admittedly, neither is Raphael, the male main character. Kaliya is a deep, strong, secretive person who just sort of let's herself freefall into the chaos of this plot, and acts like that was the plan. Instead of a character who is constantly whining and complaining about how she didn't
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