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DAR & Earth: Yasteron continues the story of Aelish and Isabela, who must both somehow rise from the ashes of their shattered lives after the cliffhanger in Book Two. Aelish ventures back to DAR to reclaim her beloved Thagar. As she reviews the devastation in the N.W. Quadrant from Yasteron's bombs, she agonizes over whether to annihilate the entire kingdom or forge ahead with a peace treaty in accordance with her Oath of Peace. While Aelish struggles with that decision, Isabela tries to recover from the unfathomable betrayal by her first love, Glen, a Yasteron spy, and her capture and torture by Yasteron soldiers in her research lab.
While in DAR, Aelish discovers that one of the deadly vials Glen brought to the dinner party in her home, survived the bombing of the underwater bunker, where he was being interrogated by Thagar. The vial contains scientific information that Isabela has been searching for, in order to stop a burgeoning climate syndrome already causing early symptoms worldwide.
Aelish defies the medici in DAR, who are unable to save Thagar's life, and with the help of Isabela brings him to Earth for lifesaving human medical treatment. Despite the bombs crippling essential magic within DAR and destroying important tactical equipment, she secures an exit strategy to bring a severely injured Thagar to Earth.
Finally, back on Earth, Aelish gives the vial to Isabela, who immediately begins analyzing its contents. Isabela quickly discovers that the climate syndrome will single-handedly wipe out the human race once the overall global temperature reaches 1.4C. She develops a groundbreaking vaccine to stop the climate syndrome, which she wants available at no cost to humanity.
Athena M. Kaiman is the author of the political fiction series, DAR & Earth, rooted in accurate historical and scientific facts, with an emphasis on climate change and female empowerment. Ms. Kaiman worked in the male-dominated world of politics, first as a grassroots organizer and ultimately as a press secretary and speechwriter. She hopes to inspire the younger generations, yet to come, to lay bare the blame for their dying world at the feet of the adults who allowed it. She considers herself one of those who allowed it and writing this series is her way of repaying that debt.