The Light and the Loyalists by Viera Landis
Zaharina, an outcast in her desert clan, is used to hiding both her scars and her power. That is, until she meets Emir, a quirky college boy on a mission to foil a government plot that will plunge his people into danger.
When he passes out at her feet, she takes pity on him and he soon cracks her toughened exterior, convincing her to help him. But Zaharina has discovered a destiny of her own, and enemies trail close behind as they bring together an unlikely crew of chosen ones to help save the world from intergalactic war.
Join Zaharina and Emir on an exciting adventure of found family and self-discovery in this first installment of the Lodestar Diaries.