Soldier’s Duty is the third volume in the Return of the Aghyrians series, a series of four interconnected standalone novels.
Izramith Ezmi is many things: a member of the feared, all-female Hedron guards, a war veteran recently returned from a pointless and bloody mission, and impatient, angry and above all, lonely. With her contract about to run out, she may be on her way to becoming a ruthless mercenary, since what she really wants–becoming a mother–is out of the question. Her family carries a gene that causes deeply malicious madness. Her nephew was born with it and her useless sister has left him in the care of an institute. A baby. Two days old.
She wants to ask her uncle, himself born with the condition, if he can do anything for the boy. But her uncle and his band of mad outcasts have gone missing, rumoured to be on the world of Ceren.
So Izramith takes another hired-gun contract in Barresh which is a city-state on Ceren. The job is to provide security at a high-profile wedding. Simple and straight-forward, right? No crawling in mud, no shoot-outs, no mangled bodies and blood-drenched soil. And meanwhile, she can try to find her uncle.
Except he isn’t there, and the job isn’t simple. Izramith and her team discover evidence of an extensive spying ring that threatens the entire city.
Postponing the wedding would be an admission of defeat, so it’s time for desperate measures. Izramith leads a small team in what has to go down as the most hare-brained mission to ever be undertaken in the universe. Much is at stake: peace, the lives of her uncle and her nephew, and her own.
Izramith Ezmi is unhappy, aimless and scarred from experiences at war in faraway Indrahui, where she didn’t choose to go. She definitely didn’t choose to get involved with a dirty battle that left many dead, including civilians.
She wants a job that takes away from the memories and away from her dysfunctional family, the reason she signed up in the first place.
But a contract to protect a wedding party in Barresh is not quite what she thinks it is. Barresh is a deeply political place, and the place her protegees take in it is contested by many. Upheaval is inevitable. Worse, she does the one thing a mercenary should never do: she becomes personally involved with the family, their aims and their political struggles.
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