Two men, two empires. Jaibriol ruled the Eubian Concord: over two trillion people across more than a thousand worlds and habitats. Kelric ruled the Skolian Imperialate. War had come before – ten years ago, Jaibriol had lost his parents in the final battle of the Radiance War between the Concord and the Imperialate – and it might come again, devastating vast swathes of the galaxy.
Neither Jaibriol nor Kelric wanted war, but neither was complete master of his realm. And each hid a secret that, if revealed, might be his downfall. Jaibriol was a secret psion, with telepathic abilities, and to be a psion in the Eubian Concord was to be a contemptible slave, eventually to be tortured for the pleasure of the slave's owner.
Kelric, years ago, had disappeared for nearly two decades. He had been a prisoner and slave on the planet Coban, part of neither empire, until he had managed to escape. And if the Skolian Imperialate knew of his captivity, there would be demands for vengeance, ravaging Coban – and killing the wife and children Kelric had left behind when he escaped.
Neither man knew how much longer he could keep his secret – nor how much longer they could hold back the threat of a war that could incinerate hundreds of inhabited worlds.
Catherine Asaro is a scientist (Ph.D. from Harvard), a jazz and ballet dancer and a writer of science fiction and fantasy. The author of twenty-five novels, she is acclaimed for her Ruby Dynasty series, which combines adventure, science, romance and fast-paced action. Her novel The Quantum Rose won the Nebula Award, as did her novella ”The Spacetime Pool.“ She is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine and a three time recipient of the RT BOOKClub Award for “Best Science Fiction Novel,” and she has won numerous other distinctions.
Catherine also has two music CD’s out. The first, Diamond Star, is the soundtrack for her novel of the same name, performed with the rock band, Point Valid, and the second is Goodbye Note. She performs at clubs, cons and other venues in the US and abroad, including as the Guest of Honor at Context, the New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention.