The Spider and the Fly

The Spider and the Fly

C.E. Stalbaum

Science Fiction & Fantasy

An elite psychic operative holds the key to saving humanity from extinction.Humanity lies in ruin. Our once invincible empire has crumbled, and refugees struggle to survive on backwater colonies and broken ghettos on the fringes of the galaxy. Worst of all, any child born with a spark of psychic potential is hunted down by elite telepathic operatives of the ruling alien government. But now, with the entire species on the brink of extinction, everything is about to change…For nearly ten years Jenavian Vale has faithfully served the Convectorate as a Spider, tracking down and capturing potential telepaths before their powers grow out of control. But when she finally catches up to her latest target, she realizes he is more than just another rogue “Fly”— he is none other than Markus Coveri, her former partner and the only Spider that has ever defected. And he holds the key to an ancient secret that could change the course of human history.As the chase begins, Jen must pit her loyalty for the Convectorate against the fate of her own beleaguered species…and her loyalty to the Spiders against the life of her only friend. THE SPIDER AND THE FLY is an action-packed adventure full of colorful characters, dazzling space battles, and galaxy-spanning conspiracies—in other words, the consummate Space Opera (160,000 words).Spiderverse Novels:The Spider and the FlyRebellionPhoenix RisingHomeworldRebirth (2016)
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The Last Goddess

The Last Goddess

C.E. Stalbaum

Science Fiction & Fantasy

When a man discovers the body of the long-lost Messiah, he fears her very presence might incite a holy war. When she wakes up, he is certain of it."I have never come across such a perfectly hidden and brilliantly effected [plot] twist. The author needs to be commended."-CS Fantasy Reviews "The Last Goddess is a very exciting, smoothly written adventure that will stay in my collection to be re-read someday, which is not something I offer to many novels."-Doubleshot ReviewsAfter a thousand years of war and destruction, the Messiah has finally returned…or has she?Ten years ago, Haven was the site of the final battle in a long and bloody war. Today it is called the City of Unity, and it remains the last, best hope for peace across the continent. But a city built upon diplomacy is a city filled with dark secrets, and for a calculating rogue like Nathan Rook, the buying and selling of critical information is a quick—and often dangerous—path to riches and glory. Since the end of the war, Rook has constructed a small underworld empire and helped maintain the tenuous balance of power between the two disparate religious factions battling for control of Haven.Until now. When Rook discovers an ancient coffin and finds a living, breathing woman inside, he realizes that he may have stumbled across the greatest discovery in modern history—or the greatest hoax. From her ceremonial dress to her elaborate tattoos, the mysterious woman is the perfect incarnation of the Messiah, and she wields a power that defies the very laws of magic. There’s just one problem: she doesn’t remember anything, not even her own name.Join in the epic fantasy adventure praised for its gripping action, seamless world-building, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. The Shattered Messiah Trilogy begins with THE LAST GODDESS (145,000 words).
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