Transgressions: The Apprentice, Volume 3 The Twelve Systems Chronicles EG Manetti Science Fiction Romance Buniac Entertainment, LLC January 15, 2016 492
Life within the Serengeti Cartel is perilous, riddled with malice and intrigue that can threaten the mightiest of warriors. For Lilian – brilliant, despised and one misstep away from execution for her father’s crimes – all that stands between her and destruction is the powerful warrior Lucius Mercio. In return for his protection, Lilian became Lucius' apprentice, yielding control of her body, will, and intellect. The desperate gamble has paid off. In defiance of all expectation, Lilian has survived nearly a third of her trial by ordeal, but it is far from over.
Determined to raise Serengeti to the pinnacle of power in the Twelve Systems, Lucius has ruthlessly exploited Lilian’s brilliance to achieve his ambitions. Within seasons, he will lead Serengeti to new heights with the launch of Bright Star, the first stellar exploration venture in over two centuries. With each new success, Lucius’ rivals multiply while a traitor stalks the halls of Serengeti, determined to thwart Lucius by any means. As the viciousness of her enemies escalates, Lilian is forced to confront the past and choose between betraying her oath of loyalty to Lucius and protecting the deadly secrets of her father's dark acts.
Reviewed by Melissa Brus Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
This is a continuation of the series The Twelve Systems Chronicles. These books should definitely be read in order. I read this book in one sitting! Almost 500 pages !!!!!
The world that Manetti has created has so many interesting nuances. The Asian overtones of the culture that Lillian lives in, combined with the political intrigues and individual personalities of the characters. These all blend together to form a rather beautiful and disturbing storyline.
In this third book, Manetti took all the pieces of the first two books and brought a lot of those plot lines to a satisfying ending What is even more incredible is that you know Lillian is only about halfway through her ordeal. She has slowly won some friends and allies even though it is obviously dangerous to be that for her.
My absolute favorite part of this series is the strength of Lillian. She is not to be underestimated. I, for one, cannot wait to see what happens next.