It's hard to be named Heir to the Kha-Khan, Lord of the Earth. It's even harder to be in that position at a time when the realm is under threat as a result of a visit by an ambassador for the Empire of the Known Universe.
What the Empire wants from Tarvaras is the tears of the Longivex poppy, a drug essential to the well being of its ruling class. And when the empire needs something badly, conquest of one kind or another usually follows.
Original title: Before the Sun Falls
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Adventure→ Militaristic