Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Genre: Sci-Fi; Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
5 novels and 1 short story, ongoing
Synopsis (according to official website):
In the Ichidian Universe no one was safe. People were dragged from their homes and killed in the streets- victims of a ruthless tyrant who was bent on being the sole ruler of their entire empire. Those who opposed him and his army formed an alliance called The League which fell under the leadership of the Quorum.
After they put down the tyrant, the Quorum realized that the best way to keep trouble from starting was to cut it off at its head. A separate group of soldiers was needed, The League Assassins. Highly trained and highly valued, they are the backbone of the government.
But not even the League is immune to corruption…
Welcome to a world where corrupt assassination politics dominate everything and everyone- because sometimes the cure really is worse than the illness. It’s kill or be killed. You’re either the hunter or the prey.
But there are those who will protect you. Men and women who come from the streets and from bloodied backgrounds of survival. You just have to decide is they’re better than the ones chasing you…
Sarcastic, loyal, highly trained and lethal, these men and women are the next generation of heroes. They know how to laugh in the face of madness and danger, and to endure the worst The League and their enemies can hurl at them.
Most of all, they know to fight and protect.
The war is on…
I enjoy a well-done sci-fi. And I enjoy Sherrilyn Kenyon. It was a winning combination. What I think I enjoy most about this series is the breadth of the world. Pretty much every book introduces different races, different worlds, different cultures. The Ichidian Universe is a populated and diverse one. I always feel like there's more to learn, more to explore. From the vain but deadly Andarions to the female-dominated Qillaq, I just want *more* of this world.
"Don't shoot the mechanic. We always leave a surprise for you in the engine only we know about."
Alix, Born of Ice
I think perhaps the most interesting thing about the series is it was the first one that Kenyon ever published, with three different publishers. With all of her recent success with Dark Hunters and other series, she was allowed to re-release these books as they were intended to be--part of a cohesive universe. I remember reading the third and praying that she would continue writing in this world, that I would get to see more of it. I like the characters, don't get me wrong, her characters are always awesome, but what keeps bringing me back to this series is actually the world as a whole.
"Death becomes us all."Nykyrian, Born of Night
Not only is the universe vast, but so is the timeline. Born of Ice, book 3 actually concerns the grown children of the characters in Born of Fire, the second book. The rest of the series focuses on the first timeline (thus far), but I still enjoy every bit I get of it.
The League is a series I enjoy immensely and from which I eagerly await each installment, especially the next one, Cloak & Silence. So I leave you with a quote regarding the main character of that upcoming book:
"Unlike other cultures, Phrixians aren't born with their surnames. We earn them. ... Jari is 'honor in battle.' "
[Maris] gave her a twisted grin. "Invincible."
Maris Sulle, Born of Silence