The Confederation of HomeWorlds is gobbling up free planets. Its next target is Belfrey. Those involved include Caitaliné Talavera of Troop Morgan, whose heart gets pinched between blood oath and blood pact, and Alexis DeWinter, the Confederation's best general, whose invasion seems a success. The only way to defeat DeWinter is to recruit the self-involved elves of neighboring Somerset. More
The Great Exodus that swept humanity across the galaxy is over. The tide turned, and retreat followed. Its high-water mark was the Talon Cluster, a trinary star system far out on the rim. Isolated, the three Talons and their populated worlds struggle to regain technology and build ties with each other. Led by the Harriers, who rediscover the hyperspace “chunnels,” and the technology obsessed elves of Somerset, progress is slowly made. But danger grows. The Confederation of HomeWorlds is gobbling up independent planets. Its next target is Belfrey, where the Tiara rules a fractious tribe. Those pulled into the crisis include: Caitaliné Talavera of Troop Morgan, a three-time Harrier combat champion whose heart is pinched between blood oath and blood contract. Alexis Carissa DeWinter, the Confederation’s best general, whose invasion of Belfrey seems a resounding success. And Maggie Herndon, the ship captain whose shipboard activities conceal her role as the Harrier's top intelligence agent. DeWinter’s invasion, backed by the Tiara’s domestic foes, brings these three warriors and their companions to Belfrey. The only way to defeat her is to recruit the elves of Somerset, despite their longstanding neutrality. And so the fate of Belfrey, and every independent planet in the Talons, will be decided by unlikely Pacts of Desperation.