The war is on…
Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella: an organization that has declared war on the League. They rule the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrify it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.
Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.
But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better skilled than any she’s faced before, in Born of Fury from #1 Bestselling Author Sherrilyn Kenyon.Read an Excerpt
“I wouldn’t do that, if I were you.
Darice curled his lip at Thia before he went out of his way to kick her crate. “I’m not carrying this off the ship. You can carry your own clothes, human.
Hauk cuffed him on the back of his head. “She’s your princess, tarsen. Respect her as such.
“I’m not carrying her clothes. He kicked the crate again.
This time, the crate growled and hissed in response.
Darice jumped back three feet. “What is that?
Thia passed an amused smirk to Hauk and Chayden. “Not my clothes. With a grand harumph, she threw the switch on the crate and opened it.
A huge black cat leapt out, ready to attack as it skimmed them for a target. Darice squealed and jumped up on the seat behind Hauk.
Chayden tsked. “Damn, bud. Your nephew just callously threw you to the pissed off lorina.
Hauk glanced at Darice over his shoulder. “I noticed that. Clicking his tongue, he called the huge predator over to him. “Hey, Illyse. He patted the huge cat on her head and allowed her to lick his chin, then stepped aside and pointed to Darice. “Eat my nephew!
Darice glared at him as the cat moved to lick Hauk’s fingers and nuzzle his hand, instead of attacking. “You’re not funny. Why is that thing here anyway?
Thia sighed heavily. “Because my father’s overprotective and lacks any semblance of a sense of humor. It was either bring his cat or half his army. I personally told him I wanted the army, so long as they were young, cute, male and virile . . . which is why the cat was sent.
Chayden draped his arm over Hauk’s shoulders. “Brother, I don’t envy you the next six weeks.
“Brother, I don’t envy me the next six minutes.
Chayden laughed. “You sure you want me to leave you alone with them?
“Don’t tempt me. Hauk went to grab his survival pack and gear. When he picked up Thia’s too, Darice hissed. He glared at his nephew.
“How is this an Endurance test when she doesn’t even carry her own pack? Huh?
Hauk leveled a cool stare at Darice. “Trust me, son. This is definitely a test of my endurance.
Chayden and Thia burst out laughing while Darice stormed off the shuttle, cursing them all under his breath.
When Hauk started for the climbing gear, Thia rushed in front of him to grab it. “I’m not really helpless, Uncle Hauk. I’m only going along with this to watch the smoke come out of Darice’s ears. She slung the gear over her shoulder then called for Illyse to follow her off the shuttle.
Hauk met Chayden’s amused look and whimpered. “Please don’t leave me here.
Chayden grinned without sympathy. “You’ll have communications for three more days. After that . . .
“We’re on our own for the next month, he finished for him.
“If you have to eat one of the young to survive, I would suggest Darice. He’ll give you more indigestion going down, but the ensuing torture that comes afterward will be a lot less painful.
“Again, don’t tempt me. Hauk took a deep breath for mental strength. “You know, I would rather walk naked into League headquarters and tell Kyr that I was one of the raiders on his prison than do this.
Chayden sucked his breath in between his teeth. “That says it all.
“Yes, it does . . . See you in six weeks.
“Walk with peace, drey.
Hauk shook his arm before he disembarked on his voyage to hell. And as bad as it was, the moment he stepped onto the stark, barren landscape, it worsened as old memories assailed him.
In the back of his mind, he could see himself as a boy, filled with excitement, jumping onto the surface of this very spot. Then, it’d been his father’s best friend who had dropped them off. He’d run ahead to start exploring while the sound of Keris’s laughter had filled his ears.
Don’t get lost on day one, Dancer!
Yeah, yeah! You’re getting old, Kerry. Otherwise you could keep up with me!
I’ll show you who’s old . . .
Dropping his pack, Keris had effortlessly closed the distance and tackled him to the ground. They’d wrestled playfully until his much older and better trained brother had pinned him then tickled him until he’d pissed his pants.
A sad smile curved his lips as tears choked him. He’d give anything if he could go back and forego his test. Go back and exchange his life for Keris’s. He should have died that day. Not his war-hero brother who could do no wrong where their parents were concerned.
Since the hour of his birth, Hauk had been nothing but a disappointment to them.
Why did I live?
Honestly, he shouldn’t have and he still couldn’t remember anything about those three weeks other than the intensity of that feral instinct not to die.
Now the best he could do was safeguard his brother’s child. No matter what, even Darice’s attitude and mouth, he’d keep him safe. And the same for Thia. But for Nykyrian, he’d have died a dozen times over. Nyk had believed in him when no one else had. And he had seen Hauk through the grief of losing both Fain and Keris from his life.
As soon as Chayden was gone and the sounds of the engines had faded, he heard Thia and Darice fighting again. Looking up at the sky, he let out an aggravated sigh. He’d keep them safe from others, but before this was over, he might kill one of them himself.
Hauk checked his calendar and growled before he tossed it aside. Cruel effing bastard thing. It’d only been a week since Chayden had abandoned him here.
It was the longest week of his life.
He winced at Darice’s high-pitched shout. He’d sent them out after breakfast to wash and dress for the day and look for something they could use for lunch. What had Thia done now? Dunked his head again?
I swear, if the two of them don’t stop trying to murder each other. . . .
Now they were calling him in unison, only it wasn’t the same tone they used when they were fighting. This one was more . . .
He ducked out of his tent to find them running toward camp like they were being chased by something other than Illyse who was hard on their heels.
His heartbeat quickened. Hand on his blaster, he ran at them as fast as he could to cover their flight.
Thia was the first to reach him. She grabbed his arm to tug him in the direction they’d just run from while Illyse circled all three of them protectively. “Come quick! We found someone.
He pulled her to a stop and kept her at his side until he had more information. “Who?
“A woman. She’s hurt. Bad.
Still, he hesitated. This northernmost part of Oksana hadn’t been inhabited in well over three hundred years. Not since The League had punished the citizens of this world for a revolt and had bombed their entire civilization back to a Stone Age. What little part of it that held a human population was under a dome on the other side of the planet. Three continents and two huge oceans away.
No one should be here.
“Is she in uniform?
“No, Thia said breathlessly. “She’s unconscious. Just over that rise. Barely breathing.
“It looks like a Tourah got her and tried to eat her. It’s really gross, but totally awesome.
He ignored Darice’s commentary. “Is she human or Andarion? Both species had colonies set up here on separate continents in the south.
They both shrugged.
Thia tugged at his arm. “She has black hair and is really tall, so she could be either. But does it matter? She’s hurt and needs help.
“All right. Both of you take Illyse back to camp and wait for me.
“No buts, Hauk said sharply, cutting off Thia’s protest. “Get the blaster your father gave you and wait for me in my tent. If I don’t come back, you two are to return to our meeting spot and wait until your com comes back and you can signal Chayden for retrieval, understood?
Still, she hesitated.
“C’mon, Thee. Darice pulled her toward the camp. “He’ll never let us go with him. You know that.
Reluctantly, she grabbed Illyse’s collar and followed after Darice.
Taking inventory of his weapons and their charge levels, Hauk waited until they were halfway to his tent. If this was a trap, he didn’t want the kids anywhere near it.
Extremely wary, he made his way toward the rise Thia had mentioned. A rise that would make a great spot for a sniper to set up. . . .