Shouts and raised fists call for every heart to be counted. Will Dias be counted among the marked in rebelling against the tyrannical SAFE Act, join the unmarked who hold his dream in their hands, or with everything to gain and nothing to lose, will he be able to keep a distant promise to not be blown away with everyone else?
King Minos tasks the hero Leandros with slaying a terrible beast that lurks in the depths of an inescapable labyrinth beneath the island of Crete, but all is not as it seems, and the King is hiding a dark secret that could cost him the throne.
Evan and his squad fight their way across a blasted hellscape of trenches and fortifications as they push toward the Queen’s mountain stronghold, intent on delivering a killing blow to the Bugs on Kerguela. With all of their cards on the table, the Coalition fleet must band together and use every tool at their disposal if they want to put an end to the alien occupation of the moon.
Xipa’s fight for survival becomes more desperate, while on the other side of the moon, Evan and his friends face off against the Red King in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Xipa and her team make inroads into an abandoned Valbaran city in search of answers, while Delta company launches daring raids against Bug infrastructure on the moon’s embattled surface.
The largest Coalition fleet ever assembled descends on the lost colony of Kerguela to liberate it from its insectoid occupiers. On one side of the moon, a Marine takes part in a series of daring landings, while on the other, one of the few survivors of the original invasion hunts down the source of a mysterious signal. Conflict between both friend and foe will strain the alliance to its limits.
Finally ready to return to his home base, Jason stops off at a friend’s for a much needed break along the way. Then comes the most dreaded part of his day: confronting Veina and explaining his disappearance to the distraught Demon. Will Jason be greeted with a hug or a another black eye?
After Jason’s latest excursion through Wonderland, fate has placed a roadblock in his path. With no trace of the escaped Skarliks, Jason decides to head back home and regroup to determine his next step. But some unexpected company will make his journey back to Vallick much longer than he originally planned.
In the last city, Mammon, the sins of past lives are inked onto the skin of every man, woman, and child with tattoo-like birthmarks. The more skin the markings cover, the deeper their sins, and the less trust they’re given. Trust that Dias Drake, a young man with 24% of his body covered in markings, will need if he wants to realize his dream of becoming an explorer. However, in Mammon, someone that heavily marked will find gaining trust near impossible, and so, a storm rolls over the city when the marked underclass organize.
After traveling to the festival in Gamberton, Jason hopes to take a vacation from his troubles and let loose. With Veina as his tour guide in a mamono’s version of an amusement park, Jason won’t soon forget this little “day of fun”. Deviously clever Veina will make sure of that…
Byron is a farmer in a small village without much hope of a future. He dreams of marrying the beautiful barmaid, Hilda, but sadly has no romantic or social skills. However, he is given hope by a travelling merchant’s wife, who gives him a mysterious map to the fabled flower “The Diamond in the Dark.”