BORN OF SILENCE
Kenyon’s latest League novel is an amazing, mesmerizing story, but also emotionally difficult and harsh. How much punishment can the human body and mind stand before it shatters? From the beginning of the series, Darling Cruel has been a charming and complicated character with plenty of mystery behind him. The dynamic between the hero and heroine is tangled to the extreme, and Kenyon makes you care deeply for their predicament. Outstanding!
As heir to the Caronese Empire, Darling Cruel’s life should have been one of ease. However, his father’s murder by his uncle has left Darling subject to the most vicious kind of physical and psychological abuse. To protect his mother, Darling claimed to be gay, which, sadly, added to his abuse. Only as the masked Sentella warrior Kere has Darling found love, with resistance leader Zarya Starska. Zarya has no idea of “Kere’s” true identity, so in an awful twist of fate, when Darling is captured by the resistance, she doesn’t know him. Unbeknownst to Zarya, Darling is horribly tortured and sexually abused by his jailers. When he is rescued by the Sentella, Darling is on the brink of insanity. Can Zarya reach his tortured soul before he destroys an empire? (GRAND CENTRAL, May, 624 pp., $24.99)