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Defying Winter (Thieves’ Guild Origins: LC Book Three)


LC Anderton, raw recruit and thief-in-training, is struggling at the Thieves’ Guild.

Screwing up is second nature for LC and when he gets into trouble yet again, he’s sent off on a minor assignment to get him out of the way.

Only this time he’s got his eye on a different mission, a mission no other field-op in the guild will touch. Because it’s impossible. And to LC, that’s a challenge he can’t resist.

But it’s impossible for a reason, and LC isn’t the only one after it. As the odds stack up against him, he can walk away or go all in… but even he can’t imagine what will be asked of him and the price he’ll have to pay.

Paperback, 292 pages, RRP £9.99
ISBN 978-1914170096
Published by Sixth Element Publishing, April 2021

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“Brilliant, No one messes with CG Hatton! A story that defines LC as a field op, a story that at times had me on the edge of my seat and other times in tears as he beats the odds stacked against him on a chase that takes LC through hell and back. C. G. Hatton knocks it right out of the park again with this brilliantly written story.”
C.K. Roebuck (UK), Amazon · ★★★★★ · April 15, 2021

“‘No one messes with The Thieves Guild’ This is patiently not true… Actually rather a lot of people mess with The Thieves Guild, but usually they don’t know they are doing so. Because that’s the rule, the one hard and fast rule, the one you can never break. No one messes with the Thieves Guild because no one knows they are messing with them. the price of membership is never admitting that membership to anyone outside the guild. You live a lie, multiple lies, when you in deep cover.
In Defying Winter, LC learns the real cost of the price. He also faces an enemy he all his experience in the war zone of Kheris, all his guild training, all his talents and skills, have left him woefully unprepared for. The rich….
Embedded in a boarding school for the galaxy’s richest scions, one that breaches the two super powers of the galaxy , the old earth empire and the corporate super block of Winter. Street kid LC finds something unexpected, beyond his inability to know which fork to use for the fish coarse, he finds something he did not know he was looking for, and in finding it comes up against the price of being a member of The Thieves Guild. To lie and live a lie, as convincingly as he can, because everything depends upon those lies, while caught in that oh so familiar web the young have always blundered into full of innocence and utterly unprepared.
In the end, perhaps predictably but not in a way that detracts for the story, just because some thing are inevitable, events lead to LC having to face up to the price of being Thieves Guild and the price of forgetting that price.
The price of defying winter.
As with the previous two books in this series, and the main thieves guild series, this is fast paced scifi at its best. Written with passion and flair, its a book that hard top put down once you start reading because every chapter hangs you over a cliff, every paragraph, every sentence, every word come to that. It’s hard not to read it in one sitting, unless you start it late at night and don’t intend to see it through to the dawn.”
Mark Hayes (UK), Amazon · ★★★★★ · April 12, 2021