EARTH HAS CHANGED. The old world order collapsed following the meteor impacts of 2031 when fire rained down from the skies, instantly vaporizing millions. Billions more died during the Long Winter and resource wars that followed.

Over one hundred years have passed since those devastating events and new societies have formed around the globe. In North America, the fragile peace that exists among the continent’s independent nations and city-states is under threat. The ambitious Grand Guardian of the People’s Republic of America is mobilizing his massive war machine in order to make real his dream of reunifying a former great power.

But on the eve of the offensive, a leading scientist dies under mysterious circumstances, though not before he entrusts another with the key to unlocking a secret. A secret so powerful, it could not only unravel the Grand Guardian’s designs, but also doom, or save, all of humanity.

THEY THOUGHT THE LAST NAVIGATOR WAS DEAD. They thought the Apollo Stone was lost to the vastness of space. But they were wrong. A Navigator has arisen in the unlikeliest of places. And the Apollo Stone has reemerged, if only to vanish once again during the chaos of battle fought both on Earth’s surface and high in her orbit.

Time has passed and the boiling cauldron of war has cooled, but this false peace cannot endure. For, although dark forces both on Earth and among the stars have been thrown back to their strongholds, defeat has only hardened their resolve. On Earth, the Grand Guardian and his dedicated masses still look with envious eyes upon the untainted, fertile lands of the Free Cities west of the Mississippi River. On the planet Sahir, the Queen of the Sahiradin and her legions of warriors still seek to impose their rule over the shattered remains of an empire that once spanned the galaxy.

And at the heart of these struggles, binding them together like the threads of a spider’s web lies the Apollo Stone, the last of thirteen. All sides search for it, whether out of fear or desire, knowing that its strange powers can shift the fortunes of war and determine the fate of us all.

THEY THOUGHT THE LAST NAVIGATOR WAS DEAD. They thought the Apollo Stone was lost to the vastness of space. But they were wrong. A Navigator has arisen in the unlikeliest of places. And the Apollo Stone has reemerged, if only to vanish once again during the chaos of battle fought both on Earth’s surface and high in her orbit.

Time has passed and the boiling cauldron of war has cooled, but this false peace cannot endure. For, although dark forces both on Earth and among the stars have been thrown back to their strongholds, defeat has only hardened their resolve. On Earth, the Grand Guardian and his dedicated masses still look with envious eyes upon the untainted, fertile lands of the Free Cities west of the Mississippi River. On the planet Sahir, the Queen of the Sahiradin and her legions of warriors still seek to impose their rule over the shattered remains of an empire that once spanned the galaxy.

And at the heart of these struggles, binding them together like the threads of a spider’s web lies the Apollo Stone, the last of thirteen. All sides search for it, whether out of fear or desire, knowing that its strange powers can shift the fortunes of war and determine the fate of us all.

THE ALLIANCE IS FRACTURING. Following a stunning Sahiradin victory at the Battle of Halduan, Lycian commitment to carrying on the struggle is waning. Chancellor Penawah is besieged by threats of defection and her appeal to a once stalwart ally fails to soften stubborn hearts. On Earth an irresolute United Earth Council debates whether to prepare for war or chart a course of non-belligerence even as Sahiradin warships prowl the Terran System.

As vulnerable as Earth and the Lycians are, the Sahiradin cannot press their advantage for they too have suffered a grievous defeat, though not at the hands of their enemies. Queen Pashira has perished without giving birth to a fertile female. Now Khadiem, Pashira’s daughter spawned by artificial means, demands to be recognized as the new Queen of the Sahiradin, but the council of warriors refuses to perform the Ascension Ceremony and install her as their ruler.

While each side in the ancient conflict contends with internal strife, the Apollo Stone comes under the power of someone new, someone whose unbounded ambition for conquest and domination could alter the balance of power more profoundly than any Lycian or Sahiradin victory ever could. But who is the master and who is the servant?

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