His Conquering Sword
When Conquerors clash
On the planet Rhui, the Jaran tribes, under the leadership of Ilya
Bakhtiian have ranged far in their campaign to subjugate all who will
not willingly yield to their rule. Yet even as they prepare to besiege
the royal city of Karkand, many another battle is being waged on a far
more personal – and perhaps a more important – scale. For Ilya is
married to Tess Soerensen, a woman born not on Rhui but on Earth, and a
woman, too, who is the only heir to Charles Soerensen, leader of the
failed rebellion against the alien Chapalii Empire and now a duke of
that same Empire.
And Charles has come to Rhui for two reasons: to reclaim his sister, and to decipher long hidden and invaluable data about the Mushai, the legendary Chapalii who once led his own rebellion against the Empire.
But Tess has no desire to become anyone's puppet, and unless the three can make their own private peace and agree upon a common strategy for conquest, what hope do they have of overthrowing an Empire that was thriving before humans learned to walk erect?
Kate Elliott has been writing stories since she was nine years old, which has led her to believe that writing, like breathing, keeps her alive. As a child in rural Oregon, she made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction.
Her most recent novel is Unconquerable Sun, gender swapped Alexander the Great in space. She is also known for her Crown of Stars epic fantasy series, the Afro-Celtic post-Roman alt-history fantasy (with lawyer dinosaurs) Cold Magic and sequels, the science fiction Novels of the Jaran and YA fantasy Court of Fives, and the epic fantasy Crossroads trilogy with giant justice eagles.
Jaran consists of four works. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.