In a small corner of the Universe, a brutal and unrelenting war rages on, drawing every world and civilization from the neighboring systems into the conflict. The foundations for the war had been laid almost two hundred years ago when the Ketaari, a barely space-faring species, approached the most accomplished civilization of its time for assistance. The Budheya had been the most advanced race in their quadrant of space; a spiritual and philosophical people renowned for their willingness to aid any who asked for assistance.

The Budheya agreed to assist the Ketaari people. The details of events after this are murky at best although the consequences could not be more glaring. A hundred years later, the Ketaari  declared the Budheya home planet of Budheyasta as the jewel in the crown of their newly formed Budh-Ketaari Empire. The once technologically backward Ketaari had overpowered the Budheya, forcing the best Budheya minds to work for the benefit of the Ketaari Empire under threat of annihilating the Budheya people. A bewildered Budheya populace suddenly found themselves second class citizens on their own planet and cut off from the outside world. The Ketaari Imperial Forces spent an additional fifty years consolidating their colonization of Budheyasta and their control of Budheya assets and technology. Then, bolstered by access to advanced Budheya technology and a large well-equipped army, they embarked on a campaign to swallow up planets and worlds in a greedy grab for territory and domination of space.

At first, they were met with sporadic resistance from worlds caught off guard by their aggression. Eventually a new alliance of planets and peoples came into being with the singular objective of resisting the spread of the Budh-Ketaari Empire. This alliance, formed to resist Ketaari aggression, was called the Kampuchan Alliance – named after the world on which the original charter was signed by the first four signatories. By now, this war between the Kampuchan Alliance and the Budh-Ketaari Empire has been raging on for twenty years, causing untold havoc and destruction to everyone and everything in its vicinity. This distant corner of the galaxy burns in the flames of a violent war, with no discernible end in sight.

The War Chronicles tell the stories of the space-faring people caught up in this conflict as they attempt to build their lives amidst the flames of an all-encompassing and never-ending war; fighting to protect their homes from being annexed and their way of life from being destroyed and subjugated by the Budh-Ketaari Empire.

 

The War Chronicles

Books SET in this Universe

Author’s Note : The books in this series may be read in any order or as standalone works


 

THE MERCENARY

(The War Chronicles, Book 1)

A deadly war rages on, in a distant corner of the galaxy. The Budheya people are one of the worst affected. Once, they were feted across the quadrant for their technological supremacy, their spiritual accomplishments as well as their benevolence and generosity. Today, they struggle under the cruel yoke of Ketaari occupation, scrambling for survival and largely ignorant of the former glories once achieved by their ancestors.

Saakshi, a Budheya girl imprisoned by the Ketaari Imperial Forces, is sent to a distant space station to work off the remainder of her prison term. As a server girl in an alehouse, she has enough food to not go hungry, a safe place to sleep at night and a boss who ensures that his servers are not harassed by the customers. For a girl who has known only hardship in her short life, things could be a lot worse.

Then, an old foe from her past walks into the alehouse. Alone, friendless and far from home, desperation forces her to turn to an unlikely source for assistance. Zoran is Hadari’Kor, notorious across star systems for their fighting prowess. Their fierce reputation as nomadic warriors who owe allegiance to none and only fight as mercenaries for hire make people wary of tangling with them. But Zoran is no ordinary Hadari’Kor. He commands his own starship and a private mercenary army.

The fallout from this improbable alliance between a Budheya rebel and the Hadari’Kor Captain reverberates across space. Old assumptions are broken and new partnerships between unlikely allies forged as Saakshi struggles to survive the long arm of the powerful Budh-Ketaari Empire and Zoran fights with everything in his formidable arsenal to keep her safe. As their two worlds collide, the aftermath sets into motion a chain reaction that has the potential to alter the course of the war and the balance of power in their quadrant of space.

 

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The Warrior

(The War Chronicles, Book 2)

 

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Sila Gatherer has a deadly secret she’s been hiding her whole life. When an accident autoports her off her rustic planet, it alters the course of Sila’s life. Forced to abandon everything familiar, Sila has to forge a new life in a volatile part of space where an unrelenting war rages on.

Ship Captain Zh’hir Mu’raat is Ur’quay – legendary warriors with mysterious abilities. His starship has traveled a great distance on a desperate mission to save his dying civilization from extinction. Shocked to discover an alien female with the same rare ability as his people, he saves her from falling afoul of Ur’quay law.

After centuries of isolation, the Ur’quay enter the war, determined to tilt the balance of power to their new allies. Plunged into the politics of war, Sila and Zh’hir must navigate shifting alliances in an uncertain world. When a powerful foe threatens their new coalition, they race against time to unravel a centuries-old secret. The stakes are very high for failure is likely to cost the Ur’quay any hope for the future of their species.

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