On a distant planet where conflicts threaten all of humanity, prophecy tells of a woman with indigo eyes who will unite the warring factions. Ginza has the odd colored eyes of the prophecy. But she does not believe she is capable of any kind of heroic deeds. Nor does she believe she deserves... read more
To spy on invaders in the homeland of her savage ancestors, Adalginza pretends to be a royal lady of the House of the Fifth Crescent Moon. She tries seducing the new captain of the Crescent knights assigned to Sola Re, an outpost belonging to the Crescent Houses. But, at first, Captain Kalos... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
To spy on invaders in the homeland of her savage ancestors, Adalginza pretends to be a royal lady of the House of the Fifth Crescent Moon. She tries seducing the new captain of the Crescent knights assigned to Sola Re, an outpost belonging to the Crescent Houses. But, at first, Captain Kalos has no interest in her. He is preoccupied with fortifications of Sola Re and defense of new settlers arriving in the frontier from the Prime Continent.
Adalginza lures the captain away from Sola Re only by tricking him into believing that she has found evidence of the missing House of the Seventh Crescent Moon at a remote cave. Artifacts have been planted there by her half brother, Benfaaro, who is leading the savage rebellion against the Crescent Houses.
In the magical locale of a wilderness lake far away from civilization, Adalginza wins the captain's heart. He performs a ceremony of bonding, and marries the woman who he does not realize is half savage.
At first, the issues seem clear. Adalginza has grown to love Captain Kalos and his family. But betraying him seems necessary to prevent the mass slaughter of her people. When her activities lead to the murder of innocents among the Crescent House settlers, however, she develops grave doubts.
Great evil can be found on both sides of the conflict, especially when the ruthless ambitions of Benfaaro's wife, Bruna, are considered. Adalginza increasingly believes in peace, partly because of a prophecy that says a woman with indigo eyes such as hers is destined to unify the warring factions.
While battling her conscience and the consequences of her actions, Adalginza becomes ill in both mind and body. Kalos accompanies her to the Prime Continent of the Crescent Houses to seek healing. And it is here that Adalginza joins the household of her grandmother, Lady Swiala. The relationship is obvious, because the two of them have the same indigo eyes so coveted among all the nine Crescent Houses. Adalginza recovers her strength when she learns that Lady Sagawea is spending far too much time with Captain Kalos, who is rumored to be her old lover.
Sagawea has lured Kalos into an alliance with the Eradicators, who favor ridding the frontier of the savages and opening the way to colonization. Swiala and Adalginza work desperately for peace on both sides. But when Captain Kalos discovers the truth about Adalginza and her past betrayals, he becomes her most powerful enemy.
Before the captain unleashes weapons that could destroy all of humanity, Adalginza must find a way to win back his love and trust.
“In my House, we do not believe in poxes and ill winds. We believe in our own wits, and in the labor of our hands and hearts. Knowledge is the treasure I seek, dear lady. That is all.”Kalos (to Adalginza)
“Please don't go! I would rather that all the light of all the moons in the sky fade forever, than to lose you.”Adalginza (to Kalos)
“I told you to guard your heart. You did not listen to me. For this folly, I have no pity for you. Sit back down and tell me the secrets you have brought me.”Benfaaro (to Adalginza)
“I thought it would be dangerous for Adalginza to fall in love with the enemy. Instead, it has only made her weaker. She serves us much better now, because of this pitiful state she is in.”Bruna (to Benfaaro)
“Our enemy foolishly thinks that those they call savages of that settlement are peaceful and welcoming? We will show otherwise. We will attack from within and without. The survivors we spare will quiver in terror as they tell what they saw. We must make those of the Crescent Houses fear us so much that they will never wish to return to the frontier.”Benfaaro (to Bruna and Adalginza)
“Betray your heart no longer, even though it may take you where you do not want to go. But in those places, you may be led to actions that can help undo past sins.”Polyper (to Adalginza)
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