SIEGE OF PRAETAR
Book I of Tales of a Dying Star
Awarded Honorable Mention in the 2015 Writers of the Future Contest
The red giant Saria is dying.
Praetar, a sand-blown planet, lies occupied. Its people are buried and beaten, forced to toil for the Melisao Empire that prepares to flee their star. Hyken, a Sentinel pilot, is faced with a moral dilemma that forces him to choose between his co-pilot and their mission. Mira, a factory worker on Praetar, struggles to make a better life for her daughters--using what little resources at her command. A slumlord named Bruno makes his own arrangements, gathering what meager power he can in the Empire's scramble to flee.
Caught up in the exodus, these people struggle to survive. Are they strangers, or do their decisions affect one-another in unexpected ways?
Praise for Tales of a Dying Star
"Kristoph skillfully connects three independent perspectives to demonstrate how an individual choice, whether self-serving or for the greater good, can create a ripple of consequences in unexpected ways." -Publisher's Weekly
"Concise and picturesque... this book is a gem." -Manhattan Book Review
"Moving stories that feature plenty of conflict and drama." -San Francisco Book Review
"Kristoph does an excellent job of drawing the reader into the story. The character development is fantastic... the clearly descriptive apocalyptic setting permeates each page." -ReaderViews