Lucien Bandemyr, Crown Prince of the Qorathi Empire, looked forward to adventure, excitement, and glory from his first campaign outside of the Empire's star systems. Instead, he found frustration and betrayal, as an assassination attempt, coupled with an unexpected military catastrophe, put him squarely in the center of a galaxy-wide struggle for power.
With his father near death, his most trusted advisors not above suspicion, and a Republican-minded princess seemingly determined to set his mind awhirl, Lucien sets out to right the military situation, and discover the assassin's identity.
But he is young and inexperienced, and finding these answers could prove more costly than Lucien ever imagined.
Didn't want to this one to be over and hope this is just a glimpse of future work to come from Mr. Kingswood. This novella was full of interesting characters, had a gripping story (plenty of political intrigue), and hinted at a much larger universe. As I said, I didn't want it to end.
I really enjoyed Keith Michaelson's narration. Great voice, clean delivery, and this might sound odd, but his voice holds a sense of 'authority'. Not sure if that makes sense, but that is the best word I can come up with to describe it. I will definitely be checking out more of his work in the future.
I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.