The third book in the League series, originally published in 1999, rewritten and re-issued in December 2009. Which is the book I have, and have read.
In the Ichidian Universe, the League and its ruthless assassins continue to keep rule. But at what cost? Welcome back to the future … and a whole new world.
He is an outlaw, who offers no quarter.
Devyn Kell spent his life in service to the League until he learned of the double dealing and backstabbing that was costing innocent people their lives. Refusing to play those politics, he became a Runner – someone who makes sure planets get the weapons, medicine and supplies they need to survive. May the gods have mercy on any who get in his way, because he definitely won’t.
She is on the run from her past that could end her life.
Alix Garran is a woman from a past she can’t escape. Singing on to work for Devyn as a Systems Engineer, she finds a cause she can fight for – and a man she can respect. But as Alix’s past catches up to her, and Devyn’s old enemies turn lethal, they have to fight together … or fall alone.
Alix, her mother and her sister are slaves, owned by her father. When he is caught smuggling by the League, he is tried and executed. His ship and other possessions, including the three of them, are taken to pay for the cost of it all. But just before they are sold on the block, Alix is given a choice. She will have to get the evidence that Devyn Kell is smuggling, so he can be arrested and tried. It is the only way to keep her mother and sister from getting raped and sold to a brothel, so she agrees. Alix was her father’s mechanic, his gunner, and his crew whore. The only ones she has ever loved are her mother and her sister, and she would do anything to save them.
She manages to get hired as the new ship’s mechanic, and is prepared to get the evidence needed. Only everything is locked against her, and the ship’s tech-bot is keeping a very sharp eye on her. So is the captain, Devyn Kell, himself. She is the spitting image of his former fiancée, whom he had to kill to safe himself. Just a few days before their marriage, she accepted a contract on him. The betrayal broke his heart, and her knife damaged it severely. So why is he attracted to Alix?
For the first time in her life, Alix is treated as a human being, as an equal. She doesn’t really know how to react to that, as she is used to being nothing more than a possession to her father, and even less to his crew. Another first is that she desires Devyn, who is one gorgeous male. But when she learns who his parents and friends and their parents are, she is very afraid for her life. How can she betray him and live? His father is C.I. Syn, and his mother is Shaharah Dangan.
When Devyn learns of her betrayal, he is furious, but he can also understand why she agreed to it. Family is everything. So he decides to help her, and free her family. He will use the trap himself to finally put an end to the feud with the Merjack family. What he doesn’t know, is that his half brother is also part of the plot against him …
A fast reading book, this third in the series. I liked it. This time not a tormented hero, though he does still feel guilty about having to kill his assassin-fiancée. Devyn grew up in a rich and loving home, with great friends and their parents. The bantering and interaction with his friends is great and of course extremely sarcastic. But loving all the same.
Alyx has nothing, her father has treated her like dirt all her life. She taught herself what she needed to know for the job, reading and writing and even languages. And now caught between two fires, she doesn’t know what to do anymore. She has to safe her family, but how can she betray the man she has come to love, and his friends?
This book has more and more elaborate love scenes than the previous ones. But there is still a lot of action, and great secondary characters. Old friends and new ones.