Published August, 2019
Kaya has spent her life working hard for a place among her people on the planet Caeli. Her rich, dark skin placed her among society's lower class, but her life is about to feel an upheaval as a race called the Swandidi invade her planet and enslave its people. Sent by the Planetary Alliance to train the Caeli people on how to make their planet a viable asset, citizens that were once a free people now find themselves under the orders of a new ruler.
When a new Administering family sets up home within a grand palace, Kaya is specifically chosen to be the slave to a new young master – Adwin Barry. Adwin has been positioned as the new Daniachew for the people of Caeli, working as a moderator between them and the new Swandidi invaders. While Kaya finds her new master to be kind and patient with her, she has heard from the other slaves how ruthless and sexually violent the masters could be. A young virgin, Kaya finds hope with the belief that her Master Adwin will not be like those cruel masters she’s been told about.
As Kaya further earns the trust of her new master and his family, she begins to travel along his side as a communicator with the Caeli people, but will the newly enslaved natives be so open with her as to discuss their concerns during mediation, or will they find her actions to be those of a traitor and sentence her into a shameful exile? Already chastised for being of a darker skin than those who had ruled Caeli’s native population’s social ranks, Kaya faces an uphill battle with the potential for chaotic results.
Love, passion, excitement and thrills navigate the reader through this vibrant novel that showcases a beautiful new planet that is torn in conflict. Nominated for a 2006 CBS Parallax Award, Caeli’s Daniachew is a stunning science fiction romance that breaches through the genres with effortless ease.
“Close the inner airlock door.” Adwin ordered and his command was carried out immediately. He double-checked to make sure that none of Fela's clothing was caught in the door, and then he nodded to himself. He took in a deep breath and looked at Iniko, who nodded to him encouragingly.
“Open the outer airlock door.” Adwin ordered.
Swandidi engineers had worked for two days to create a situation that would normally have been avoided at all cost. Under normal circumstances, the outer airlock door opened at a snail’s pace, so that anyone trapped inside would have time to call for help and not be shot out into space, where rescue became more difficult. This, however, was an execution by depressurization. The prisoner was to be shot out of the airlock and into the vacuum of space as quickly as possible.
As a result of the engineers’ work, the outer airlock door opened in less than a second and the decompression shot Fela out and away from the spaceship as if he were fired from a weapon’s barrel.
While observation was a moot point, Swandidi law required witnesses. The captain, the mayor, Iniko and Adwin all stepped to the side to the huge portholes on either side of the airlock. There, they witnessed Fela flying away from the ship, tumbling end over end. The mayor was the only one who did not know that Fela froze as his body was starved of life-giving oxygen.
“Are your men ready, Capitus?” Adwin asked the captain, not taking his eyes off of his cousin.
“They are,” the captain intoned.
“Fire when ready, Capitus,” Adwin ordered.
“Gunners, fire when ready,” the captain ordered in his turn.
They were not so deep in space that the light of the Caeli sun was unable to give light to the beams of energy that converged on Fela from five different directions. The prisoner, already dead, was turned into little more than the atoms that had once made up his body.
The Execution was complete.
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