Gunrunner empress Hail Bristol must navigate alien politics and deadly plots to prevent an interspecies war, in this second novel in the Farian War space opera trilogy.
In a surprise attack that killed many of her dearest subjects, Hail Bristol, empress of Indrana, has been captured by the Shen -- the most ruthless and fearsome aliens humanity has ever encountered. As she plots her escape, the centuries-long war between her captors and the Farians, their mortal enemies and Indrana's oldest allies, finally comes to a head.
When her captors reveal a shocking vision of the future, Hail must make the unexpectedly difficult decision she's been avoiding: whether to back the Shen or the Farians.
Staying neutral is no longer an option. Will Hail fight? Or will she fall?
For more from K. B. Wagers, check out:
The Farian WarThere Before the ChaosDown Among the Dead
The Indranan WarBehind the ThroneAfter the CrownBeyond the Empire
Wagers's rough and raucous gunrunner empress Hail Bristol returns in the exhilarating second installment of the Farian War series. The massive blast that ended There Before the Chaos killed almost everyone Hail loved and left her in the hands of mysterious enemy aliens called the Shen. The Shen need Hail's help to stop powerful beings posing as gods and try to sway her to their side by showing her visions of a devastating future. Hail doesn't know what to believe or who to back in the ongoing war. The only thing she knows for sure is that eventually she'll have to fight her way out. Though Hail's mental health is failing, her hard-edged toughness persists. Wagers viscerally portrays both Hail's violent rages and her loving protectiveness over her surviving loved ones as she teeters on the edge of losing her mind. This excellent, electric space opera will delight Wagers's fans and appeal to lovers of political speculative fiction.