Born into an island culture existing in perpetual sunlight, Edmon wants nothing more than to live a peaceful life among his mother’s people. But from an early age, his powerful father, from the planet’s Nightside, forces him into a brutal existence of competition and racial purity in which the nobles kill for political position, and strength is celebrated above all. From gene tampering and extraordinary weapons to gladiator training broadcast to distract the planet’s neglected underclass, as events unfolded I was on the edge of my seat, wondering just how much Edmon could endure before breaking apart into the violent warrior that his father wanted as an heir.
Edmon’s personal journey is at the center of this novel. But what Edmon and I came to realize is that it’s not just about him. The actions of one person can inspire many, whether that person is meant to be a leader or not. And when that happens, do you don the helmet and accept the responsibility, even if it drives you to become the very thing you’ve been trying to escape?
- Adrienne Procaccini, Editor