BORN OF NIGHT
Longtime fans may recognize the essence of this story, originally published in the 1990s, as part of a loosely related and pared-down trilogy. Finally Kenyon has the opportunity to tell her League stories the way she originally intended -- with all her patented gritty drama and high-octane adventure. No matter what the genre, Kenyon is a remarkable storyteller!
After having been molded and tortured from childhood into becoming the perfect assassin for The League, Nykyrian Quiakides finally does the unthinkable and quits. No one leaves the League alive, but by refusing to murder a mother and child, he effectively hands in his resignation. Not only does Nykyrian survive, he even creates a deadly alter ego called Nemesis and starts his own organization, the Sentella, which keeps League assassins in check.
Kiara Zamir is both a famed ballet dancer and a princess. To punish her father, she's kidnapped and about to be murdered when she's "rescued" by Nemesis. As Kiara quickly learns, appearances can be quite deceptive. (ST. MARTIN'S, Oct., 533 pp., $7.99)