It is in the darkest hours of a universe’s past that their legends are born and their heroes rise…
No one knows exactly how much heart they have until their mettle is put to the hazard and they reach the lowest point of hell. There, they have only two choices. Lie down and die. Or find the strength to push themselves to their feet and fight back with everything they have.
Dagger is the alias that is used by Ushara’s husband, and the father of the twins, who is on the run for his life. This is his story and shows how he became a member of the Tavali and what happens to them after Born of Betrayal ends.
Thoughts: I’ve been a Kenyon fan for years and never have I loved a book of hers as much as I loved this book. I loved it so much that as soon as I finished it I had to read it again. (From the time I got this book till now I’ve read it 4 times)
Kenyon is known for taking those characters we love to hate and making us love them. She did it in her Dark Hunters Series with Zarek and Styxx to name a few.
When it comes to Dagger however I have to say that I didn’t remember him from the first book, so he was a character that I wasn’t invested in.
From the first paragraph I was hooked on this book and read it straight through into the morning as I had to see how Dagger’s life plays out, as this book takes place over a 5-year period.
Dagger by his own explanation is a cantankerous bastard and yet underneath it all he has the most sensitive heart and capacity to care for other people. When he saves Vasili he has no clue how his life is about to change. His reaction to his new life is so honest and pure that there will be times when you will need to have some Kleenex handy.
Ushara is one of Kenyon’s best heroines ever. Yes, I said it, one of her absolute best heroines. From the moment that she realizes that Dagger saved her son he begins to steal a part of her heart. From the beginning she knows that loving this very damaged man won’t be easy and yet she’s helpless to stop.
A couple of things to know about this book, the cliffhanger that happens at the end of Born of Betrayal doesn’t happen until the end of this book and let me tell you there is so much more to that event than we saw in Betrayal. Second, because this book takes place over a 5-year span there are things that are mentioned/happen that we’ve seen in the other books only this time we’re seeing them from Dagger’s point of view. Third, the cast of secondary characters in this book are absolutely fantastic and I hope we get to see more of them in this series.
Whether you’ve read this series before or not if you love a good sci-fi romance then you won’t want to miss this book. And because it takes place over that 5-year span that the other books in the series happen and those characters are only mentioned in passing you don’t have to have read them to read this book…though you will want to after reading this book. (I know I went back and read several of them)
In this reader’s opinion this is one of Kenyon’s absolute best books. (I’ve read all of her books so I feel qualified is stating that)