Great plot, tons of character development, and powerful action scenes. Great book by a new author. Would buy a sequel. – Amazon Reviewer
In a universe of magic and science the Eternal Empire of Raifor has enjoyed four hundred years of peace following a period of bloodshed known as the Cataclysm. Now, after the throne of the rightful Empress was usurped by her heir, war has returned to the galaxy. There are those who will play a role in the coming conflict. The soldier forced into a position of responsibility that he cannot handle alone. The ambitious Duchess who reaches for power far beyond her limits, in spite of all who stand in her way. An infamous pirate forced into the very responsibility she has been avoiding. And the heiress whose only wish is to escape the responsibility of inheritance. Ancient secrets are awoken, and those who possess them hold the keys to power in a war which will test the limits of the greatest Empire the galaxy has ever known.