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Emilio Diate—the greatest dancer the Kingdom has ever produced—has vowed vengeance on that government for its merciless execution of his entire family. Now forced to start over on the merchant island of Golga, where his dancing is forbidden, the handsome refugee joins the secret police with only one dark intention—to find his family’s killers and serve his own brand of justice.

But when love intercedes, Diate may become the victim of his own revenge.  He falls for Sheba, not knowing who she is.  As the conflicts between Golga and the Kingdom escalate, everyone Diate loves is in danger.  A treacherous scheme may end his one true chance at happiness—and destroy Diate’s world.

“An entertaining mix of intrigue, assassination, troubled loyalties and political rivalries.”
—Science Fiction Chronicle

“Intelligent, complex…an enjoyable fantasy that presents sociological commentary in the manner of a Le Guin SF novel.”

“Rusch has style.”
—Charles de Lint

Bestseller Kristine Kathryn Rusch has won or been nominated for every major award in the science fiction field.  She has won Hugos for editing The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and for her short fiction.  She has also won the Asimov’s SF Magazine Readers Choice Award five times, as well as the SF Age Readers Choice Award, the Locus Award, and the John W. Campbell Award.  Alien Influences, first published in England, was a finalist for the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award. I09 said her Retrieval Artist series featured one of the top ten science fiction detectives ever written.  She also writes mystery, romance, and fantasy novels, occasionally using the pen names Kristine Grayson and Kris Nelscott.

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