Esmay Suiza, now reassigned to command track, is set for a tour on RSS's training planet. There she meets Lord Thornbuckle's daughter Brun, whose father is now the Chair of Council after the former king's abdication. Brun wants to take classes at the training facility; she has the vague idea of joining the military herself. Though Esmay and Brun might seem meant to be friends, Esmay's insecurities and Brun's insouciance clash – with dire results for both young women. Brun, headstrong and spoiled, takes off on her own and is captured by religious extremists; Esmay is blamed for Brun's fate and her career seemed headed for the cellar. But neither is a quitter, and in the end they both survive – scarred but wiser.
Elizabeth Moon is an American fantasy and science fiction author. She was born born 1945. She grew up on the Texas-Mexico border. She has degrees in history and biology, and she programmed computers while in the Marine Corps.
She began writing stories in childhood, but didn't make a fiction sale until she was forty. She has several books in print, including The Speed of Dark. She and her husband live in Central Texas; their son, in his early twenties, is autistic.
She loves the outdoors, rides horses, sings in a choir, and would rather do anything than clean house.
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Photo: Elizabeth Moon at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow, August 2005. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Photographer: Szymon Sokół.