Top positive review
All I can say is that this is one helluva ride!
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2020
Through over 1300 pages, the author never lets up on the tension, the action, and the anxiety. The writing is vivid (I wanted to read it all in one sitting but even in COVID-times we got places to go) and characterizations generally distinctive and consistent. The ultimate EotU (Enemy of the Universe) even has a personality...
I really liked the framing device - a nearly immortal Empress of an Empire that initially sounds, well, not too horrible has such a deep-seated fear of being afraid that she build an empire just to have an impregnable fortress. Unfortunately, she makes a few really bad choices which awakens the EotU.
And then we have the heroes of the story - who have their own pathways through fear and pain. These characters - Anders, Dalia, Patch, and J-14 - all have to make some kind of a journey...with no obvious single outcome. I enjoyed the suspense and had to re-read some of the space warfare scenes just to make sure I got the geometry in my head.
Good stuff - I recommend this truly epic tale.