Confederated Star Systems #1
by C.F. Bentley
A spiritual journey, with a literary twist, in a space opera landscape.
Harmony, a new utopia for space-faring humans. Or is it a thinly disguised tyranny locked into a rigid caste system, slavery by another name?
Either way, xenophobic Harmony holds the secret to Badger Metal, a unique ceramic metal alloy that protects people from the radiation and hard vacuum of space.
Sissy grew up Worker Caste on the planet Harmony, her only hope for survival is to remain unnoticed, hiding her full array of seven caste marks. A devastating quake appears to be a major temper tantrum by the goddess Harmony. Sissy sings the planet, and her goddess back to benign quiet. This one act throws her into the role of High Priestess. Then she discovers she is the only one who can prevent her world from falling out of harmony into chaos.
Jake has reinvented himself from wild pilot, to spy for the Confederated Star Systems, to Sissy’s bodyguard while he hunts for the precious formula for Badger Metal. Can he find it and protect Sissy from outraged priests who fear change more than death, before civil war, and invasion, bury them all?
Originally published by DAW (2008)
“A standout.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Exciting and filled with action.” —Science Fiction Weekly
“A well done start to this series…There are twists and turns along the way that set the stage for what should be an interesting opening in the next visit to Harmony.” —Darque Reviews
“The writing in Harmony is good, the story is well-paced…It may even attract some readers who don’t normally read science fiction.” —Bookspot Central
“Harmony delves into the deep questions of life, and really is a fictional spiritual quest… you will feel the tug at your soul as the questions you have always known were there are brought to the forefront of your mind.” —Grasping for the wind
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