Champions of the Empire (The Emperor's Finest #2) by Melissa Cuevas
Series: The Emperor's Finest, Book 2.
Approx. 145,520 words.
Published on August 20, 2012.
While their part in the Drelanii Invasion is over, Arien and Niel's destiny of service to their Empire is not. They must accept what they mean to each other before they can stand together when their Empire needs them the most. The death of the only Emperor that they have known and served under foments a deep schism in the Empire, and they are called to champion its cause once again.