When the space yacht carrying Zoë Arete, Peter Minyas, their baby son, cousin Leo and Zoë's old mentor suddenly goes into spiralling malfunction and vanishes into a jump, the fragile... More > galactic balance is threatened.
Beleaguered at home and abroad by his refusal to declare a new heir, Platon Arete cannot reveal that his only source of hope is an old enemy, who is himself endangered by the changed political situation.
How could it all go so wrong, and what does another major galactic power have to do with it? Is the Delian mercenary, Sita Chandragupta, all that she appears? What role is the power bloc of Thebes playing?
In the midst of fear, grief and uncertainty, the answers may have to come from some very unlikely places.< Less
When the Delians are invited by the beautiful, rich, important and famously neutral planet of Eirene for a state visit, it is a major diplomatic coup. All seems to be going well - until royal... More > visitors Zoë Arete and Peter Minyas find the body, and the invading army finds them. As the Delian survivors flee across the sands and the mountains and try to rally the few Eirenians ready to resist, wider war looms and the galaxy holds its breath. While Zoë and Peter have to face the painful legacy of old wars, a journalist, a young officer and a doctor find themselves at the centre of the new one. But is all as it appears to be, and who will prove to be true? In the end, everyone will have to face the questions: just how much does peace cost, and who will have to pay?< Less
The Delians are the ones who stand for honour and doing the right thing – everyone knows that – so when sister planet Chios accuses the Delians of stealing energy resources, the galaxy is... More > rocked. The Delians are rocked too, and desperate, because all the evidence they can find seems to prove the Chians right. As war breaks out, Zoë Arete is plucked from her studies to be sent out into the field for the first time to find the answers that will save Delos before it is left in ruins. She was chosen for her heritage and training, but the mission will take all her courage and strength. She will have to face more than she could possibly have imagined as her search leads her to a desolate moon and an enemy planet. How much will be lost before she discovers the cruel truth?< Less