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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 12, 2022
In my opinion, the Four Horsemen Universe (4HU being the common shorthand) is THE most amazing shared universe of stories I have been privileged to read. In this story, one of the original creators of this incredible family of stories gives us a tale that is in some ways a prequel to the "main" story but expands the ideas and concepts of the series to new heights. I unreservedly recommend this book, though I do recommend, if you are new to the series, to read the first four of the Four Horsemen novels and the novel Black and White that sets the stage for this book.
For followers of the series, we learn more about the humans that fled earth to protect the inadvertently uplifted dolphins and orcas (Black and White). Aided and "improved" by the mysterious Caretaker the small group of humans, bot-sha (uplifted bottlenose dolphins) and kil-sha (uplifted killer whales), they try to make their way in a hostile galaxy full of ancient plots and more ancient forces slowly coming to light to finish a war started millennia ago.
The downside to the story is that there is clearly more to tell, and I hope that we will have more stories of these characters in the future. And while things do look grim for the humans and their uplifted allies, there are hints and seeds of something that the the "Great Powers" of the galaxy are learning throughout the wider storyline.
You should have left the Terrans alone -- not just the terrestrial ones.