James Nadiracht, Emperor of Eadensax and leader of the Revolution, has lead the nation through ten years of peace and prosperity... only to plunge it into three years of violence and war. Backed by the elite Shock Brigades and their leader, Eustace De Mharburg, he has lead an invasion of the Western continent... only to be struck down by an assassin's blade mere days after victory.
Nadiracht's nephew, Marius Dechenshaven, is his chosen successor... but seperating him from his coronation is a thousand miles of newly conquered colony. Seizing his chance, De Mharburg names himself Emperor, and to be certain of victory, he has ordered Marius' death... but he has failed, and what was once an epic conquest has now descended into a vicious civil war...
The Rising Star reaches its apex, and two sides vie for victory and the soul of a revolution. Can Mar Dechenshaven save the world from the rule of Eustace De Mharburg and his Blackcoats? Or will De Mharburg's reign of terror win the War in the West?