This one is a little confusing since before the book before this we assume that Fain's former fiancee is a complete bitch. We find out in Talyn's book the truth about her. It's hard to not hate Fain for what he left behind - not just that she was pregnant but the way his son had to live because of who his father was.
We find out in this book how hard a time Fain has really had since breaking his engagement off. Every story has two sides, but that's hard to remember if you only get one side's story. It would be easier for Galene and Taylan to hate Fain if he'd had a easy life since he'd left, but that's not the point here. There were a lot of people really hoping that Fain wouldn’t end up with his former fiancee. That was mostly before Born of Defiance. After that, I’m not really sure I (not sure about anyone else) would have been happy with Fain if he’d ended up with anyone else.
The end of this book also makes Jullien into a sympathetic character, but we don't see him in this book, so I'm still not sure about him really being a sympathetic character (Note: The next book focuses on Jullien.)