Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Alliance Forged by Kylie Griffin

Hunted and marked for death by Na'Reish demons for their half-blood heritage, the Na'Chi are searching for a new home--something an alliance offered by the human leader could provide. With both races divided by prejudice, when Light Blade rebels brutally attack the Na'Chi, the alliance seems doomed to fail. 

Varian, leader of the Na'Chi, a hybrid race of gifted warriors, is cursed with the darker impulses of his demon heritage. Controlling the part of himself that craves the high of the battle is a struggle he's afraid he'll lose--until he meets Kymora Tayn, a priestess driven to serve her deity. While he's unwilling to trust anyone outside his people, he finds himself drawn to Kymora's strength and passionate nature, and discovers she has the power to calm the darkness inside him. 

When the Na'Reish raid human territory for blood-slaves and kickstart the war, the key to the survival of both races--Na'Chi and human--is an alliance. However when Kymora is kidnapped, pitting human against human, Varian realizes he must embrace his darker half, not only to save the alliance...but also the woman he loves.

Alliance Forged is the second book of Kylie Griffin's Light Blade series. This one centers around a story line we got glimpses of in the first book, Vengeance Born. This is the story of the Na'Chi warrior Varian and a human Kymora. Kymora is the blind head priestess of the human religion. We saw her brother Kalan fall in love with a Na'Chi woman Annika in the first book. Varian is the leader of the Na'Chi, the half human, half demon outcasts from the demon world. While Varian doesn't trust anyone outside his own people, he still finds himself drawn to Kymora and discovers she somehow has the ability to calm the darkness within him. Kymora gets a message from the Lady that she must do her best to forge the alliance between the Na'Chi and the humans. When the Na'Reish raid human territory for blood-slaves and kick start the war, the key to the survival of both races, Na'Chi and human, is an alliance. It will be up to Kymora to bridge the gap between the two groups.
 The perfect mix between conflict and suspence and sexy, sweet romance. Alliance Forged has that special spark that keeps the pages briskly turning from beginning to end. This book has amazing depth and completely transports you with Griffin's amazing world building abilities. It is very well written with characters that are complex yet likable. It picked up right where Vengeance Born left off and sweeps you right back into their world. I anxiously await the release of book three " Allegiance Sworn ".  Great urban fantasy series that I would highly recommend.

* Please note that I suggest you start the series with book one since it does have a complex story line *

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  April


  1. Kylie weaves a compelling story that takes you into the lives of her characters and allows you to 'feel' what they are feeling and makes you want to be a part of their lives. Written with compassion and strength, anyone who reads about this realm will not soon forget it.

  2. I haven't read Alliance Forged yet but it's on my list. I can vouch for Kylie's first book in this series. It was wonderful.


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