By Simon R. Green
Owen Deathstalker grew to become a hero after the good uprising opposed to the tyranny of Lionstone XIV, and now political factions are quarreling over who will substitute the deposed Empress. yet Humanity faces a fair higher threat—an encroaching invasion fleet of alien origin...
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