Excession

Diplomat Byr Gen-Hofoen has been selected by The
Department of Special Circumstances to investigate a
2,500-year-old mystery–the reported existence and sudden
disappearance of a star 50 times older than the universe
itself. The only way to break the silence is to steal the
soul of a long-dead starship captain who first encountered
the star, and convince her to be reborn. And in accepting this mission, Byr will be swept into a vast conspiracy that could lead the universe into an age of peace… or to the brink of annihilation.