A Matter of Profit

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Strangers in a bizarre land -- that's what Ahvren's people, the Vivitare, are. They are the conquerors, the rulers now, of the T'Chin confederacy. Ahvren has spent the last two year fighting a brutal war on another planet. Here on T'Chin - where the planet surrendered before a single shot was fired -- victory doesn't seem so victorious. Ahvren welcomes the peace, but he doesn't trust it. How could all these people surrender so easily? Are they all cowards? Not likely. And his mistrust is justified -- rumors arise of a plot to assassinate the Vivitare emperor. But Ahvren's disillusion with war is greater than his mistrust of peace. The last thing he wants is to rejoin the emperor's fleet and conquer the next planet. So he strikes a bargain with his father: if he can uncover the plot to assassinate the emperor, Ahvren can choose his own path. It's a challenge that will take more wits than strength, and Ahvren's not sure he's up for it. But it's the most important test he's ever faced and his success is vital. Not only does the emperor's life depend on it, so does Ahvren's.

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The long antennae—five feet long? six? And covered with what looked like very short fur—swept forward, quivering in the air over Ahvren’s head. It took all his self-control to keep from stepping back. Then the antennae lifted away, without touching him, much to his relief. They remained cocked forward, but relaxed, oscillating slowly. Ahvren welcomes the peace but he doesn’t fully trust it, and his mistrust is not unwarranted: Rumors abound of a plot to assassinate the Vivitare emperor. The last thing Ahvren wants is to rejoin the emperor’s fleet and conquer the next planet, so he strikes a bargain with his father. If he can uncover the plot to assassinate the emperor, Ahvren can choose his own path. It’s a challenge that will take more wits than strength, and Ahvren’s not sure he’s up for it. But it’s also the most important test he’s ever faced and his success is vital. For not only does the emperor’s life depend on it, so does Ahvren’s.

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Hilari Bell writes SF and fantasy for kids and teens. She’s an ex-librarian, a job she took to feed her life-long addiction to books, and she lives in Denver with a family that changes shape periodically—currently it’s her mother and her adult niece. Her hobbies are board games and camping—particularly camping, because that’s the only time she can get in enough reading. Though when it comes to reading, she says, there’s no such thing as “enough.” To learn more about author Hilari Bell, visit her website at hilaribell.com.

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