The emperor of the Nine Hundred Worlds has died, and the power falls to his son. Just long enough for an assassin’s weapon to find him.Evangeline, the emperor’s daughter, is thrust to the throne. From there nothing is as it seemed. Hypocrisy and corruption have tainted her family legacy. Attempting to lead by renewed conviction only makes things more volatile. The legislators are close to sedition. And all the while, the Bellanoi, the empire’s most deadly enemy, watch with ready claws.Her only ally might be a clone created against her will. A man made into a machine. Trained to see through lies. Bred to protect her. Incapable of humanity.