The Clone Wars are over, but the clone deserters' personal battle against the Empire has only just begun. With death warrants on their heads, and a hated Imperial garrison on Mandalore, Kal Skirata's clan of clone veterans, Mando mercenaries, misfit refugees, and a renegade Jedi find all their worst nightmares have followed them home. The search for a cure for the clones' premature aging grows more desperate, and Etain's son must be protected at all costs. Darman and Niner are still stranded in the Imperial legion, and fight to survive in a very different army. But as Mandalore prepares to resist Palpatine's new order, Skirata is forced to give safe haven to those he hates most, and some he thought were dead. Clan Skirata thinks things can't possibly get any worse -- until their ragtag private army faces the reality of fighting the Empire. Their most lethal enemies are now their own brothers.
British writer KAREN TRAVISS received critical acclaim for her first novels City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, and The World Before, published by HarperCollins in the USA. A former defense correspondentand TV and newspaper journalist, Karen has also worked as a police press officer, an advertising copywriter and a journalism lecturer. She has served in both the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service and the Territorial Army. A graduate of the Clarion East class of 2000, she has had short stories published in Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, and On Spec. She is also the author of Star Wars: Republic Commando: Hard Contact, Star Wars: Republic Commando: Triple Zero, Star Wars: Republic Commando: Order 66, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice and New York Times #1 bestseller Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Revelations and is beloved of stormtroopers everywhere. She is also the author of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the novel tying in to the Summer 2008 animated Star Wars movie.