One Shirukan, an elite soldier of the Shirat Empire, came to Earth for Raea's Starfire shard and failed.
Aware of the possibility of another attack, Raea trains to use the shard's power to protect it while preparing to graduate from high school. But she discovers that the Keeper training her has betrayed her trust and must decide where her heart belongs. She never imagined that distance from him would mean a universe apart.
After the Shirukan attack, she wakes up on the Inari homeworld among those whose loyalties she questions. To return home, she must reach the Crystal Keeper known as Saffir. First, she must elude the thousands of Shirukan between her and freedom.
Melanie Nilles (aka M. A. Nilles) grew up on a western North Dakota cattle ranch and farm. Along with her interest in horses, she always had a fascination with science fiction and fantasy. After high school, she graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She currently resides in central North Dakota with her family, which includes her husband and kids, and three cats. Her published works include the Starfire Angels series and the Legend of the White Dragon epic. Tiger Born is her first book as M. A. Nilles. Besides writing, she also trains and shows her horse in dressage.