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Lost in Translation

Kathryn was a human empath whose world and life had been destroyed when, as a very young child, she’d watched helplessly as the alien S’sinn slaughtered her parents before her very eyes. Only the Translators, an elite guild of empaths, had been able to free her from the trauma and give her a new life.

Jarrikk was a young S’sinn, an unproven warrior who’d seen his flight mates slaughtered by the humans who’d sought to colonize his world. Crippled so that he could never fly again, he would have chosen death, but he wasn’t allowed the choice. Instead he, too, was trained to be a Translator. And as humans and S’sinn found themselves poised on the brink of a war that could not only destroy their own species but could disrupt the delicate balance of the multiracial Commonwealth, these two Translators–who had every reason to hate one another–had to work together to find a common ground and avert catastrophe. But whether their Translators’ oath and training could overcome the enemies leagued against them was very much in doubt…

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Published by DAW Books

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Excerpt from Lost in Translation

Prologue Jarrikk watched the humans crossing the polished black basalt floor of the Great Hall of the Flock as closely as if they were prey, hearing their strange footsteps echoing back from the distant walls. Spidery red columns, studded with perches and platforms, soared to the haze-hidden roof, S’sinn clinging to them in dozens and …

Reviews of Lost in Translation

“This book has it all: great aliens, brilliant world-building, a breakneck plot, and a message that resonates with our times. Edward Willett has arrived, and SF is the richer for it.” – Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids “In Ed Willett’s universe, greed and intrigue aren’t unique to humankind, and humans and S’sinn …

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