Natasha Kotchetkova leads a small delegation to Ranh to sign a peace treaty between Ranh and Earth. Ranh is a planet that was seeded with Cretaceous life from Earth and has evolved a technologically advanced race of raptors, many of whom feel the place for mammals is the larder. On arrival, she is stalled and finds the major civilization is in a state of internal turmoil, not helped by a Cardinal having heard the word of God directs him to remove mammals from the Planet of Creation (Earth). While a treaty with other advanced civilizations previously forbade any intervention on Earth, that treaty has expired. The delegation assumed they would have allies in the Kuyrills, but they are in disarray, while Seppet Methrell of the Military Curia, perhaps the most dangerous female on Ranh, has put Kuyrill Kazyn on the run. Kazyn’s only ally was Baht, unacknowledged, the lowest of the low, who was forbidden to hurt a fly or stand up for herself, yet she must do what no other unacknowledged has ever done or there will be interplanetary war.
While the fifth in a series, it is intended as stand-alone as long as it is recognised the characters have history. A tale of plotting, conspiracy, religious fervour, murder, treachery, honour, diplomacy, and tail-ball. Discounted to 99c/99p from Sept 19-26
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