By Alan Burt Akers
The area Kregen circles the dual suns of Antares, a ways far-off from the skies of Earth. but Kregen is the floor on which the Earthman Dray Prescot needs to stand and struggle for all he holds expensive. For Prescot is the unwilling conflict arm of the mysterious famous person Lords who contend for that planet with the robust Savanti. but Prescot's pursuits are his personal, for he has inherited the remnant of a shattered empire and needs to struggle to carry wish and freedom to all its peoples. via his facet stands his princess, Delia of the Blue Mountains, and a band of stalwart partners of many races and species. yet arrayed opposed to him are flying armadas, armed hordes, the wizardry of an excellent scientist, and, such a lot stunning of all, the fury and metal claws of his personal daughter, Dayra!
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After that first week on the ring, saved from embarrassment a dozen times by the AI's promptings, she dreamed of the old words whispered into her ear by a ghost, as if the minder had grown suddenly ancient and vastly wise. The library was certainly bigger than she had imagined. Who had written all these words? They seemed to stretch infinitely, swirling in elaborate dances around any possible idea, covering all of its variations, touching upon every imaginable objection. Rathere and the AI had started reading late at night.
Isaah made the trade in a dark, empty arena, the site of lethal duels between native women, all of whom were clearly insane. He shuffled his feet while they inspected his contraband, aware that only thin zero-g shoes protected his feet from the bloodstained floor of the ring. Four amazons, their bare breasts absurdly warped by cone-shaped metal cages, swung the weapons through graceful arcs, checking their balance and heft. Another sprayed the blades with a fine mist of nanos that would turn inferior materials to dust.
A Life for Kregen (Dray Prescot, Book 19; Jikaida Cycle, Book 1) by Alan Burt Akers