Description: In a universe where technology and magic co-exist, Nicholas Lyons desires one thing: to serve his queen as a Space Knight in the Royal Trident Forces. But when his final mission as an Academy cadet goes horribly wrong, Nicholas discovers he possesses illegal magical abilities that grant him power far beyond that of a normal man, knight, or mage.
When a clandestine assignment lands Nicholas on the worst starship in the kingdom’s fleet, he finds a motley crew of warriors hiding their own terrible secret. Death and betrayal lurk around every corner, and Nicholas finds himself torn between his loyalties to his new crew or the oath he swore to his queen.
While theStalwartand most of the crew head to the Aquitania on a diplomatic diversion mission, Moses and Treyin take Nick and the other newly minted knights to the mountain city of an inconsequential planet for a clandestine mission to conquer the next Seraphic Portal.
But the Dax are hot on their tails, so Nick and his friends must push their new powers to the limit and save a planet that is unprepared for the horrors of Dax enslavement.
Few squires pass the initial round, and even fewer make it through the final test alive. The odds are stacked against every squire, but the Stalwart crew uncovers a Pure-Blood noble conspiracy to sabotage Nick and his friends.
But Nicholas welcomes the opposition. This is the moment of his dreams, and nothing will stop the Stalwart squires from entering the illustrious order of Space Knights.
To protect the crew against betrayal, Captain Cross sends the Stalwart on a training mission to Ecoma, a gas giant populated by evolved humans with dangerous empathic abilities.
The journey was supposed to be easy: Acquire training from the evolved humans, negotiate the use of magical devices that can protect the knights from mind control, and get a bit of R&R.
Of course, nothing is ever easy with the Stalwart, and Squire Nicholas Lyons soon finds himself battling for his life against sensual mind readers, hordes of bloodthirsty Grendels, enemy kingdom warriors, and a berserker knight named Olav.