Desperate to save her world, Empress Zera considers joining Sarc, Lord of Alphxorn. The man subdued her military and now dares to propose marriage. Unless their worlds unify, they face defeat by vicious rag-tag space pirates. But what if this is a ploy? What if Sarc is collaborating with Kudious, the sadistic and brutal pirate leader?
With the heirloom sword of her foremothers, Zera defends her sovereignty. Prophecy states the sword is bound by blood to her true mate. When she draws Sarc’s blood, the weapon cedes confirmation of their union and her defeat. Will she command at Sarc’s side or serve as his slave? What does the desire in Sarc’s gaze promise?
When the pirate lord prepares to attack in full force, Zera must decide. Does she gamble her world’s fate and join with Sarc? Or take her chances fighting pirates alone?
Because if Kudious triumphs, Zera’s freedom–and her world–are lost. But even with the might of both her armies and Sarc’s, will they stop the pirates, or concede the Ruby Throne…