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Humankind has colonized the stars and established itself as a space-faring people. A disillusioned civilization overthrew a monarchy in favor of a democratic government. Now that government lies in shambles, thanks to corrupt and squabbling politicians, a power-hungry president, discontented warlords, and the strange, dark figure lurking in the background. The people want someone special to lead them, and they found him in Dion Starfire, the last member save four of the vaunted Blood Royal and more importantly the last heir to the Starfire dynasty, the royal line that reigned before the overthrow.
Dion, backed by Warlord Derek Sagan and the space-rotation bomb, has made his bid for power and succeeded. However, now a great evil--greater, even, than the Corasians lurking at the galaxy's edge once more--has made his own move to dominate the universe. Abdiel, Lord Abbot of the Order of Dark Lightning, seeks dominion of his own sort, and seeks to strengthen his position by acquiring the space-rotation bomb himself. Dion has the bomb itself, but Abdiel has something else in mind: use the machinery of the Corasians and his own inner power to steal the design specifications from the mind of its designer, Warlord Sagan!
Abdiel succeeds in capturing and imprisoning the Warlord, but Sagan is not without his own champions. Dion is one of them, but he has his own problems to deal with, specifically, holding together a shaky alliance of rebelling warlords while proving himself as the rightful heir to the blood-stained throne. However, there is also the Starlady, Lady Maigrey Moriann, the last of the Guardians, Sagan's former subordinate, and his former lover. She leads a motley and mixed crew of mercenaries, poisoners, assassins, and a priest to a distant galaxy to save the man she loves, even if it means her death.
Margaret Weis continues the science fiction work she began in The Lost King and King's Test, the first two volumes in the Star of the Guardians sequence. So much for the "hidden king" and "Lazarus" plots; now it's time for "star-crossed lovers" to take center stage (you'll see what I mean). If you enjoyed the first two books, you'll definitely love this one. Bring this chapter in Dion's story to an end in King's Sacrifice. You won't be disappointed.
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