RONE Award FinalistLife 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 overDetermined 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


10 thoughts on “Transgressions

  1. Holly Holly says:

    Have you ever read a book or series that objectively you should not like for several legitimate reasons and yet you find yourself enjoying it anyways, almost despite yourself Because that s how I feel about this series There are several things that are questionable, the main one being the pseudo sex slavery In this world if you are an Apprentice you re basically forced to completely hand over your will and your body to your bond holder , but at the same time you willingly signed the agreem Have you ever read a book or series that objectively you should not like for several legitimate reasons and yet you find yourself enjoying it anyways, almost despite yourself Because that s how I feel about this series There are several things that are questionable, the main one being the pseudo sex slavery In this world if you are an Apprentice you re basically forced to completely hand over your will and your body to your bond holder , but at the same time you willingly signed the agreement for doing this for 3 years and you do get paid during this time so it s kind of a gray area as far as consent goes What makes this weird situation even worse is that the heroine, Lillian, has a bond holder that is MARRIED and yet he takes full advantage of her body on an almost daily basis There s other things that are odd about this book too it s set in a futuristic sci fi world where advanced technology exists and yet at the same time people speak like what you would expect in a historical romance novel lots of formal speech with a lack of contractions and the usage of milord.BUT with all that said there s just something about this that really just has me interested The characters are great, there s corporate political intrigue, there s very small fantasy elements, and there s extensive world building though I admit to completely skipping the intro text to every chapter that are not at all necessary to the book s plot.So would I recommend this series No Yes Maybe I don t know But I do know I am absolutely reading the next book This series oddly works for me


  2. Melanie A. Melanie A. says:

    5 STARSWit and courage have brought us this farBetter than ever After a bit of a meandering plot in book 2, this installment has reaffirmed my utter devotion to this series Transgressions was sharp and on point, keeping me on the edge of my seat one minute and then frustrated or completely satisfied the next.The majority of the story deals with the intrigues of the Serengeti Cartel, all the while solidifying my love for the characters, especially our brilliant heroine, Lilian, 5 STARSWit and courage have brought us this farBetter than ever After a bit of a meandering plot in book 2, this installment has reaffirmed my utter devotion to this series Transgressions was sharp and on point, keeping me on the edge of my seat one minute and then frustrated or completely satisfied the next.The majority of the story deals with the intrigues of the Serengeti Cartel, all the while solidifying my love for the characters, especially our brilliant heroine, Lilian, who endures numerous attempts on her life.Lilian and Lucius emotional relationship continues to grow by TINY increments I m not sure I m at all happy with the hints that are being left throughout the storyThe ultimate bond between apprentice and master is designed to create loyalty that equals to a blood bond It often spans generations It is not to be corrupted by emotional ties that can only be healthy when they exist between equalsBut I love that Lucius is becoming a tad frustrated with the situationLucius knew the pitfalls of this arrangement when he entered into itEven if I m worried about the ultimate outcome of the story, there s nothing in the world that would keep me from finishing it It makes me think, consider and then reconsider I love it


  3. Celestine Celestine says:

    The Ancients before Anarchy said Seek and ye shall find With that statement I was evenimpressed, enad and beguiled by the Twelve Systems Chronicles by E.G Manetti With one throwback phrase found on a marble fragment in an ancient archaeological site, Manetti manifested a theory that solidified all my weird thoughts about how this series is a future world that has its basis in a convoluted combination of Asian warrior mysticism and New Testament tenets, involving discourse and ev The Ancients before Anarchy said Seek and ye shall find With that statement I was evenimpressed, enad and beguiled by the Twelve Systems Chronicles by E.G Manetti With one throwback phrase found on a marble fragment in an ancient archaeological site, Manetti manifested a theory that solidified all my weird thoughts about how this series is a future world that has its basis in a convoluted combination of Asian warrior mysticism and New Testament tenets, involving discourse and eventual discord among disciples who somehow fell into a resultant Dark Ages in a galaxy far, far away The Ancients, the Warriors, the canons, the shrines, the agnostic, the educated all have this familiarity yet this otherness that speaks to traditions bastardized and butchered, yet magnificently adapted for a new millennium in their own unique way I am fascinated by the possibilities of the future and how Manetti will tie in the past in her Twelve Systems Chronicles But to set us firmly in the present at least in the far away world , I have to say that the indoctrination of the Cartel system and the history lessons of the Five Warriors became repetitious in this third installment Particularly in the beginning, I found the literal, word for word re use of phrases and backstory to be laborious To be clear, this is NOT a standalone novel Go back and read the first two That said, this book was a glorious, and at times disturbing, continuation of the saga of Lilian and her indenture to Monsignor Lucius Mercio.Most prevalent in this book is the maneuvering for power and prestige within the Blooded Dagger Cartel It brings to mind the Robber Barons of the Gilded Age, men like John Jacob Astor, Andrew Carnegie, J.P Morgan, Jay Gould and John D Rockefeller, who jockeyed for advantage in trade and industry The same is taking place in the Twelve Systems among the Cartels and Cartouches, where seigneurs use cunning or blades to take down competitors The intrigues are fascinating and complex, and colored by an esoteric Warrior devotion that adds danger and suspense Apprentice Lilian is right in the middle of it all Because she is from a disgraced family, her role is eventenuous and her safety is suspect at all times The ruthlessness is something to behold, and by the time Lilian s second year of indenture rolls around, she is no novice to acting as a blade herself The girl has insight and is entirely willing to manipulate certain ends either for the benefit of her fellow apprentices or for the will of Milord He had sought a prodigy for his stellar exploration consortium Someone capable of assessing risk and rationalizing complexity at a level not required in two centuries He has found something a great dealAs in previous installments of this series, Lilian is nobody s tool Not even, I think, Milord s It is wonderment to me how someone so obedient is able to work her will so frequently In the end, I wonder who will be the master and who the spoils Or if these two will come to another accord Flashes of jealousy and possessiveness come out in Lucius, even though the strictures of the Apprentice Code forbid affection There is a benign cover of civilization in the Cartel so when this book really cuts loose with retribution and correction, the savagery of it is shocking Lucius is ruthlessly willing to do anything to keep Lilian safe Yet their interpersonal connection deepens with meaningful rewards and gifts that skate the edge of blasphemy Revelations from Lilian deepen the regard Lucius feels for her But never love Never affection Such could mean her death These two walk a tight path that could bear little deep scrutiny, plus it is complicated by Lucius s devotion to his sick wife and wayward children To love a seigneur is regarded as repugnant How does a book that has a deeply romantic tenor get past such a societal taboo Throughout this book my belief in the future of Lucius and Lilian ebbed and flowed The end of this book culminates in Cartel upheaval and an awesome display of control and retribution Manetti lets us see and feel and rejoice in every aspect The careful dance of dominance between Lilian and Lucius goes on, illustrated beautifully, metaphorically and erotically by Manetti Book source Purchased.


  4. E.G. Manetti E.G. Manetti says:

    The best yet of the three volumes, this is my favorite although it gets pretty dark for awhile.


  5. Vicki Wilson Vicki Wilson says:

    The author of this series just keeps getting better with each new instalment of The Apprentice that s released For anyone wanting to read this series, I suggest starting with Book One The story is complex and the reader actually needs to get involved from page one or else the plot will be lost Get the bundle These books weave intricate webs that I sometimes needed to reread to grasp properly and even then I m not sure I did or was supposed to undertand everything until possibly the very en The author of this series just keeps getting better with each new instalment of The Apprentice that s released For anyone wanting to read this series, I suggest starting with Book One The story is complex and the reader actually needs to get involved from page one or else the plot will be lost Get the bundle These books weave intricate webs that I sometimes needed to reread to grasp properly and even then I m not sure I did or was supposed to undertand everything until possibly the very end of this series In this book we progress further still as we get to knowabout Lilians father and her relationship with him These books are sexy indeed, but these are those rare books that offer just so muchIts vital to the story to understand the total obedience, exploitation, and control enforced and demanded of our heroine This in itself is what, in my opinion, makes her a powerful woman with whom Lucius can t do without Is there anythinghere than just a master and servant relationship You bet As has been the case from book one, these books are thoroughly thought out and the writing and editing superbly done.I independently read and reviewed this book and series without any outside influence I think this book deserves its five very full bodied stars


  6. Jon Abbott Jon Abbott says:

    5 star series Lilian, the heroine of this series, is a woman of agency she acts to make things happen Solely because of the crimes of her father, she is stripped of all her possessions, her honor and title, and sentenced to a three year trial by ordeal in lieu of death Due to the huge publicity about his crimes think O.J Simpson , her neighbors, her co workers, the woman on the street, all revile her.Lilian has very little control over almost everything in her life She cannot be in a roo 5 star series Lilian, the heroine of this series, is a woman of agency she acts to make things happen Solely because of the crimes of her father, she is stripped of all her possessions, her honor and title, and sentenced to a three year trial by ordeal in lieu of death Due to the huge publicity about his crimes think O.J Simpson , her neighbors, her co workers, the woman on the street, all revile her.Lilian has very little control over almost everything in her life She cannot be in a room with a man without a chaperone, she cannot refuse to tell her master anything he wishes to know, she cannot complain, she cannot ask for instructions, she cannot refuse her master any sort of sexual service Every hour of her time must be accounted for should she be late, she is disciplined.However, in order to survive the ordeals, she must use her brain action , which is quite extraordinary She must find a ways to get her master s will his work or his wishes done without violating the rules action And, when her master s enemies attack her, she must defendant herself with wits, avoidance or a six inch knife action


  7. InD& InD& says:

    4.5 5.0 Transgressions is a fascinating read Ms Manetti s gift with prose creates a compelling world which draws the reader in and holds their attention to the end.Read full review in the 2016 May issue of InD tale Magazine 4.5 5.0 Transgressions is a fascinating read Ms Manetti s gift with prose creates a compelling world which draws the reader in and holds their attention to the end.Read full review in the 2016 May issue of InD tale Magazine


  8. Karinloos Karinloos says:

    Well this series is firmly on my auto buy list.This is the third book in this epic series and starts off with a bang right into the angst as Lucius is in a bad mood and Lillian commits a transgression This book felt like the author resolved a story arc to a certain extent and ends with the Lillian having completed the first 18 months of her servitude There are 2 major projects under way The myrcium and bright star For now after some major intrigues they are moving forward The relationship Well this series is firmly on my auto buy list.This is the third book in this epic series and starts off with a bang right into the angst as Lucius is in a bad mood and Lillian commits a transgression This book felt like the author resolved a story arc to a certain extent and ends with the Lillian having completed the first 18 months of her servitude There are 2 major projects under way The myrcium and bright star For now after some major intrigues they are moving forward The relationship between Lucius and Lillian seems to be moving forward , albeit at a snail pace It is becoming obvious to me that Lucius feelsfor his apprentice than he realizes Comments like you seem to arouse strong emotions in people I find I am not immune and primitive emotions His freak out every time she is injured etc etc His possessiveness, it all smacks off underlying emotions Although their is no doubt that he still very much loves his wife.Chris s place in her life also seems to be dawning on Lillian I wonder where the author is going to take this My speculations and it can go 2 ways 1 Lucuis wife lady Estella has a terminal illness, will her passing open up the chance of a serious as in not master slave, but consort type relationship between Lucius and Lillian.OR2 Will Lillian end up with Chris once she has proved her bond.Personally I am team Lucius


  9. TJ TJ says:

    4.5 5.0Okay now the suspense and intrigue side of this series ratchets up The subjugation of our heroine,while still there, is taking a backseat to all the political intrigue that she is unwittingly caught up in In this installment, we grow to love Lilian s strength and integrity evenas she desperately tries to stay true to her obligations to Lucias while keeping her and her family safe The relationship between her and Lucias is still the same but very subtly the reader sees a connect 4.5 5.0Okay now the suspense and intrigue side of this series ratchets up The subjugation of our heroine,while still there, is taking a backseat to all the political intrigue that she is unwittingly caught up in In this installment, we grow to love Lilian s strength and integrity evenas she desperately tries to stay true to her obligations to Lucias while keeping her and her family safe The relationship between her and Lucias is still the same but very subtly the reader sees a connection and bond that is forming and strengthening That, at least helps counteract just a bit the overall offensiveness of her situation This series is becoming an un put downable ride On to the next


  10. 〰️Beth〰️ 〰️Beth〰️ says:

    Another great addition to this seriesPart three sees many of the intrigues of the first two books resolved but there is still almost a year and a half for our heroine to meet her debt I don t like giving spoilers but I suggest readers start with book one, get in the rhythm of the writing and the just enjoy the ride heading toward the thirteenth system