Book OneEdit

"The Klingon Empire is dying… and I think it deserves to die."
With those words, Lieutenant Ezri Dax propelled Lieutenant Commander Worf to the most fateful decision of his life—to vanquish Klingon leader Gowron in honorable combat and install in his place a low-born, one-eyed soldier of the empire who might lead their people back to the path of honor.
Under the weighty mantle of chancellor, General Martok led the forces of the empire to victory in the final Allied assault against the Dominion. Now, with Worf at his side as the newly appointed Federation ambassador to Qo'noS, Martok at last is coming home, bringing with him the hope of a bright new future for his people.
But the new chancellor's triumphant return to the Klingon homeworld is met by treachery and upheaval. As the demons of the general's past rise up, so too does a usurper to the Imperial Throne, one who knows exactly how to crush Martok and all who stand with him—and who won't be satisfied until they are ashes under the foundation of a new Klingon Empire.

Book TwoEdit

"The true test of a warrior is not is within."
Sins of the past collide with hopes for the future as Martok fights for the right to lead the Klingon Empire. With the secret of his usurper exposed, the ousted chancellor and his ragtag band of followers embark on a desperate plan to retake the empire.
But while Worf, Ezri Dax, and the crew of the IKS Rotarran go in search of the Klingons' most revered icon of power, Martok is dealt the most crushing blow of all -- driving him to make his final stand on the ice-strewn cliffs of sacred Boreth. As that frozen world reverberates with the song of armies and bat'leths clashing, the mystery of Martok's past, and the future of the Klingon Empire, is revealed.



AngwarB'TakBarnumAnnup BommuSam BowersDarokEzri DaxDrex, son of MartokGothmara, daughter of KultanGrot, son of AngwarHur'q 22Iris HumeJarounK'EhleyrK'mothK'mtecK'racK'TarKahless (clone)Kar-TelaKira NerysKorathKursLazhna, daughter of MartokLeskitLukaraM'KecMaapekManxMartok, son of UrthogMorjod, son of MartokNganeOkadoOrtakinPharhQ'rattRikuWilliam RossAlexander RozhenkoShen, daughter of MartokSithalaSirella, daughter of LinkasaStarnTamalTongWorf, son of Mogh
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Ag'helAktajJulian BashirBormaCaqChanToghCharakCh'TanCh'VrasDataDaxCurzon DaxJadzia DaxTorias DaxDeathMatthew DeckerEvuFateFek'lhrGortGothsparGowronGratachGreat AuditorIkat'ikaIshkaKahless the UnforgettableKarg (diplomat)KevasJames T. KirkKl'VokKlowKorKorothKultanLarokLinkasaLord of the DeadMa'AcyMarasaMarnaMawkMirtMogh, son of WorfMow'gaMubarakIsaac NewtonPadwaJean-Luc PicardQuirmReclawRikuRomHelena RozhenkoSergey RozhenkoShiVangBenjamin SiskoSmarkSor'chaSurakDeanna TroiT'ChenThruzenTodokhTor'ashUrthogV'TecZekZheffra


BorethBoreth MonasteryDeep Space 9Emperor's AmphitheaterQo'noSFederation EmbassyGreat HallGreat Victory ThoroughfareTaklar TempleKa'Toth plainsKetha lowlandsLake LursorLocal Service Road Number 82ShranaSlums of Tor'aq
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Alpha CentauriBajorCardassiaChak'okDivine TreasuryEarthFerenginarGamma QuadrantGre'thorHall of CommerceHellHromi ClusterIndiaInternment Camp 371Ja'GokorKri'stak volcanoMinskPraxisQuark'sRomulusSappora VIITrelka VTrillTy'GokorVault of Eternal DestitutionVeridian IIIVulcan

Starships and vehiclesEdit

IKS B'MothIKS Chak'taIKS Ch'TangIKS GothsparIKS Kem'AIKS KerlaLionIKS M'ganathMorjod's HammerIKS Negh'VarIKS OranthoIKS RotarranShenIKS Spear of KaltadIKS Ti'voHWardrobeWitchIKS Ya'Vang
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USS EnterpriseUSS Enterprise-DUSS Enterprise-EIKS GorkonUSS MekongFlare

Races and culturesEdit

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Alpha CentauranAndorianCardassianJem'HadarRomulanVortaVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

Allied Ninth FleetBajoran MilitiaHouse of KultanHouse of MartokKataiKlingon EmpireKlingon Defense ForceStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsYan-Isleth
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Celestial BoardCelestial Secretarial PoolDominionFederation AllianceFederation CouncilRomulan SenateRomulan Star Empire

Other referencesEdit

Antarean torekadora dancebaba yagabaconBarge of the DeadBat'lethBattle of CardassiaBattle of Tcha'vothbeerbiological weaponborschtch'takcha'ta'rokColumns of KolothConstitution classCordine OrangeD'deridex-classdaghDahar MasterDiHnaqDominion Wardraq tapeEmissary of the ProphetsEternal BankruptcyFek'lhraktFerengi languageFerengi Rule of AcquisitionFool's SongfraxfrinxgaghgenTagghIntaqgongraqHand of Kahlesshoverbikeiron thorn treejackaljajlo'Sto-Vo-KorJarqjybokK'pektKahless and Lukaraka'TarlkKl'Vokian forceskr'mactKr'tachkelboniteKhacKhitomer AccordsKlingoneseKlingon Civil WarKlingon operalionMalsandra's DeathMek'lethmInn'Drel ground carNewtonian forcesoilOort cloudP and L statementPADDpeppadugh spicePinocchiopuja butterQieltauquartzraktajinoRings of Narath-anazherune-versesabre bearscorra grassselohshumskritzspearSporak 460stodSword of Kahlesstakthermocretetika catvar'hama candleVor'cha-classwitchwizardwolf


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The novel was co-written by Jeffrey Lang and J.G. Hertzler, the actor who portrayed Martok on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. As Lang explained in a post on Trekbbs in July 2014, he was brought in at a later stage in the creative process, adding to and changing Hertzler's first draft:

Writing Left Hand was a much different process (than Abyss). J.G was much more involved. He developed a very detailed outline (with Marco's assistance, I believe) and wrote a first draft. The reason they brought me in was because 1.) J.G. had to go onto other projects and 2.) While his draft was fascinating, it wasn't exactly a novel. In fact, it read much more like a play -- a Shakespearean play, at that. All the characters spoke in very high-flown language and were bigger than life. It was exhilarating... and exhausting. As I recall -- and it's been a while -- I tried to reuse as much of J.G.'s prose as I could, but it was very difficult to incorporate. Key speeches were used, but I had to pretty much start over from chapter 1 and retool with an eye toward making it "novel-like." Inevitably, I ended up adding characters and scenes. I'm very proud of Pharh, the Ferengi character. He was all mine.


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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch publications and stories
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Short stories and novellas "Horn and Ivory" • "The Officers' Club" • Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found)Rules of AccusationI, The Constable
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