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By: Diane Duane
Book #3 of 4
The Sword was the ultimate symbol of Romulan power, tradition,
and pride. It lay in the Senate Chamber of the Romulan Star Empire,
revered and untouched for centuries, until the day Dr. Leonard
McCoy was tried for treason - and both were stolen during a
daring attack on Romulus itself.
Now, to avenge that insult and save face in the eyes of their deadly
enemies, the Empire must recover the sword at any cost. Their envoys to
the Federation demand the return of the sword and the extradition of the
Romulan renegades who aided the Starship Enterprise in McCoy's
escape. If diplomacy fails, the Romulans will trap the Klingons and the
Federation in open war.
In such dangerous times, the Starship Enterprise is assigned the most
valuable - and volatile - element of all: the fugitive Ael, her stolen
Bird-of-Prey Bloodwing, and the sword they carry. Ael will undoubtedly
attempt to use ship and sword to foil her enemies and play her hand in
the dangerous game that she's begun. But she will do it all under the
watchful eyes of James T. Kirk, the Federation starship captain who
knows her dangerously well . . .
You'll notice this is book 3 of 4.
Can't find books 1 and 2?
Book 1 is "My Enemy, My Ally" and
book 2 is "The Romulan Way"
It took me a long time to read this book. Not because it's a
long story, but because it just didn't catch my interest.
Maybe it's been too long since I read the previous novels
(that they're now calling book #1 & #2) and I just
couldn't get into the story.