Pacts of Desperation
by Thomas Gunning
The Confederation of Allied Worlds gobbles up free planets. Its next target is green Belfrey. Those involved include Caitaliné Talavera of Troop Morghan, whose heart gets pinched between blood oath and blood contract, and Alexis DeWinter, the Confederation's best general, whose invasion seems a success. The only way to defeat DeWinter is to recruit the high-tech "elves" of neighboring Somerset.