But when his companion’s brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, he finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government that his mother has beaten into him and his own beliefs of justice and right.
Now, he must decide for himself to remain a pawn of their government or to defy everything and everyone he’s ever known to stand up to tyranny. It’s a gamble that will either save his life or end it. And when old enemies align with new ones, it’s more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.
Talyn has the misfortune to have been born of Andarian parents and theirs is a culture that values blood lines more than anything. Vain, merciless people who willingly ostracise family members when their taboos are infringed. Yes, it's fair to say I hate this prejudiced world and yet our hero, Talyn, is proud to serve his people. Considered the lowest of the low due to his father’s family not accepting him, Talyn has nevertheless fought his way through the ranks and as the story begins he is a Major. Trouble is, his commanding officer is part of a family who hate Talyn’s mother and poor Talyn constantly pays the price. Yet Talyn never gives in and takes a chance to contract a "companion" named Felicia.
In their society it's acceptable to "sell" yourself as long as proper rules and procedures are followed but this lonely couple quickly learn to love each other. Unfortunately, due to lineage issues they will never be able to marry no matter how much they might wish to. Talyn’s commander does everything he can to tear them apart and soon Talyn finds himself a pawn in a deadly game that could overthrow the government!
Born of Defiance in many ways feels quite similar to the previous one. Indeed the abuse Talyn suffers seems very familiar. Talyn is brave but quite brutal and I don't think he ever lets pain stop him which felt a tad unbelievable at times. His saving grace is his sweet nature when it comes to those he cares for. He has willingly suffered for his mother and then Felicia comes into his life. Felicia may be gentle but she's also bright and possesses a fierce love for Talyn that shines through.
I love this series and fans like myself will enjoy this story as it is laying down the groundwork for Fain’s story which hopefully isn't too far off now. Remember I mentioned Nykrian? Well this ties in quite nicely with his story too, as his evil brother features here.
So all in all this was time well spent by me even though I still detest the prejudiced Andarians. The only thing that might have improved it was Fain appearing, but I guess Ms Kenyon has other ideas for him and I cannot wait!
Fabulous space opera and a series I cannot recommend highly enough.