Catherine Asaro has won numerous awards for her Saga of the Skolian Empire novels, including the Nebula Award and two "e;Romantic Times"e; awards for Best SF Novel. Combining cutting edge scientific theory with grand romantic adventure, this series represents space opera at its finest.
"e;The Final Key"e; is the second half of the story arc known as "e;Triad,"e; which began in "e;Schism."e; "e;Schism"e; ended with the Skolian Empire torn asunder by personal conflict within the royal family. With "e;The Final Key,"e; the Skolian Empire comes under all-out assault from its nemesis, the Euban Concord, who have undermined the Empire via subterfuge and assassination, leaving it ripe for conquest. The Skolian Empire's only hope? A young woman barely out of her teens who hasn't even complete her training as a cadet.