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From the back cover: Now begins the final battle of the Prophets and the Pah-wraiths within the nightmarish realm of nonlinear time -- as the greatest epic adventure in the saga of Deep Space 9 -- reaches its staggering conclusion....

As predicted in ancient Bajoran texts, the Celestial Temple has been restored, ending normal space-time existence for all except Captain Benjamin Sisko and those trapped on the Starship Defiant and the Klingon warship Boreth. But as apocalyptic war rages between the Prophets and the Pah-wraiths, one last chance for survival beckons -- a return to Deep Space 9.

Yet, in the realm of nonlinear time, it appears that there are two possible times at which Sisko and his allies can return to the station: on the day of the Cardassian Withdrawal, or on the day six years later when DS9 was destroyed. But which choice will lead to the triumph of the Prophets? And which to eternal victory for the Pah-wraiths? With time literally running out and the fate of the universe in his hands, Sisko now must confront his own personal inferno -- in order to change the past and restore the present, he must be ready to make the ultimate sacrifice... his future....



Regular characters
Julian BashirJadzia DaxDukatVic FontaineLeetaMornNogMiles O'BrienOdoJean-Luc PicardQuarkRomBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoWeyounWorfWinn
Other characters
Arla ReesKilanaDal NortronLoremObanak KeelenRulanBenny RussellRyle SimonsS'reltVash
Prophet guises
Marion DulmurKoralLeenLocutusGariff LucslyMartokJean-Luc PicardJackie RobinsonWilliam RossRulanSatrLwaxana TroiVashKai Winn
Referenced characters
AilamKosst AmojanHarry BelafonteHarry BlackstoneDataAlbert EinsteinErisFelixHalberstadtKeevanJames T. KirkLeenMardahMarklarLeonard McCoyNeeronQAlexander RozhenkoSatrRod SerlingInger StevensVashLewis Zimmerman


Alpha QuadrantBajorCirran MountainsDeep Space 9Rondac III
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Alpha CentauriBourbon StreetDenevaEbbets FieldGilgo BeachHobokenKri'stak volcanoLas VegasMcCarran International AirportMoravian LaneNew New OrleansNorpin colonyPike City StadiumStar of BajorTimbuktuVenus

Starships and vehiclesEdit

AlphaUSS BorethUSS DefiantUSS Phoenix
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USS AugustusUSS DestinyUSS Enterprise

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Bajoran AscendancyBajoran MilitiaStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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BamarrenFederation Department of Temporal InvestigationsObsidian OrderRomulan AssemblyRutgers UniversitySpecial Investigations UnitStarfleet Institute Press

Other referencesEdit

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Background informationEdit

  • A similar plot is present in the game The Fallen.

External linkEdit


published order
Previous novel:
The War of the Prophets
DS9 unnumbered novels Next novel:
Hollow Men
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The War of the Prophets
Pocket Next Adventure:
Previous Adventure:
The War of the Prophets
Deep Space Nine Adventures Next Adventure:
Tears of the Prophets
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2374.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
A Stitch in Time
Part 3; Chapters 3, 5
2369 Next Adventure:
The Fall of Terok Nor
Chapter 1
Previous Adventure:
Genesis Force
Part Three
Next Adventure:

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