Aristeia: Tree of Liberty, by Wayne Basta

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Y’all remember I talked about Aristeia: A Little Rebellion when I was halfway through with it, right?

I finished it back in April (and I will be reviewing it, eventually).  The third book is coming out in just a few days, and Wayne is holding a giveaway at his blog. Because I enjoyed books 1 and 2 so much, I’m helping out in a few small ways — I donated an ebook as a giveaway prize, and I’m putting together this post to help get the word out. I’m pretty excited to read the third book in this series, so I’ll be picking up Tree of Liberty as soon as possible.

Without further ado, here’s some info on the third Aristeia book — such as an excerpt, fun facts, and where you can pick it up this weekend. (If you haven’t read the first two yet, you can pick them up here: Book 1; Book 2. I highly recommend doing so; the characters are engaging, the plot is exciting, and the books pass the Bechdel test.)

Cover image for Aristeia: Tree of Liberty by Wayne Basta.

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Aristeia: Tree of Liberty

Zeric Dustlighter has been a soldier his entire adult life. Give him a gun, and tell him who to shoot, and he’ll get the job done. He always knew he was never cut out to be in command.

But now, cut off and trapped behind enemy lines, Zeric faces his worst nightmare; the fate of thousands of lives and possibly the entire Union, rest with his decisions.


The explosion shattered the window above Zeric’s head. Oops, he thought. That hadn’t been intended. In the distance, he could just make out the light from the fire started by the explosion.

“Looks like Gu’od made his delivery,” Zeric commented to the Terran boy beside him.

Kumus Stryker smiled, “You said he wouldn’t disappoint, General.”

The reverence with which Kumus said his title still made Zeric uncomfortable. Despite having been a general for more than two months, and most of that time in command of the stranded Union Army on Sulas, he still hated it. To be fair, Kumus had acted the same way when the boy had been his aid back on Enro.

Aristeia trivia!

  • The image of Zeric is based on a friend of mine, who is also a big hockey fan.
  • Two short stories on my website flesh out the background of some secondary characters who play an important role in this story.
  • The whole Aristeia series steals elements from old stories and roleplay games through out my life. Maarkean came into existence as an Elf ranger I made for a D&D campaign when I was 13. We never actually played that adventure but the name stuck.
  • The early concept of the book included a scene where Saracasi takes the Audacious to Earth and attacks Alliance ships, John Paul Jones style.

Aristeia: Tree of Liberty will be available June 15th (ebook) and July 1st (hardcover and paperback) from these retailers:

Grey Gecko Press (direct, all formats, wholesale discounts available for all formats)

Amazon (Kindle, Paperback, and Hardcover)

Barnes and Noble (Nook – ePub, Paperback, and Hardcover)

Kobo Books (Kobo – ePub)

Kindle and epub are priced at $4.99, trade paperback is $14.99, and hardcover is $24.99. (Pre-ordering via Grey Gecko Press will give you a 10% discount.)

About the Author

Wayne Basta, authorWayne currently lives in Houston with his wife, son and their dog. He remains a fan of geek culture, board games, video games, fantasy, science fiction and all around silliness. You can connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, and his website.