Review: Born of Darkness by Lara Adrian

Posted August 8, 2018 by Shari in Reviews / 18 Comments

Review: Born of Darkness by Lara Adrian
Born of Darkness

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Series: Hunter's Legacy #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 27, 218
Pages: 314
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

So I didn’t know Lara Adrian had started a spin off series, but when Sophia Rose sent me a review, I knew I had to check it out! The Hunters have been freed and now we get their story. Asher is one moody hunter, but one with a good heart that captured me from the start. A little sassy, Naomi comes across as a little more immature. The story restores my faith in this world that I felt the older books had veered away from.

Review

I have been a fan of the Midnight Breed series back before I had a Kindle and could only get paperbacks. Not to age myself, but I didn’t get my Kindle until I was pregnant with my son in 2008-2009. I guess that makes me at least a decade old fan of this series! When the Midnight Breed series ended and started up the next generation, I was pretty happy to reboot the series because the last few books left me wanting. The reboot hasn’t been my favorite though, so I went into this one with an open mind, but cautious.

At the end of the original Midnight Breed series, a group of Gen 1 Breed were freed after years of enslavement doing the bidding of one man. Trained Killers. Asher is no different. Raised to be the enforcer of the Hunters, he often put his brothers to death, a death he never took lightly. His freed brothers show disdain for the job he was given, never knowing the depths of how each kill wounded his soul forever.

When he was freed, he fled and roamed. Taken in by a grumpy older man who showed no fear of him, Asher had found his home. The weaving of the his life’s story is throughout the book. Hauntingly reminding us of the time before the big reveal when things were cruel and evil for these Gen 1 boys. Little glimpse of the past from time to time draw us in to wanting to hug Asher and show that we forgive him. They also show a home that Asher created with a human man. While Asher could have been cruel, he wasn’t and stayed closer to his true character than the one he was made to wear as a child.

We met Naomi and right off I get an impression of a young woman so bent on revenge she can’t see what she is doing to those around her. Orphaned at a young age, Naomi lived on the streets until she met her best friend. The two are brother and sister, but one has more common sense after he was in an accident that paralyzed him. Taking the settlement money, he opens a house for runaway kids to stay, get cleaned up, sleep and catch a good meal. Naomi cares just as much for these kids, but keeps risking it all for the revenge that has sat in her heart from childhood for the man who killed her mother.

When Asher save Naomi’s life, he is irritated by her, but at the same time won’t let the goons kill and bury her in the desert.  Taking her in he quickly learns she is a breedmate and tries to hem her into a Safe Haven, but she won’t go quietly into the night. Now he has to re-evaluate his plan  on how to keep her safe, even from himself.

It was nice to get away from the world where the Breed are always on defense from the threat introduced in the reboot. This was just a breed man learning to live quietly in a world that never really accepted his kind. Living each day in solitude and learning he needs more than himself. Forced back into the world he comes across a brother who shows him nothing but disdain and will be in the next book of this series. Naomi isn’t the typical breedmate, and I loved not having a hothouse flower turned ninja coming out in the story. She was real, forced to live life like any other human child who lose their parents. She makes mistakes, but she also loves fiercely.

While there are some events in this book that made me upset, there was also a lot of heart. Getting back to the roots of what the stories are about and letting the world deal with the wars was like a breath of fresh air in a series I was struggling to continue. I love this new spin off series and can’t wait for Cain’s story to arrive. Unfortunately it was delayed, or I would be reading it now!

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About Lara Adrian

LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books have been named among Amazon’s Top Ten Romances of the Year, and have also been nominated by readers multiple times as finalists for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance of the Year. Reviewers have called Lara’s books “addictively readable” (Chicago Tribune), “extraordinary” (Fresh Fiction), “strikingly original” (Booklist), and “one of the best vampire series on the market” (Romantic Times).

Writing as TINA ST. JOHN, her historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best; and many others. She was twice named a Finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, for Best Historical Romance (White Lion’s Lady) and Best Paranormal Romance (Heart of the Hunter). More recently, the German translation of Heart of the Hunter debuted on Der Spiegel bestseller list.

With an ancestry stretching back to the Mayflower and the court of King Henry VIII, the author lives with her husband in New England, where she is working on her next novel. Visit Lara’s website and sign up for new release announcements at http://bit.ly/LaraAdrianNews

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • Bookworm Brandee

    I was excited to see this spinoff as well – happy to be able to get into the series early. I’m happy that you enjoyed it so well. It sounds as though Adrian did a fine job with kicking off this new series. But I need to know…can I read this without having finished the Midnight Breed series? Because I’m not caught up in it. 🙂

    • If you understand the Breed world, then you should be ok. Mostly you need to know the Gen 1 Hunters were freed and now they have to overcome what was bred into them. It about 20 years later. You don’t have to be up on the stories after the reboot. I am behind a few on those and had no problems with this one.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Sorry, I commented through an app on my phone, but they don’t show up, so I will try again.

      If you understand the Breed world and know the Hunters were Gen 1 bred Breed that were freed at the end of the first run of the series before the time jump, then you should be find picking this up. I have read all of the Breed series, but I am behind on the reboot books. I read this with no problem as it didn’t get too deep into what is going on with the series.

      Hope this helps!

  • I tried a few of her books but I haven’t tried this series and it looks really good!

    • I only have read the Midnight Breed series, but I am enjoying this spin off series.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It is really good. I have mostly stuck with her Midnight Breed series. This had all the world building, but without the drama that fills up the series and has kind of gotten stale. I really liked this break off series and getting away from the drama.

  • I feel like I have read something by this author….mhmm….but yes, this does sound good. I’ll have to do some digging.

    • I have only read her Midnight Vreed series. In general I really like most of her stories, but lately they have seemed to drag.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      She has this series and a new contemporary one I think. While it is a Breed book, it doesn’t get into the politics from the Midnight Breed series. It is more character driven, which is why I fell in love with it.

  • I have been wanting to read the Midnight Breed series for a while now. I really need to get to some of them. Sounds like I’m missing on a lot! Love it when a series gets a good spinoff too!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I have read most of the series, and there are some favorites, but also a few I really didn’t enjoy. I loved getting away from the main thread of the series and get back to the characters that make up this world.

  • Yay! So glad you liked it, too. I feel the same about this fresh start on the side series.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I so needed a fresh start. I was getting bored with the way the series has been going. This was more character driven and I loved getting to know them without the Midnight Breed series taking time from them.

      Sorry, I commented the day it posted, but my comments are showing up. Hopefully these will stay!

  • I’ve been reading her books for years too. I’m a bit behind right now so I’m gonna have to start reading her books again soon.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I need to catch up on the series as well. I think I read one out of order and was so confused, but I really didn’t care because it was going in a direction that just left me feeling blah. I really liked the spin off could give me a fresh start.

  • Shari Delighted Read

    Sorry everyone! I thought I had replied to comments, but I did it with the WordPress app while I was out one day. Somehow, they all aren’t showing here. So will try once again!

  • I have this one in my tbr. I know exactly what you mean. I am a big fan of this series but I’ve struggled with the newer ones. Not a fan of the evil organization either. Now you have me wanting to dive back in. Thanks!

  • RO

    It’s been some time since I read her work, but I have a lot of books on my shelf with Lara Adrian. Even after all this time, she’s still doing her thing and serving some great stories. Hugs and Happy Monday! RO