It's been two thousand years since Addison Elizabeth Linden-Emery ate her last hotdog, since Marco Emery wrote his last book, since Einav Ben-Ari, the Golden Lioness, had led the forces that saved the Earth. Two thousand years since the Earth was lost and humans had been forced to scrounge for survival with nowhere to call home, reviled and scorned by alien races, exterminated as pests by most species.
Descendants of the famous families, David Emery and Emet Ben-Ari had acquired a small fleet of spacecraft, mostly freighters, which they armed. They established the 'Heirs of Earth' to protect humans across the Milky Way galaxy. Their oath 'Wherever a human is in danger the Heirs of Earth will be there' became their battle cry as their small fleet crossed space seeking humans in trouble and rescuing them. They sought to save humanity while searching for their homeworld, Earth, lost for hundreds of years. Their only memories of their home came from the Earthstone, a crystal data store of all Earth's history and culture, literature and art. A difference in their goals and methods drove a rift between the founders, Ben-Ari and Emery, and eventually split them apart. David and Sarai Emery, with their two young daughters, Jade and Rowan, left the Heirs to make their own way, taking the Earthstone with them. They had not been seen or heard from for nearly 15 years.
Emet Ben-Ari and his daughter, Leona, held the Inheritors together, rescuing humans wherever they could with the help of fellow Inheritors. Emet's son Bay had left the Heirs of Earth after the death of his girlfriend, killed by Scorpions. He blamed his father for her death and spent his time drinking, gambling and wasting his life. Rowan Emery found herself abandoned and hiding in the airducts of space station "Paradise Lost", kept company by a tiny dragonfly shaped AI and the Earthstone she wore on a chain around her neck.
These are the characters that gathered a fleet, found allies around the galaxy and joined the Concord to battle against the Scorpions and their Heirarchy alliance. The galaxy witnessed the 'pests' destroy the Scorpions and their allies and win the war, but with terrible costs.
Leona Ben-Ari led two hundred Inheritors to Earth, finally found after two millennia, and started a colony on ground once called Ontario. Naming the colony Port Addison, the skirmishes with the species currently occupying Earth began immediately. They called the giant snake-like enemy Basilisks, because they couldn't pronounce ' Ssstchkssshs'. The Earth now had cities of millions of Basilisks, each one loved the juicy flesh of humans.
Emet Ben-Ari brought his fleet of a thousand vessels filled with twenty-five thousand refugees back to Earth. Port Addison suddenly had thousands of new colonists who were immediately set to defend the walls of their colony from the most recent and largest assault by the Basilisks. Meanwhile, thousands of huge Basilisk battleships surrounded the Earth in a tight cordon blockading the planet. The war for Earth had begun.
These characters form the basis for the Children of Earthrise series, a remarkable new series by Daniel Arensen. The characters are vibrant and colorful, brought to life by this master storyteller. The action is bloody and dark, raising chills with heart-pounding ship-to-ship battles, hand-to-claw skirmishes, blasters vs. bullets combat, some of the most intense action readable (or hearable). This book cost me many hours of sleep as I just had to keep reading! Now I can't wait for book five!
This space opera is a jewel of it's genre. This is one great read! Try it, you'll like it!