Kato Ozark, crown prince and soldier, has just been chosen to pilot his family’s queenship. He’s trained his entire life for this honor, but it comes with a catch. It seems that First Engineer Mas’ud Tavana has also been chosen as the queen’s pilot. Mas’ud has no formal training, and they both believe a mistake has been made. But when an attack on a distant Ozark queen forces them to work together, it’s clear their minds are better as one than apart.
They might even go on a proper date. Through mission briefings and politically required offspring, the mental link their queenship forges between them only grows stronger. Within this bond they find strength in each other. Then a rogue AI attacks their ship, ripping the queen open to the core. The two pilots feel it all; the assault destroys their connection and tears them adrift into open space.
Kato and Mas’ud wake up in the medical bay of a rival family with no memory of their queenship or each other. Hailed as a war hero, Kato retrains as a kingship pilot, preparing to defend Earth against the AI. Mas’ud, dismissed as permanently broken, struggles to rediscover his own truth.
Kato is convinced the Queenship has made a mistake when she picked him as a her pilot, he also feels a pull toward the pilots chamber, in it he meets his co-pilot Mas’ud. There is never 2 pilots so he is confused.
Mas’ud is the first engineer, so when he feels a strange pull the first time the ship powers up he follows threw the ship passed a guard, into the pilot’s chamber and falls into a chair. Only later does he understand what happened to him.
As they learn each other and how they mesh with their queenship, new dangers approach. A new type of ship that has no queen, no sense of self but works almost the same. Yet she attacks seemingly unprovoked, with deviating accuracy. Kato and Mas’ud are almost killed, their queenship is damaged almost beyond repair and the crew has jettisoned in escape pods.
After being rescued and nursed back to health, they are separated and pushed in different directions. Neither told the truth as to what happened, and with their memories both damaged it doesn’t take much for Kato to move forward with the information he was given. Mas’ud on the other hand had massive injuries both physically and mentally. He just doesn’t believe what he’s being told it doesn’t make sense.
Once he finds his way to a ship from the wreckage, it powers up and takes him back to his queenship that has been following quietly since the attack. She downloads his memories back to him from the beginning to when he was jettisoned out. With that he starts repairs and looking for Kato his partner and co-pilot.
What a great imaginative book! It has everything you could want, suspense, danger, warp travel, space travel, living Spaceships and crazy AI I mean what more could you ask for? On top of that you have family strife, new connections, royalty and offspring. All I can say is I really hope there is a sequel in the works I absolutely wold love to see what happens next!