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It is a science fiction/fantasy novel set on some world that isn't earth. I think it is either in the future or an alternate universe. I read it in high school or college so, 10-17 years ago.

There is a female mercenary who is part of a mercenary guild. I feel like I recall she was being pursued by guild members who were trying to hunt her down. I'm not sure if there is any more to the story, but I remember that she was assigned to a mission and that she was able to grown iron nails.

Sound familiar to anyone? I want to read the book but have no idea what the title is or who it is by.

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  • What sort of technology/time period was this story set? Do you have any idea when you read it or when it was published?
    – Jack
    Jan 27 '17 at 1:30
  • It is a science fiction/ fantasy novel set on some world that isn't earth. I think it is either in the future or an alternate universe. I feel like I recall she was being pursued by guild members who were trying to hunt her down. I read it in high school or college so, 10-17 years ago. Wow that's a long time. I don't recognize the namenposted below.
    – Nyxecho
    Jan 27 '17 at 2:24
  • that should help people a bit. It would be a good idea to edit those details into the question so people can see them more easily.
    – Jack
    Jan 27 '17 at 2:42
  • Ray guns? Swords? Space travel? Magic? Jan 27 '17 at 3:59
  • possible duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/67546/…
    – Otis
    Jan 31 '17 at 22:15
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Could you be thinking of Saber and Shadow by S M Stirling and Shirley Meier as per this answer?

Book cover

Then, she'd been able to feed herself things like fish oil so that the growth of her claws wouldn't leech her blood of iron. The witch/healer who had given them to her had explained that it would strain her body just to have steel claws, that she would have to guard against blood-weakness by eating liver and fish oil.

It's part of a larger series as discussed here. I don't remember guilds, but it's possible. It's a warrior / thief combo. One thing you might remember is that there's a scene where they narrowly escape and wind up being doused in molten sugar, resulting in burns and a scene where they help clean each other off.

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  • That sounds so familiar! I'm going to try that one
    – Nyxecho
    Jan 27 '17 at 13:41
  • @Nyxecho: Let me know what you learn.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jan 29 '17 at 19:19
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This could possibly be Molly Millions (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molly_Millions) from William Gibson's stories. She has retractable razors in her fingers. In the book Johnny Mnemonic, she battles with several other mercenaries.

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