Ascendant Sun is a stand-alone novel in the same universe as the Nebula Award finalist The Last Hawk, in which Kelric, a prince of Imperial Skolia, crashed on the planet Coba. Now eighteen years later he has escaped Coba and returned home - only to find Skolia in chaos.
In the aftermath of the Radiance War, all surviving members of his family are prisoners of Earth or the Trader empire. Only Kelric remains free. With no more than his clothes to his name and no one he dares trust, he must find a way to claim his title before his enemies discover his identity. His devotion to his family sustains him as he launches a silent, one-man battle against the Trader empire, initially as a weapons officer. Kidnapped and sold as a pleasure slave, he must overcome ever greater obstacles in his quest. So begins a journey that crosses three empires, as he strives to save his people.
Ascendant Sun is an ambitious novel that showcases Catherine Asaro's ability to raise thoughtful questions about gender roles while weaving an exciting web of romantic adventure and hard science fiction.