Book Review – Born Of Shadows

 by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Piatkus) ISBN 978 0 7499 5473 4

This book is badly written. I don’t say that often. No, wait that is not true. The point is, with most books, it is the boring plot coupled with the bad writing.

This book is different. The plot is Star Wars, the good one. The author doesn’t even pretend it’s not. I mean with all the storm troopers being shot with blasters I kept looking at the cover for the “Lucus Industries’” logo.

So it’s a story about a kid with dark secrets in his past and father issues who will one day save the world. So you really can’t go wrong with that. It has kept the Sci-fi industry going all these years. There are laser guns and weird DNA experiments.

That is another big tick in the space nerd check list.

So why does it fail so badly you ask? I know you didn’t actually ask but this was going nowhere so I’m speeding it up.

The only reason I can see is that when I read it out loud the overall impression is that Forest Gump is speaking to me. Now I know that an internal dialogue can be useful and informative in books. However, when that dialogue is saying things like “I’m in trouble now” while being shot at, it upsets me. I mean, really, what ever gave it away?

This book seems to be written for adults. And yet it assumes that “ya’ll” will need telling that being shot at is bad. It’s rather like me saying, “this book is insulting to your intellect”. Intellect means how smart you are, sweetie. No, no, not Internet, intellect with two l’s. Ok, fine, let’s start from the beginning. “English is an Indo-European language… ”.

Christopher Dean