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By Ellenaeddy on 15-01-13
A whirl of worlds.
This series is in many ways Cherryh's most accessible one. She takes on one species after another and makes them real as a dime. And comprehensible by their own lights. Without ever making them into humans with fur or feathers. It's a wonderful space opera, which I normally hate. But here, when the alliens are so alien and yet, somehow people you know, how can you resist?
Some whiny bits in the dialog. Listen to it and see what you think. It didn't ruin my enjoyment of the books.But you might feel differently.
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By Ingrid on 24-09-18
Best in the Series, but Unsatisfying Ending
I thought this was the most exciting book in the series. Pyanfar really shines as a heroic captain. I enjoyed learning more about Chur by reading some chapters from her perspective. Unfortunately, several of the key mysteries were not solved to my satisfaction. We never learned what the Knn's role in the whole affair was, which was a major issue even in book 1. Why was that Knn ship following them for 2 books, etc.? The human part was also woefully under-explained. The entire outcome of the conflict hinged on Tully saying to Pyanfar "don't trust the humans." Why? Because the compact might get dragged into their internal politics if they start trading with them? How is that tantamount to betrayal exactly? How is that different than the rest of the compact? And most importantly, their factional conflict doesn't effect the story at all. The humans don't effect the story much at all, despite their supposed power. Not 100% clear on the Mahen plan either. It is all so convoluted. Pyanfar becomes a "personage" and I want to yell at the screen "wtf is a personage, beyond my generic understanding that they are an important person? Why does this title mean anything to the Hanni?" I think in Cherryh's mind, everyone understands every nuance of her world perfectly without her having to explain it. A nudge or a hint here and there is enough. It's not enough! Frustratingly, a lot of time is spent on boring delirious stream of consciousness from Chur and even from Pyanfar. They are all on the verge of collapse from fatigue for 80% of the book. I found myself wishing they would get some sleep so the story could focus on something else. The next book is from Hilfi's perspective, and I will probably read it. Eventually.