Top positive review
Imaginative SF with very likable characters and a friendship that brought me joy.
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2022
This book was exactly what I wanted: imaginative, compelling science fiction with likable characters and a strong friendship. Spoilers ahead. The book is narrated by Esen, a shapeshifting alien, very young for her kind at a mere 500 years or so. There's a strong plot in which Esen finds herself in frequent peril. There's a succession of varied and fascinating alien species. There's an unusual and well-done riff on shapeshifting. And, best of all, there's the friendship that Esen forms with the human, Paul Ragem. Happily, this is the first in a trilogy, and I will proceed straight to book two.
Four out of five shifting stars.
About my reviews: I try to review every book I read, including those that I don't end up enjoying. The reviews are not scholarly, but just indicate my reaction as a reader, reading being my addiction. I am miserly with 5-star reviews; 4 stars means I liked a book very much; 3 stars means I liked it; 2 stars means I didn't like it (though often the 2-star books are very popular with other readers and/or are by authors whose other work I've loved).