Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2020
The 7th book in the Duchy of Terra universe, Glynn Stewart's universe in which Terra (Earth) has become a duchy of an imperial star empire. The book picks up 10 years after the events of the last trilogy and explores the thread of the ancient 'Precursors' - a galaxy spanning empire that died out following an ill advised 'experiment' to change the laws of physics.
I need to stress this is not 'hard science fiction' - it is what may be commonly referred to as 'space opera' so if you are looking for hard technology descriptions you may be disappointed. But if you are looking for a gripping story, constructed in a consistent world / universe then this book is one I strongly recommend.
Reading the previous books in the series is strongly recommended as many of the plot points and storylines stretch back to some of the first books. The author does an outstanding job of revealing plot points that are actually foreshadowed in previous books - 'surprises' that the author reveals are cleverly hidden in previous books - which makes you want to go back and reread passages from previous stories in the series - those 'ah ha!' moments that make books readable over and over again.
Summary - another well written book from Glynn Stewart, an author who is following the traditions of story telling in a science fiction setting that are a tribute to the lineage of great sci fi story tellers going back to 1930s - well done book - strongly recommended.