From the #1 New York Times bestselling series The League® is the science fiction YA trilogy spin-off, Nemesis Dynasty™.
Every Life Has A Price™
Life on Andaria isn’t easy for anyone. A warrior-clan society, they have some of the highest tech in the Nine Worlds. They also have the highest mortality rate. Not from disease or war, but from their number one sport: Ring fighting. So-called the Splatterdome due to its vicious brutality, it is the one place where Andarion youth can attain fame and earn their adulthood. And it’s broken into two distinct leagues: Vested and Open. Leagues that are as rigid and segregated as their society. For nothing is more valued in Andarion culture than bloodlines and heritage. Family, honor and blood are protected above all things. They define everything about their people.
Vested is reserved for those who can prove their unbroken lineage, and who belong to the honorable and recognized clans. Open is for everyone else– those born of other races, and those considered the dregs and riff-raff who are unfit to fight against a true, noble Andarion.
Yet even though Talyn Batur is forced into the Open league, he isn’t some nameless cur. He’s born of two of the strongest, most well-respected clans ever to grace Andarion soil. And had his father not been disowned before he married Talyn’s pregnant mother, Talyn would have been second only to their prince in terms of respectability and privilege, and not the piece of unwanted garbage they treat him as.
The last thing anyone wants to be in Andarion society is to be labeled illegitimate. Such children are considered a lower caste than even a slave. The only thing worse than such a nameless child, is being born to an Outcast father. Talyn was born to both and instead of being part of the in-crowd, he’s a pariah to his peers who fear to even speak to him lest they share his tainted status. And since his father was branded a traitor, he feels responsible for his mother, and her fall from grace.
With all roads closed to him, Talyn conceives a bold, dangerous plan. He will defy the system that seeks to keep him and his mother down and he will use the one talent they can’t take from him. For his father did leave him with one gift.
He is a mighty War Hauk. The elite of the warrior clans, the Hauks have raised generations of famed Ring fighters. Before Talyn was born, his father was the Ring Leader of the Vested league. Undefeated and acclaimed.
And Talyn has inherited his father’s incomparable skills. Now his plan is to parlay his Ring abilities and be the first fighter in Andarion history to cross from Open to Vested and he intends to debunk societal rules and rewrite the very laws that seek to keep him down.
No one tells a Hauk how to live.
He will win or he will die trying. No one and nothing will get in his way.
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