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The Caverns of Casnitania
Book one of the Aspirian Trilogy
a faith sci-fi novel by R. LeRoy Green
author of The Zealot
THE CAVERNS OF CASNITANIA, volume one in the Aspirian Trilogy, is a science fiction novel set on the distant three-mooned planet of Aquaterra, a world of vast archipelagos and harsh weather extremes whose inhabitants, although they have had no contact with Earth, are nonetheless distinctly human both in form and in temperament.
As on Earth, different societies have developed, each with their own cultures, institutions, and beliefs. The most powerful and most technologically advanced is the Sovereign Empire of the Great Central Archipelago, commonly called CenArc, whose scientists and engineers are leading an early machine-age industrial revolution.
Dominating CenArc are the Casnitanian people, most of whom live in primitive caves and caverns or in sophisticated excavations in the hardrock mountains of Casnitania, the largest island in the archipelago. The emperor enforces a state religion upon his subjects which teaches that only Casnitanians were created by The Great Maker and all other peoples were made by lesser gods.
But Therranon, an advanced engineering student, has always been skeptical of the teaching, and after visiting an ancient religious shrine, he has reasons to suspect that the original Casnitanian religion had been deliberately corrupted by the early emperors in order to control the population and justify imperial expansion.
When Therranon meets and falls in love with a foreign diplomat’s daughter, Chelandria, the state religion’s anti-miscegenation laws become a personal issue for him. The covert assasination of Chelandria’s father further complicates matters, and Therranon embarks on a dangerous quest to learn who was behind the murder and why. What he discovers has dire ramifications far beyond anything he could have imagined.