Riishi has fallen, and with it a mighty empire. The Viskr Junta is no more. After witnessing the end of that civilisation at the hands of the great enemy, Elm Caden no longer has any doubts: Voice is a threat to all of humanity, and the Shaeld Hratha are his most potent weapon.
While dreadships pour from the Deep Shadows, Caden is faced with an impossible choice: help the ailing Imperial Navy to counter this overwhelming invasion, or abandon his mission and his loyalties to wage a personal war against Voice.
And even in the darkest of hours, the light can fade yet further. New information has reached Caden’s ears; intelligence which reveals glimpses of the horrific motives behind Voice’s crusade, and the identity of the next major target. With the Imperial Navy already retreating to the core systems he is about to learn a terrible truth:
Every World has its Price.
Advisory: this is the fourth book in a five book story.
The Armada Wars series takes place in our own galaxy, centuries in the future. Populated with realistic characters, fascinating locales, and believable tech, the armadaverse is the perfect setting for the one thing we all want from the military science fiction genre: big bad battles.
From Shattered Stars follows on directly from Steal from the Devil, List of the Dead, and The Ravening Deep, also available in paperback and on the Kindle platform. Those books can now also be purchased for Kindle as part of the Armada Wars: Books 1-3 Omnibus.
This story will conclude in apocalyptic style with Whom Gods Shall Fear, expected in 2018.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The basis of the Armada Wars universe was originally written as the back story for a game project which never came to fruition. To build a realistic and uncompromising universe, I took everything I love about science fiction, films, and books, and threw out the parts which either make no sense or regularly get used as shortcuts. Then I added planning time. Lots and lots and lots of planning time.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters who populate the Armadaverse are written to be — for all intents and purposes — real. I started with the roles that would be needed in the story, added individual traits which might make the execution of those roles interesting, then built personal histories around those skeletons.
R. Curtis Venture was born in the United Kingdom in 1978. A graduate of Applied Biology, he has previously worked in entertainment and hospitality, business development, and intelligence analysis. His first great passion was for science fiction, both in books and on the screen, and he spent his childhood years imagining far-off places.
He is currently employed full-time in the legal sector, and somehow also finds time to write.
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