The war is over but our problems have only just begun.
The Sarcodinay were humanity’s benevolent masters, galactic guardians who saved us from apocalypse and claimed us as their long-lost children—and like any stern parent, they expected their children to behave.
A century of violence and conflict followed as humanity tried to overthrow its rulers, but when the Sarcodinay suddenly and without warning announce their surrender, the rebellion is left scrambling for a way to deal with an outcome no one could have predicted: victory.
Brash, unorthodox, and brilliant, Lieutenant Mallory MacLain has always been tolerated because of her successes against the enemy, but now faces an uncertain future with a government that no longer has a place for rebels. When Mallory witnesses the assassination of an important Sarcodinay official, she finds herself chasing a murderer that no one seems to want her to stop, and uncovering a truth about the war that could jeopardize the lives of thousands of people…including her own.
The Solar Independence War is over. Retired war hero Mallory McLain is looking forward to a successful career exploring hyperspace and the scientific mysteries of the universe, but when a cult of personality rises up in the nascent League, peace begins to seem like a short-lived dream. With her research stolen and her most trusted friends turned against her, Mallory is forced to make a devil’s bargain to protect the human race from a black flagged admiral who demands his own worship as a god.
Unfortunately, he may also be one.