Fuck mercy and screw deceit.
Born of Ice
The League, book three
ebook, 352 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
original title: Paradise City
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.
Alix Garran is a woman on the run from a past she can't escape. Signing on to work for Devyn as a System's 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.
After Alix's father is put to death for his smuggling crimes, she's left to do whatever it takes to save her mother and sister from a life of imprisonment and rape. Being a slave herself, she's left with very few options on how to go about it. And so, her mission is simple, work aboard the Talia as an engineer just long enough to find the evidence necessary to bring its captain, Devyn Kell, to justice. The man behind her chains? The Chief Minister of Justice, Merjack.
Devyn finds himself shaken when Alix arrives at his ship. She reminds him of Clotilde, a woman he long ago killed. Much like his father, a surgeon turned shipper, Dev is a military doctor turned Runner, and also like his sire, the man's lust instantly zeroes in on Alix's femininity despite the likeness to the dead woman's memory that haunts him.
Ah, Syn, I love you, but your son sucks. Nykyrian's kids, on the other hand... Adron, Taryn, and especially daughter Zarina, they do a daddy proud. BTW, Nykyrian is now Emperor. Ooh la la.
Shahara. That woman has taken her kick ass self and maternal instincts to a whole new level. "Kill her, baby! Don't let that bitch hurt you!" Ohmydamn, hilarious. "Good night, baby. Sleep in peace... after you kill that bitch." What has Syn done to her.
There are too many similarities to count between Syn and Devyn's story but I can honestly admit I'm glad it was told. Although, book three? No... Too early for that. Too many of the second generation were present. Some of which haven't even had their parents' stories told yet. Paden's arrival, though, was the true shocker.
3 out of 5 stars.
Previously in the series: