Book 5 of Shadow Gods Saga
After the fall of Lemos, the devastating scheme by Sargon and the Paleans to wrest Pizgor’s five systems that would enable them to merge, collapses.
Tanard, the renegade Fleet officer who conducted raids against Pizgor shipping, is captured by First Scout Terrllss-rr and endures two years of captivity. On his way to a prison planet, a Palean splinter faction executes a plan that allows him to escape, enabling him to rejoin the struggle for the merger.
But He is a hunted man and the organization he served now rejects him as a security risk. Having failed with Pizgor, Sargon turns its attention on Kaleen’s systems. Uneasy with Sargon’s rush to consummate the merger, the Palean splinter faction recruits Tanard to disrupt the merger. Supported by the Serrll Scout Fleet, Terr and his Wanderer brother Dharaklin must locate the faction’s base and stop the raids before the Wanderers rise up and unleash Death in retaliation at attacks on their worlds—something that could destroy the Serrll Combine itself.
During a routine debrief, Terr meets Teena and his life is suddenly thrown into emotional turmoil. He thought himself complete, but she filled a part of him that had been empty and he now faces a delicious terror at the prospect of love. However, he walks through the worst that life has to offer and Teena is not strong enough to follow.
When she discovers that he wields the hand of Death and has used his power to interrogate raiders, she is outraged at this abuse. To regain her love, he is forced to show her who he is and what it means to stand in Death’s shadow.
Tanard’s base is found and destroyed, and he is compelled to flee. Betrayed by his first officer, he evades an attempt on his life. Disillusioned, tired of death, stained by the blood on his hands, he seek anonymity in the Serrll deeps.