Saga of the Skolian Empire
Lost Continent series (aka Aronsdale)
The Final Key
The Final Key (Triad, Book II) is the completion of the duology Triad, which began with the novel Schism (Triad, Book I).
An epic story of how the Ruby Dynasty reached maturity, Triad reveals how a war of galactic proportions first explodes between two great empires. Schism ended with the Skolian Empire torn asunder by personal conflict within the royal family. With The Final Key, the Skolian Empire comes under all-out assault from its nemesis, the Euban Concord (Traders), who have undermined the Empire via subterfuge and assassination, leaving it ripe for conquest. The Skolian Empire’s only hope? A young woman barely out of her teens who hasn't even completed her training as a cadet.
"Asaro’s Skolian saga is now nearly as long and in many ways as compelling as Dune, if not more so, featuring a multitude of stronger female characters."
— Roland Green, Booklist
"[R]apid pacing and gripping suspense."
— Publisher’s Weekly
"Asaro's portrait of interstellar intrigue, weird socio-political customs and galactic history has come to approach the neighborhood of such classics as Frank Herbert's Dune series."
—Paul DiFillippo, SciFi.com