One of the fiercest soldiers the Phrixians have ever produced, Maris Sulle has been an outsider the whole of his life. He grew up with a secret that cost him everything- His birthright, his family and his military career. In all his life, he’s only had one love and he has sacrificed his own happiness to see his best friend reunited with the woman he loves. But now that his good deed is done, he feels lost and adrift. Even though they do their best to include him in their new family, he’s once again on the outside looking in.
Ture has spent his life hiding from everyone around him while trying desperately to fit in. His family, the world, you name it. Badly hurt by everyone he’s ever known, he trusts no one except his own best friend. And honestly, he can’t understand why he trusts her. Nor can he believe her when she describes a loyalty between friends the likes of which he’s never seen.
But when he is in his darkest hour, he’s saved by a hero he thought only existed in novels. A man who is every bit as scarred and mistrusting as he is. One who has no interest in being dragged into another relationship with anyone.
Having spent his life as a living study of doomed relationships, Maris is well aware of the courtship and fiasco that invariably follows. Still, there is something about Ture he can’t resist. Something that won’t let him walk away when he knows he should.
But when old enemies return to threaten them both, they either have to stand together or die alone.
Review by Andie from Mythical Cliffhanger
Let’s start by clarifying that Cloak & Silence is not a full-length novel, but it’s way longer than a novella. On terms of content, however, it resembles a short story. There’s not much of a plot here, rather it is focusing on the relationship between the two main characters and their past. It’s not a must-have piece of the series, more like extra content, however, no one who met Maris before will be able to resist this book. But seriously, it’s a League book after all, so of course it is a must-read for every fan!
Q: What’s it like being a civ and hanging out with the Sentella?
“Oh you have no idea the misery I suffer. All those hot bodies around me all the time… it’s horrible. Absolutely horrible. Actually, that’s not the bad part. Not being able to take a bite out of one of them… that’s the hard part. I’m telling you, if hell had a name, it would be Maris.”
The biggest difference from the other books – in case you didn’t know this already (you probably lived under a rock!) – is that this is a love story between two men. I’ll be honest, when I first heard about this, I didn’t like it at all! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any problem with same gender relationships, I just don’t like to read/hear about the details. I don’t ship Destiel or any sort of that stuff and I certainly didn’t want Darling to end up with Maris. I like Zarya. And this still hasn’t changed, but I absolutely adore Maris. From the first time I met him in the previous novels, he was one of my favorite characters, and I wouldn’t have cared if he’d got down and dirty with an uber-alien or whatever. Anyway, Ture and Maris are so cute together, and they both suffer so much (duh! I mean we’re talking about a Kenyon book…) even I got to love them and enjoyed their story.
I am glad, though, that there wasn’t too many or too graphic erotic scenes, but the lack of Bow-Chicka-Bow-Wow in the water is a definite sin! There’s one other thing, besides the love story that is a trade-mark for the League series. The sarcastic, stomach-hurting humor. There is no League book without humor. This time, we knew what to expect from Maris on this front and he delivers a perfect performance… he is hilarious. Once again, when the whole Sentella crew was in one place, I died. I laughed so hard I was in tears… many times. Oh and kudos to Sherri for giving us a lot of SYN! He’s still my most favorite character, EVER!
What I have to point out even more, is that I really really liked the new race. The Phrixian race is one of the most interesting species that has appeared in the series. I loved it and despite the fact that they have one of the most brutal societies, they’re very interesting and it would be nice to see more of them and their life. They’re definitely in the top 3 along with the Andarians and the Trisani.
As for the exciting action parts, as I said in the beginning there really aren’t a lot of them, but those few action scenes the book has are up to the usual standard we expect from Kenyon books. However, it would be the time to give Kyr a woman who kicks his sexy-but-annoying ass and opens up his eyes (No pun intended… originally…). Although not sure there’s still hope for him. Anyway, give me Hauk, Nero, Chayden, Fain, Taryn and the others!! I never can get enough of this crew!
I give it “only” 4.5 stars, because despite how good it was, it’s still just a short story and that is exactly what we got. Nothing special other than it’s loveable. And sometimes there’s repetition of certain “information” and phrases, which throws me off a little in general. So all in all, I’m happy Sherri was brave enough to write this and I got to read it. I definitely recommend reading C&S.
“You lost your tongue or your nerve?”
“I don’t want to get fag blood on me and catch whatever disease you’re carrying.”
“Then by all means, shall I show you the door . . . or would you rather go out through a wall?”
* * *
A furious tic beat in Kyr’s jaw. “Do you know who I am?”
Nemesis snorted derisively. “We know. We just don’t give a shit.”
* * *
” All little girls, regardless of what they say, dream of a prince to come in and sweep them off their feet and save the day. But what no one ever mentions is that all little boys dream of a princess to do the same thing for them. But the problem with princes and princesses is that they’re spoiled and self-absorbed. They act in their own best interest. They don’t go after their loved ones to rescue them so much as they do it for their own vainglory, and to serve themselves. While she’d had many princes try for her hand, it was a king who claimed her heart. Unlike princes, kings take responsibility. They think of others instead of themselves and they will risk everything, even their very lives, for those they love. It is never about them, but rather about the ones they cherish most. They love to such depth that they would sacrifice all just to see their family smile. For every thousand princes, there is only one king. And such rare men do not deserve a useless princess who sits on her duff and orders others to worship her and do her bidding. Kings deserve queens- rare women who never flinch to do whatever it takes to keep their king safe. Women who have the courage to face any attacker and to rally to whatever challenge life throws at them.”
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“Remind me later that we really need to send you to anger management therapy.”
Darling widened his eyes innocently at the man as he pulled Zarya against him. “I have no idea what you’re talking about, Rit. I’m all good.”
“Yeah, but we’re not,” another insanely tall man said. “We just got busted.”
One of the Tavali soldiers draped an arm around his shoulders. “We’re not busted, brother. Only the morons who showed their faces.” He passed a pointed stare to Nykyrian, Darling and Caillen.
Final Verdict: 4.5 stars