Catherine Asaro
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The Ruby Dice

Two men, two empires. Jaibriol rules the Eubian Concord: over two trillion people across more than a thousand worlds and habitats. Kelric rules the Skolian Imperialate. Ten years ago, Jaibriol lost his parents in the final battle of the Radiance War between the Concord and the Imperialate. Now war again threatens to devastate vast swathes of the galaxy.
Neither Jaibriol nor Kelric want war, but neither is complete master of his realm. And each hides a secret that, if revealed, might be his downfall. Unbeknownst to most of his people, Jaibriol is a psion with telepathic abilities. Psions are treated as slaves by the Traders in the Eubian Concord--slaves tortured for the pleasure of their owners.
Kelric hides the truth about his whereabouts for nearly two decades during the war. He had been a prisoner and slave on the planet Coban, part of neither empire, until he managed to escape. If the Skolian Imperialate knew of his captivity, demands for vengeance would ravage Coban, killing the wife and children Kelric left behind when he escaped.
Neither man knows how much longer he can keep his secret—nor how much longer they can hold back the impending war and an even greater threat that could destroy hundreds of inhabited worlds.
The latest adventure in the Skolian Empire series.
From Baen Books, January 2008. 
"...an exciting outer space thriller..."
--Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round Reviews