Outcaste by Penelope Irving
Approx. 22,710 words.
Published on September 1, 2012.
Jay a member of the elite Swordbearer Caste, sworn to serve the Taysan Empire – except that it is all a lie. The son of a blacksmith, Jay used lies, looks and audacity to escape his birth caste. Now, a dangerous woman is about to learn the truth – and even his charm might not be enough to save him. Outcaste is the first book in the Spaceforce space opera novella series.