Siblings Malvina and Aleks are Jade Falcon's best and brightest MechWarriors. Each achieved high command at a young age, and their bond is strong, but so is their rivalry. While Aleks believes warriors should protect the weak, Malvina is obsessed with dark visions of power and glory. If the leader of a Clan is destined to rule the Inner Sphere, then Malvina's first step toward seizing that role for herself is to conquer The Republic... or utterly destory it.
On Skye, Tara Campbell forces a major invasion with too few Highlanders to beat it back. Some in the Planetary Council want to negotiate with the invaders to spare Skye from the frightful carnage visited on other worlds. Now Tara-The Republics greatest defender-finds herself fighting dissension at home when unity is needed in the face of Skye's greatest crisis ever...
Victor Woodward Milán (1954-2018) was an American writer known for libertarian science fiction and an interest in cybernetics. In 1986 he won the Prometheus Award for Cybernetic Samurai. He has also written several shared universe works for the Forgotten Realms, Star Trek, and Wild Cards universes.
Victor Milán has also written books under the pseudonyms of Richard Austin, Robert Baron and S. L. Hunter. He also wrote novels under the "house name" of James Axler.