Rant: The League

OK, I love Sherrilyn Kenyon. I feel like I have to lead with that because I am so disappointed right now. I’m in the midst of a re-read of her League series, because my ARC of Caillen’s book, Born of Shadows, is screaming at me from my Nook to come read it.   So I wander over to Kenyon’s website, which I do whenever I read her books, because it is filled with those great character pages. And then I see that she has a page set up for the next League book, Born in Silence, featuring Darling as the lead!  I clicked on it and my heart sank.

Darling is paired with a woman. What’s wrong with this?  If you are asking that question, you’ve never read the League books. Because in them, Darling is GAY.  He has no history of liking girls in any way. In fact, his uncle beats the crap out of him for having relationships with men. In Born of Night, Nykyerian says plainly, “Darling isn’t attracted to women.”  He has a daughter in Born of Ice, but no mother is mentioned and it never even occured to me that she might have been conceived the old-fashioned way because such a fine point was always placed on his sexual preference.

Before I clicked onto the page, when I saw his name next to the book, I thought to myself how proud I was of Sherrilyn Kenyon. That it was kind of brave that she was giving the gay character a book… how I wish JR Ward would do the same for my beloved Qhuinn and Blay… and then… it’s not that at all.  Frankly, I’d much rather him not have a book at all than to change his character to suit a M/F formula.  I wish I had never seen this.


  1. I didn’t see this. I agree that it would have been nice for another well known main stream author to tackle the M/M genre. There are ways to do it without loosing your fan base.

  2. Noooooooooooooooo, I was certain Darling was gay, too. Wow, I don’t usually like to say this about my favorite authors but I really can’t think of any other term for it…. she SOLD OUT Darling with this book.

  3. I am in complete agreement with you Jen! He is GAY! Why can’t he stay that way?

  4. In her defense it could be possible that other dynamics come into play. You really won’t know until you read the book and fully understand where she is coming from and her direction in going this route.

    There are a few instances where it was questionable about Darling’s sexuality. Just like in the book The Guardian, Seth had been brutalized just as Acheron was and in his book Acheron it details all that the experienced. So, cut her some slack she is a very talented writer. Lets see how she will weave this web and how it all plays out.

  5. Laura Alexander says:

    Does anyone update this site? This is crap from 2011. I only came here to get the next title and ehen it would be out. I can do without the gushing and synopses of books I read 10 years ago.Laura

    • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

      Yes. This site is updated almost every day, though individual posts like this one are not. Reviews from previous books stay up on the site and do not come down, as there are always new readers coming to this series and to many others that have been reviewed here. Such is the case on most book review blogs.

      The next League book is Born of Blood. It’s scheduled for release in July 2018.

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.