Across a Star-Swept Sea

By Diana Peterfreund

From Rampant and Ascendant writer Diana Peterfreund comes this exciting better half to For Darkness indicates the Stars, now in paperback. Across a Star-Swept Sea is a romantic science-fiction reimagining of the vintage The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Centuries after wars approximately destroyed civilization, the islands of Galatea and Albion stand on my own, a paradise the place even the Reduction—the devastating mind disease that sparked the wars—is reminiscence. but on Galatea, an rebellion opposed to the aristocracy has became lethal. The revolutionaries' weapon is a drug that damages their enemies' brains, and the one wish is a mysterious undercover agent often called the Wild Poppy. On neighboring Albion, not anyone suspects that the Wild Poppy is absolutely famously frivolous teenage aristocrat Persis Blake. Her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with good-looking Galatean medic Justen Helo . . . is her most deadly venture ever.

When Persis discovers that Justen is maintaining a mystery that can plunge New Pacifica into one other darkish age, she realizes she's not only risking her center, she's risking the area she's sworn to guard.

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So that it will stopover at, it’s top to use on the raise. ” “I attempted that,” Vania acknowledged. the opposite woman’s use of the be aware “they” had clinched it. Whoever those have been, they'd no authority to forestall her. “I’m right here to go to my pal Justen Helo, however the final time I got here, we had just a little a struggle. I’ve come to ask for forgiveness, yet I can’t if he won’t permit me see him. ” “What’s your identify? ” the blonde requested. “Vania. I’m an outdated buddy of his from Galatea. ” “The southern island? ” Vania’s eyes narrowed. the place else? “I’m Andromeda,” the light-haired one acknowledged. “And this is often the following day. ” extraordinary names, for even stranger ladies. “I can provide your message to Justen if you would like. ” The red-haired one, the next day to come, nonetheless hadn’t spoken, and as Vania watched, she wandered off with no note. Andromeda took no realize. Vania had by no means obvious such strange habit in a grown lady. by no means noticeable it in someone yet a discounted prisoner. “Actually,” Vania acknowledged, “I are looking to see him. So i will be able to take those stairs? ” fast as a flash, Andromeda stood among Vania and the staircase. “I don’t imagine I’m presupposed to allow a person up with out permission. I comprehend we’re already an immense imposition at the Blakes. ” Who have been those ? Vania blinked on the different lady in surprise. what sort of improvements have been they doing right here in Albion? Andromeda’s dermis, her pace, her shallow sea-colored eyes? She’d by no means noticeable something love it. She knew Albians coloured their hair—were epidermis and eyes the hot pattern? used to be she going to discover Justen up at the pali with a lavender face and shiny red irises? yet irrespective of who this Andromeda was once, she wouldn’t distract Vania from her undertaking. “I’m afraid i used to be a bit unfair to him the opposite day,” she lied easily. “Ever because the revolution, I’ve been a tiny bit prejudiced opposed to aristos, so while I heard he was once concerned with one . . . ” “You’re a type of revolutionaries,” Andromeda acknowledged. Vania straightened. “Yes. yet I’m right here on own enterprise, so—” “Tell me extra. ” Andromeda leaned in. “The princess has been very approaching but in addition very bored with letting us see or consult a person else. and in contrast to a couple of different participants of my celebration, I’m now not the kind to only blindly belief a lord, Luddite or another way. ” Vania blinked at her. “Pardon? ” “No one will inform me something approximately Galatea yet that it’s harmful and we should always steer transparent. ” commonplace aristo propaganda. Vania had without doubt the princess used to be utilizing a great deal of it. It was once the one attainable cause of why the revolution hadn’t encouraged their northern friends but. “No, indeed,” Vania defined. “The revolution is a gorgeous and detoxification factor. We regs have by no means been given a formal probability earlier than. ultimately, we’re exerting our human rights. truthfully, do you think that you’ve been given the entire possibilities you ought, transforming into up right here in Scintillans? ” Andromeda snorted. “I’m now not from round the following, yet I consider every thing you assert. ” “Oh, good then anywhere you're from in Albion. ” “We’re no longer from Albion, both. ” after which, as Vania’s eyes bought broad and her mouth dropped open, the lady informed her the craziest tale she’d ever heard.

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