In ten thousand years of bitter conflict, the enemy has not revealed its greatest secret…and the humanity has no idea how close they are to extinction.
Five years ago, a deadly conflict unfolded in a jungle clearing on a distant Rimworld—otherwise known as the last galactic frontier.
A young girl lost her heritage and was cast out to survive in a complex and hostile galactic society. Those who were her caretakers for thirteen years, blocked her memory of who she was, how she came to be their ward and most importantly why, then faded from the galactic scene. Unwanted by her parents’ star-clans, and ostracized by those who should take care of her upbringing, Kitaya lives for the infrequent trans-galactic calls from Karin. The young doctor is the only one who knows that Kitaya is a seed of new galactic order—a formidable telepath who one day may even eclipse the frontier gods who cared for her for thirteen years and then cast her out. But that’s not why she remains Kitaya’s friend. Five years ago, she matched Kitaya’s DNA against her parents and the DeWynter nobility refused to accept the Rimworld foundling. It’s when Karin realized that everyone outside the Rimworlds wants nothing more than to lock up the child who is not just the hereditary DeWynter duchess but the Princess Royal of Bollidor.
Each time Karin visits Kitaya in her remote quarters in the royal palace, she is able to make Kitaya remember snippets of her life before the tragedy in the jungle. She knows that it won’t be easy for Kitaya to re-discover her mental talents without revealing herself to members of her extended family, but progress is measured in tiny steps, not quantum leaps.
Finally, the day arrives when Kitaya is allowed to leave the world that has been her prison for five years. With Karin by her side, they head for Caritan, the birth-world of Kitaya’s father and one of the four Core worlds of the Confederate Union. Their first joint assignment is mundane…or so it seems. Providing escort to a drone convoy carrying supplies for worlds that lie on the other side of the Neutral Zone—in the enemy’s backyard. It’s a test and a trap—and they both know it. The marine humanoid race that has been in a state of conflict with the mostly human populations of the Confederate Union, is known for its cunning and cruelty. Since the two have been mortal enemies for millennia, and the aggression is always about the borders and galactic expansion, there are no secrets to uncover…then again, there has never been a human telepath of Kitaya’s skill and magnitude going out on convoy escort through the enemy territory.
The Prisoners of Illusion
by Edita A. Petrick on 2018-10-31
Dr. Ambrosia Severn is dead to the world into which she was born…but very much alive among the people whose ancestors came down from the stars. The man who swore to protect her, now must expand that protection to their two children.
It’s not easy to sail a cloaked artificial island the size of Cyprus in the Pacific such as to avoid regular shipping routes. The descendants of the Avendar galactic explorers, stranded on Earth, have done it for eight thousand years. Amy is grateful to them for offering her refuge when she most needed it, but she also thinks they’ve been hiding their homeland long enough. Especially now, when Niven’s two sons keep her busy, she doesn’t want them to grow up in the isolation of the elite island society. However, there is a difference between a measured exposure of the Island, and ripping off its cloaking screen. But that’s precisely what Persis, the ruthless siren wants to do—and in the process destroy the world that’s hosted her ancestors.
Rimworld Outcast: Lords of the Winter Stars - Book Four
by Edita A. Petrick on 2018-10-11
Two extraordinary young women, each harboring a terrible secret buried in their tragic past, penetrate several layers of security to gain access to a fearful prison planet.
Karin is a prodigy. She psychoanalyzed a roomful of medical professionals at seven. She sliced her first cadaver— real, not plasmaflesh—at twelve. And she rescued a traumatized youngster on a distant Rimworld at fifteen. Then offered to be her friend and mentor. The world sees an extraordinary young woman wasting her talent and potential serving as a field medic on dilapidated freighters and destroyers. What the world doesn’t see is what drives Karin to do what she does. A need for revenge so deep-seated it corrodes her every dream. Karin is like a diamond emblem on a shuttle-wreck floating in a junkyard.
Kitaya is a foundling. Her savage name makes her an outcast. History full of tales of enemy spies inserted into the ranks of humans as clones, is a padlock on her rightful place in the ranks of the DeWynter aristocracy. She is alternately feared and scorned, depending on what relative crosses her path. She backs away from every conflict before it even starts to heat up. Retreat makes her invisible. It’s precisely what Karin told her to do in order to safeguard her future…and that of every living creature in the galaxy.
But there is one conflict that rises in their path that neither Karin nor Kitaya can ignore.
Rimworlds Rising: Lords of the Winter Stars - Book Three
by Edita A. Petrick on 2018-09-17
The distant future looks promising…and menacing at the same time
The Rimworlds are the coveted frontier—raw and unexplored. When the Allies establish a Regency on Synoor, a charming frontier world that’s strategically positioned between their mortal enemies, they believe they’ve gained a huge advantage in the deadly game of galactic expansion. Two decades later, the world is attacked by pirates. Its solitary settlement is razed to the ground. No one is thought to have survived; certainly not the son of the fleet admiral and his wife who were sent to Synoor to confirm rumors of enemy collaboration…and determine whether it’s just local lore or whether there’s more to the rumors that there is magic in the jungle.
But someone did survive the horrific massacre, though it’s not anyone who should be allowed to leave the world…
Rimworld Legends: Lords of the Winter Stars - Book Two
by Edita A. Petrick on 2018-09-17
Is magic in the jungle real or lore…?
A young envoy and his wife, are sent to a distant Rimworld to re-establish commercial and cultural ties with the man the Allied Confederation had appointed as the planetary Regent.
The frontier world is a gateway to the new galactic horizons still left to explore. It has enormous developmental potential. It has unbelievable lore and legends about jungle magic that are unlike any in the galaxy. And its Regent is a scheming, treacherous viper who is poised to ‘hand over’ the world to his buddies—the pirates and mercenaries from the neighbouring New Hebrides.
With the invasion imminent, it’s the worst possible time for the envoy and his wife to find out that they are to become parents—and are stuck on a world that’s about to be decimated by pirates.