The young Thean Spire leads an enviable life. Set to inherit his uncle’s coveted position as puppet master of a powerful galactic syndicate, he wants for nothing… except an opportunity to prove he’s more than a lucky heir.
He becomes even more determined to forge his own path when exposed secrets force him to take an uncertain future in the Crucible, an elite military academy where the best element-wielding warriors in the galaxy are trained. Failure means admitting he isn’t destined for the greatness that he had once been so certain of attaining. Failure means living a life more susceptible to the influences of those who wish to control him. Success means facing the worst of what the known and unknown universe has to offer.