'An entertaining shoot-'em-up, replete with epic starship battles, court intrigue and Machiavellian betrayals'
Non-stop action, space battles and intrigue abound in the second in a galactic-scale, gender-swapped space opera trilogy inspired by the life of Alexander The Great.
The Republic of Chaonia fleets under the joint command of Princess Sun and her formidable mother, Queen-Marshal Eirene, have defeated and driven out an invading fleet of the Phene Empire, although not without heavy losses. But the Empire remains strong and undeterred. While Chaonia scrambles to rebuild its military, the Empire's rulers are determined to squash Chaonia once and for all by any means necessary.
On the eve of Eirene's bold attack on the rich and populous Karnos System, an unexpected tragedy strikes the republic. Sun must take charge or lose the throne. Will Sun be content with the pragmatic path laid out by her mother for Chaonia's future? Or will she forge her own legend despite all the forces arrayed against her?
'A maelstrom of palace intrigue, interstellar back-stabbing, devious plots, treachery, blistering action, ferocious confrontations – and a heroine for the ages ... Enthralling, edge-of-your-seat stuff hurtling along at warp speed. Grab!' Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW.
'Elliott launches a space opera trilogy with this impeccable coming-of-age adventure ... Rich with history, tongue-in-cheek humor, cultural references, and vibrant characters, this highly entertaining series launch will have readers clamoring for more' Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW.
'A sweeping saga of a fierce and indomitable conqueror and her companions, this is breathtaking and mindblowingly good' Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award-winning author of The Tea Master and the Detective.
'Non-stop action! Space battles! Intrigue! This is the kind of space opera that I love best – but Elliott does it even better' Ann Leckie, Clarke, Nebula & Hugo Award-winning author of Ancillary Justice