Whilst Canellian Eye: Prophecy was primarily concerned with exploring destiny, and identity within that concept, the second part of the trilogy, Rebellion, revolves around community versus individual experience regarding violent uprising.

It’s often been said that one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter, depending on which side of the divide you live. Canellian Eye: Rebellion therefore gives the reader both points of view and poses the question as to whether one side or other or, indeed, both, carry the right or hold the moral high ground.

The scenario in place is a difficult one. A generation of Canellians grew up facing an imminent icy death on their home planet, escaping to Elyacia, full of hope, only to find that annihilation had followed them.  On both planets, the community is beholden to a single catalyst: Quaylan (through the auspices of his mentor, Meto) and Meria (becoming the violent voice of her generation after her father, Istran). Although diametrically opposed, embodying the spiritual and secular, both eventually resort to murder to further the perceived needs of the community.

Whilst the Canellians face the twin horrors of slavery and disease, Elyacia has economically backed itself into a corner and refuses to budge, correctly discerning that the answer would change their society beyond all recognition. So often, a hierarchical system is kept in place because of aspiration to rise to the top, rather than allow all to become equal, even if the odds of beating the system and attaining great wealth and success are astronomically small.

Only Taem, a young Elyacian medical student, is able to see the possibility of removing the sides, declaring, “We are all Elyacians now.” By virtue of compassion, he steps outside of culture, history and endless conflict, to envisage a future of collaboration. Unfortunately, he’s also struggling to live outside of his own time and will suffer for it.

Tragically, love and its loss will become the catalyst for the entrenched, murderous positions of both communities under traumatised leadership. Both Taem’s beloved Prince Veltoc and Istran’s feisty daughter, Meria, will embrace the cycle of anger and revenge; both right and both wrong.

Ultimately, their defence of their communities and heritage will end up destroying the most innocent.