The ship of legends...
The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. Poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?
One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?
In this unsatisfying SF adventure, Cavanaugh (CassaStorm) introduces readers to a universe on the brink of war, with the alien races of the Alliance split over the disposal of a planet that harbors much-needed resources. When the Hyrathians refuse to back down, the other races take action, leading to open conflict. The ambitious Hyrathian Lt. Commander Aden Pendar is dispatched to find the Dragon, an experimental vessel of tremendous power that went missing decades ago. If he succeeds, he gains a captaincy and everything he's always wanted. But he has to find it before the Alliance does, and then convince the Dragon's captain a renegade scientist to come home at last. The premise is full of potential, and the storytelling is solid, with plenty of space-based military action, but the worldbuilding is weak and vague, and the pacing is inconsistent. Though entertaining, this story lacks spirit.