Back on Rehnor, Dov has moved Ailana and her young son to his duchy in Kildoo, after the destruction of yet another palace. As no one else is sitting the throne, Dov has declared himself the new king, despite his lack of an army, lack of funds, and lack of subjects.
Ailana has contracted a disease and has requested to see her son Amyr before she dies. Sir Bennet is now tasked with locating the elusive young man and dragging him back to Rehnor kicking and screaming.
In the meantime, in Karupatani, King Rekah frets about his own lack of funds to provide for the many immigrants returning to his shores. If only they had something to sell, something upon which they might build an economy. To that end, he visits Pellen, the most successful businessman in the land, whereupon they embark upon an adventure across the sea.
It's a mission that hits close to home when teens from the local area end up missing only to later reappear dead.
Together, they need to figure out how to use their new abilities while at the same time navigating their personal lives and somehow learning how to get along.
When the Cosmic Shaper Helel grows tired of failing to complete his simulation after hundreds of thousands of attempts, he decides the only way to succeed past the end state caused by the Death Horde is to cheat. By twisting reality and introducing unique and powerful avatars (and forcing the premature evolution of humanity), Helel introduces chaos into the simulation, risking a true Armageddon in an attempt to prepare humanity for the coming alien invasion.
As the Lightbringer's Sigil is triggered, all living creatures of Earth gain a third helix in their DNA, allowing them to evolve into something more. But this evolution comes with its own set of risks.
Now Beldar’s putting the band back together. Why? To head back up Mount Misery to end the Kingdom’s Hireling system for good.
Of course that would upend the whole socio-economic balance of the Kingdom and usher in a time of peace and plenty for all. The powers-that-be can’t have that, and they’ll do everything in they can to thwart Beldar and his band of Hirelings.
In the meantime, Sandy’s life is in even worse shape. The S/S Asteroid is being decommissioned, while Sandy is forced into an involuntary layoff. Responding to an advertisement to fly for Yber, the former starship captain sets her sights on being an entrepreneur. If only she didn’t have that little drinking problem, that dependency on her flask, not to mention that odd disease she picked up somewhere near the Intergalactic Divide; that deadly and virulent strain of the Intergalactic Avian Flu.
"The pacing is perfection."
In Episode Two . . . Xana Jace keeps her head down, which isn't easy when you stand seven feet eight inches tall. She works the night shift and stays out of trouble, striving only to be reunited with her son.
But she's running out of time. The strange disease that compels her body to grow also threatens to choke her heart.When a masked gangster terrorizes the small community that shelters her, Xana is left with a terrible choice and just twenty-four hours to discover the truth that everything she believes is a lie.
A war is coming. A warrior is born. Vengeance is the only burial gift he can bestow.
When Angli cattle thieves slaughter his wife and son, Dwras son of Gwyn vows revenge upon their murderers. But how can a mere farmer prevail against ruthless, trained warriors? For the answer Dwras must look not to his sword, but within his heart.