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Sacred Planet by Austin Rogers | Indie Sci-fi and Fantasy
"An ambitious, ardent launch that sets a stellar precedent for installments to follow." -Kirkus Reviews Humanity teeters on the brink of galactic war. Only one woman can stop it. Only one man can save her. After centuries of expansion into the galaxy and no contact with intelligent, extra-terrestrial life, humanity is split into three superpowers, each dominating one of the spiral arms closest to Earth: Orion, Carina, and Sagittarius. Divided along political, cultural, and religious lines, these galactic mega-states have grown alien to each other over time. Inter-arm relations have eroded. Minor differences have become dangerous disparities. Now a ruthless religious faction threatens to plunge the galaxy into a catastrophic war. Conflict sparks when Sierra Falco, the Carinian prime minister's daughter, is attacked on her space yacht by a powerful and shadowy enemy. As a popular advocate for peace, Sierra's loss destabilizes the fragile balance of the galaxy. But her attackers' plans