FOUR CULTURES—TWO HUMAN, ONE ALIEN, AND ONE CAUGHT IN STASIS BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. AND ONE QUESTION:
What price survival?
Ayrys, a glassblower and outcast.
Jehane, a skilled female warrior.
Dahar, with a deeply inquisitive mind.
Grax, an alien with profound doubts.
These four and hundreds of others are thrown together in an experiment to determine the fate of humanity, both on Earth and in her galactic colonies. For the Ged, the stakes are nothing less than the outcome of a war. For the humans, ignorant of the larger situation, the rewards for participating are incredible riches. But no one except the alien Ged understand the criteria for being chosen.
As the experiment spirals out of control, it threatens to destroy everything, including the experimenters. Only a small handful of humans come to recognize the true nature of what is on offer in the mysterious city the aliens have built, seemingly from nothing.
When that knowledge comes, there is no agreement about if, how, or when to use it. Some will betray others. Some will sacrifice. Some will die.
And some must succeed, no matter what the price.
Epic in scope, peopled by characters from every strata of profoundly different societies, An Alien Light is an unflinching look at the strengths and weaknesses of the genetic, evolutionary, and historical inheritance that all of us share.
It is the mid-twenty-fourth century. After colonizing a significant portion of the Orion Arm, humanity encounters an advanced Alien civilization, which—unwilling to make contact—starts a total war. There is more at stake here than just the conquest of territory. It’s a matter of survival for the human race.
On one of the hurriedly evacuated planets, Captain Darski wages his own private war to save as many people as possible. The colony in the Ulietta system hides a much bigger secret, though—one that could possibly alter the course of the war.
Book Two in The Fields of Long-Forgotten Battles series.