Primary Characters

Three people—strangers on a backwater world, separated by hundreds of miles—will rewrite the future of countless planets and peoples across an empire.

Three individuals—strangers on a backwater world, separated by hundreds of miles—will rewrite the future of countless planets and peoples across an empire.

Cerrin is one of the few survivors of the Vitaari invasion of her home world. For three years, she has been a slave in the depths of Mine Three. Despair is all around her. But she has never given up the fight. Young and fierce, she prays to the god of war every day for her chance to strike.

Sonus never had much faith in the gods. He knows they won’t save his people from the Vitaari. Nothing can. But he’s not without hope. He lives by these four words—stay quiet, stay useful. Then maybe, just maybe, the Vitaari will let you live to see another day.

Vellerik never bothered to count the natives he’s killed over the years. On planet after planet, he’s fought for the glory of the Vitaari empire. And now, after seventy years of mandatory service, his future is almost his own. If only he can escape his past.