Nightingale (The Twelve Systems Chronicles #6)
~ Where duty and passion collide~ With only a season and half left to her bond, Lilian's enemies are becoming desperate, and those who would see her fail seek any infraction, no matter how minor, to deny her bond proof. Haunted by the memory of the Serengeti fallen and her actions in eradicating the Despoilers, Lilian struggles to retain her discipline for the final five months of her apprenticeship. With her actions in the battle of Serengeti proving her valor and loyalty beyond doubt, only the honor proof remains – adherence to the rigid and complex Apprentice Protocol. Although few within Serengeti will challenge her bond proof, throughout the Twelve Systems, those who wagered against her are facing penury and will stop at nothing to keep her from surviving. With Damocles and Despoilers defeated, Lucius' power with Serengeti and the Third System is uncontested. Determined to advance his ambitions, Lucius lays plans for a triumphant launch of his revolutionary stellar exploration vehicle, the Nightingale. As he prepares to depart for Fortuna, a new threat appears in the form of a charismatic prelate who rouses the populace against Bright Star and Lilian’s role the venture. The prelate will prove but the first among many determined to thwart him through any means, including his notorious apprentice. When thousands gather on Fortuna for the historical launch of the Nightingale into orbit, Lilian finds herself treading a blade’s edge as she attempts to adhere to the Apprentice Protocol among adversaries who are increasingly desperate and bold. Planned as a celebration of Serengeti achievement, the Fortuna voyage becomes a nightmare where she is faced with deadly opponents intent on her destruction.

Nightingale (The Twelve Systems Chronicles #6) Details

TitleNightingale (The Twelve Systems Chronicles #6)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherBuniac Entertainment, LLC
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GenreScience Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction Romance, Fantasy

Nightingale (The Twelve Systems Chronicles #6) Review

  • Celestine
    January 1, 1970
    "Lilian and Milord Take a Vacation" No, that isn't really the subtitle of this sexth [sic] entry into the Twelve Systems Chronicles, but it could be....sorta. This installment picks up very shortly after book five, which featured the tense, thrilling, fantastically scripted Battle of Serengeti. The Battle - and its aftermath - have left apprentice Lilian weary and strained and overworked. This is nothing new for the stalwart ex-warrior diminished by her faithless father's actions and the myriad "Lilian and Milord Take a Vacation" No, that isn't really the subtitle of this sexth [sic] entry into the Twelve Systems Chronicles, but it could be....sorta. This installment picks up very shortly after book five, which featured the tense, thrilling, fantastically scripted Battle of Serengeti. The Battle - and its aftermath - have left apprentice Lilian weary and strained and overworked. This is nothing new for the stalwart ex-warrior diminished by her faithless father's actions and the myriad of opponents seeking her humiliation or death. But here we see Lucius Mercio have a care for his apprentice, knowing that she must be sufficiently recovered and prepared - physically and mentally - for her bond proof, which is due in less than six months time. As dangerous as her three-year apprenticeship has been, the final months will prove an almost eclipsing challenge. So, in typical "Master" fashion, he maneuvers a respite for Lilian as they journey to the distant planet Fortuna for the launch of the SEV 1 into orbit in preparation for its final construction before leaving to explore the unfathomable nothingness that promises to become a Thirteenth System. His prescription is for Lilian to eat, sleep and have sex, not necessarily in that order. As an aside, my favorite romance books delve heavily into action-adventure, so I love it when the main characters get to take a breather and explore each other. I adore those soft passages that break the tension of high suspense. Huge sections of this book explored those "soft passages," where care and affection - in complete privacy - deepened the connection between Lilian and Lucius. Both need to take care that their regard stays hidden according to cartel strictures. Honestly, I reveled in this time for Lucius and Lilian, because ever in the back of my head is worry for Lilian and what the end of her bond proof will mean to their relationship.That is not to say that intrigue and danger are dead and gone. Nope, not by a long shot. It just wasn't as consuming, and I was happy for the valley in the sea of tension. Lilian's consortium - her cast of supporters - continue to fascinate and grow. Their stories evolve, too, so be sure to read the previous novels. Manetti does an excellent job of resettling a familiar reader in the Twelve Systems universe without undue repetition. I continue to be fascinated by the foreshadowing. There are so many possibilities flitting around in my head that I absolutely cannot wait to see where the story goes. I am also LOVING the hints of stories for the future that might possibly involve the generation that we see as youths. It is fascinating to see their personalities as teens and where their tendencies will take them. The care with which the Twelve Systems Chronicles are plotted is a little scary to me. You know, the brain behind that complex maneuvering. Manetti is every bit as intimidating in that regard as Monsignor Lucius. If you adore a finely crafted fantasy filled with honorable characters, shady decisions, rich culture and surprisingly clever sci-fi elements based on invention, I suggest you get right to reading this series. Every book is crafted with care and detail, and my expectations (and satisfaction) rise with each installment.
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  • E.G. Manetti
    January 1, 1970
    An early passage:“Whore of anarchy’? Impalement?” Milord scrolls through the queue. “Entrails devoured by crevasse-crawlers? Who sent these?”“I know not, milord. They are anonymous. Do I find aught of a credible threat, I will turn it over to Mr. Stefan.”“Credible?” He sets aside the slate to capture her wrist. “How many have you received? How many were credible?”“For the past year, there have been naught but two or three each sevenday.” Lilian searches milord’s expression and finds more concern An early passage:“Whore of anarchy’? Impalement?” Milord scrolls through the queue. “Entrails devoured by crevasse-crawlers? Who sent these?”“I know not, milord. They are anonymous. Do I find aught of a credible threat, I will turn it over to Mr. Stefan.”“Credible?” He sets aside the slate to capture her wrist. “How many have you received? How many were credible?”“For the past year, there have been naught but two or three each sevenday.” Lilian searches milord’s expression and finds more concern than anger. “None were credible. Since the battle, they have increased, and several were alarming.”“Despoilers?” Milord tugs her into his lap. “You feared they came from Despoilers?”“I dared not risk it,” she says, curling into him. “Most are naught but the hostile works of dark souls with no will or ability to act. But I have not had time to update the filters to seek evidence of Despoilers, so I have reviewed them all. As it happens, some appear to be from Newtonites.”His arms tighten. “Whore of anarchy. I thought it familiar. What is this of filters?”“When I entered the cartel, I lacked the bells to review them, but I could not ignore them. I developed filters to identify those with threats specific enough to be credible.”“Specific how?” “Sinead’s Keeper added shrine guards to Maman’s escort after one. I transferred Katleen’s race training from the Garden Center to the River Quarter after another.”Milord strokes her back. “At least now you can refer them to Mr. Stefan. But you should not review them at all. It is no wonder you cannot sleep.” “I plan to update the filters on Seventh Day. I will add parameters for Newtonites as well as Despoilers. Even if the threat is not credible, Seigneur Trevelyan may wish to trace them to the source.”“Turn your filters over to Trevelyan and have one of his operatives update them. They can update the filters on the governors’ alerts at the same time. I doubt the Newtonites will be aught but a bad jest in another two sevendays, but any hint of a Despoiler must be investigated.”Raising her face to his, she nods. “As milord wills.”His lips are tantalizingly close, a mere fingertip from hers. His hand slides from her back to her hip and lower. His mouth descends and teases along hers in a gentle kiss. Lilian’s eyes drift closed as her hands encircle milord’s neck. The delicate caress becomes insistent, his tongue dancing at the seam. She parts her lips, inviting him in, senses swimming under the sensual onslaught. Milord turns Lilian in his lap, freeing one large hand to roam her from thigh to breast, warming her flesh and firing her blood.
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  • Laz the Sailor
    January 1, 1970
    This is a strong 4+ book. This is a transition book between the huge battle in book #5 and the (hopeful) completion of Lilian's bond proof in the next one. Over the first 5 books, so many different threads have been started and left hanging, or even if apparently resolved, they are resurrected here. This takes away from the focus and intensity of some of the earlier books. However, it is clear that we all needed a break from the harrowing events of the recent past.So Lilian gets to rest a bit, a This is a strong 4+ book. This is a transition book between the huge battle in book #5 and the (hopeful) completion of Lilian's bond proof in the next one. Over the first 5 books, so many different threads have been started and left hanging, or even if apparently resolved, they are resurrected here. This takes away from the focus and intensity of some of the earlier books. However, it is clear that we all needed a break from the harrowing events of the recent past.So Lilian gets to rest a bit, and many people are re-introduced. Pieces are moved around the chessboard, agreements are strengthened and dissolved, dreams and nightmares bring back past memories and hint at future possibilities. Romances flourish, in support of (or despite) politics.EG sets a high bar, and I fully expect that the next book will be thrilling.This book ends on a chapter break, but this has been clearly announced, so it doesn't count as a cliff-hanger. The next book is out in a few weeks.
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  • Karinloos
    January 1, 1970
    I was kindly given an Arc by the author. This book was just 10000000% awesome. This whole series is one of the best epic tales on the market today. If you havent started it yet you are missing out. Full review to come (once officially released so as not to give any spoilers)
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  • Babydoclaz
    January 1, 1970
    Goodness me! I was lulled into a false sense of 'calm' during much of the book. With lovely fruition of commerce decisions and private and public celebrations of such, there was a sense of almost peace, while waiting for the other shoe to drop. I greatly enjoyed excellent descriptions of Lilian's outfits, where I vicariously was both elegant and tall (that identifying with the protagonist thing). And yup, the other shoe drops. Let's just say it's a good thing Master Chin is a rocking good healer Goodness me! I was lulled into a false sense of 'calm' during much of the book. With lovely fruition of commerce decisions and private and public celebrations of such, there was a sense of almost peace, while waiting for the other shoe to drop. I greatly enjoyed excellent descriptions of Lilian's outfits, where I vicariously was both elegant and tall (that identifying with the protagonist thing). And yup, the other shoe drops. Let's just say it's a good thing Master Chin is a rocking good healer. And then you turn some more pages for more drama....and the book ends. Really?!?! I know the next one is due soon, but really?!? I'd just gone for more coffee to enjoy with book and really?!?Need the next book. Immediately, if not sooner. Or there will definitely be stricture violations. 'Nuff said.
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  • TJ
    January 1, 1970
    While I know both Lillian and the reader needed a bit of a break after the wild ride in the last installment of this amazing series, I got a bit bored in this one. There really isn’t a story arc that one can follow, it is more the day to day workings of the characters we love and the constant demands of Lucius towards his bond servant, Lillian... Even though it is obvious the points in the plot will be important down the road.In some ways this book felt a lot like the first book in the series. L While I know both Lillian and the reader needed a bit of a break after the wild ride in the last installment of this amazing series, I got a bit bored in this one. There really isn’t a story arc that one can follow, it is more the day to day workings of the characters we love and the constant demands of Lucius towards his bond servant, Lillian... Even though it is obvious the points in the plot will be important down the road.In some ways this book felt a lot like the first book in the series. Lucius doesn’t allow his feelings to come through in anyway so we are left just seeing him demand both Lillian’s intellect and her body every single day whenever he chooses and however he chooses. Although at this point the reader knows Lillian has fallen in love with him, she is still nothing but a slave to his desires and demands so it makes it very hard to enjoy at times.Because of this, I cannot WAIT for her to fulfill her bond obligation and be on her own and under her own terms... bring on the next installment!!
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  • Simone Seel
    January 1, 1970
    Nice, but why did I receive Volume 7.......when i bought Volume 6. Following the story for a year now. Really enjoyable though sometimes the prose gets klunky. But the storyline and world building is fantastic. And I really really want to read the story in the right order. Now i know how its end (no self restraint what... so... ever) but i miss a big part of the road.
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