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.
I was very surprised when I realised the hero is Julian as he is one of the most hated and reviled characters in The League series. The things he has done to his twin brother Nyk and others who were at school with him just begged belief and yet the author decided to redeem him. If you have read Styxx you might just be reminded of this trope. You see, we are given a version of events as experienced by Julian and although admittedly he does have a mean, violent side there's also been so much manipulation from others. In fact, his own family is just the nastiest, vilest creatures I've ever read about!
So here we have Julian going under the name of Dagger and what do you know, he's not exactly the insane bad guy he was painted! Nope, Julian is hurt, down on his luck and yet finds it in himself to save a young stranger which leads to a whole new life; but you just know Ms Kenyon likes to torture her heroes and yes, it's all going to get very messy indeed.
Ushara is the woman who will stand by her man but it's a shame her family starts to meddle because when they stick their collective noses in it, things end pretty badly for Julian. Lucky he's used to being neglected and thrown to the wolves but Julian is a fighter and I did like this couple would do anything to see the other safe and happy.
There are tender sweet moments I won't lie, but at times I thought there were superfluous pages. It's complicated, lengthy, and there's a wealth of information about Julian's family to digest but for me it just wasn't as riveting as previous books. Although my biggest gripe has to be the brief mention of Nero. Come on, its high time he got a book! Introduced in the first book when he saved Nyk and yet here we are at book 9 and I'm impatiently tapping my foot!