Yan BarCarran is on the cusp of graduating from the top theological school in the galaxy. She’s expecting to slide quietly into an unremarkable apprenticeship and career that will make her uncle proud, but her quiet future vanishes when she’s offered an apprenticeship with the most powerful man in the Empire. Yan has to learn politics and leadership, fast. As she organizes trade deals, learns to defend herself from assassins, and attends dangerous parties, Yan must learn who she can trust in this new world. After all, at the top, the only place left to go is down.
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This story is scifi with mild fantasy elements. It’s relatively slow paced in the beginning but it picks up speed as it goes. The overall story is best described as a character-focused drama with some adventure arcs. Religion is a central element to the world, but this story is not an endorsement of any particular religion (or religion in general) and definitely not an attempt to proselytize to the reader. The primary romance is F/F.