By Carl Slaughter: Amy Murphy was a 2016 finalist for the Dragon Award in the military science fiction category. The third novel in her Enemies and Allies trilogy, Exiles, came out in March 2017. The box set, plus the box set exclusive Lexicon, came out in April 2017. Catch up with Amy at Dragon Con in September 2017 in Atlanta.
ALLIES AND ENEMIES
Sela Tyron, a simple soldier, born to serve the Regime with unwavering loyalty, finds her world upended when her worshiped captain and member of the elite, Jonvenlish Veradis, is arrested for treason. Her impulsive decision sees them both hunted by their former allies. Things go from bad to worse with the seemingly miraculous return of Veradis’s sister, Erelah, from the dead and the arrival of a new and dangerous enemy in ruthless pursuit of the dark secret she holds.
Purpose-bred soldier of the Regime, Commander Sela Tyron is as subtle as a hammer. To hammers, any problem can look like a nail, but the solutions aren’t always that easy. Abandoned on a planet of hostiles, for Sela, things are only starting to get complicated. After a daring rescue by her captain, Jon Veradin, Sela sacrifices everything to save him from charges of treason and execution. Hunted, their new careers as fugitives complicate further with the arrival of Jon’s sister, Erelah. Once brilliant, now seemingly driven mad, she warns of a monster who will stop at nothing to reclaim her.
READ AN EXCERPT FROM FALLEN
For renegade soldier Sela Tyron and her former captain, Jon Veradin, the Reaches were a chance at a fresh start and freedom from the Regime. But what should be easy is never easy. In this savage, hardscrabble region, ruled by the ruthless Guilds, the pair quickly find themselves in the crosshairs of scheming gangsters and their muscle-bound henchmen. Meanwhile, Jon’s sister Erelah Veradin was supposed to be dead. That was her plan, anyway, when she sought to destroy the relentless Tristic. Miraculously alive, she’s now a captive of Zenti pirates led by the enigmatic Asher Korbynâ€”a man with his own secret agenda. Unsure of whom to trust, Erelah must face a new host of dangers on her quest to reunite with her brother as an even greater threat looms on the horizon and an old, familiar evil gathers strength in the darkness.
Ironvale. Splitdawn. Poisoncry. Three bloodthirsty guilds that control the decaying corner of space known as the Reaches. Their precarious balance of power exists at a tipping point. One nudge and chaos reigns. Renegade soldier, Sela Tyron, is willing to supply that nudge to help her partner, Jon Veradin, rescue his nuisance sister, Erelah. Even if it means trusting the traitorous Asher Corsair. Or turning herself into an assassin.
AMY J. MURPHY’S STORY
“The Allies and Enemies Trilogy represents about 15 years of dedicated indecision and lack of self-confidence. Science fiction was my first love with all its glory of plastic weapons, poorly constructed sets and formulaic magic plot “reset” buttons. Where TV and movies could only supply me with an occasional fix of geekdom, I started to mainline books and Marvel comics. These inspired me to write my own stories that no one was allowed to read. Like ever. Until now.
“This story started with the character of Sela Tyron (a name I love and the heroine I wish I could be, BTW) as the driving force. I wanted to tell her story and, without her realizing it, have her fall in love. Allies and Enemies introduces you, gentle reader, to a world that’s been kicking around in my head for more than a decade. It is only through the magical graces of eBook self-publishing, that will be able to experience this story (and hopefully the ones to follow).”
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