This was a great read. There are several storylines that are advanced throughout and the way in which everything is brought to resolution was, for me, very satisfying. The book manages to stand on its own, meaning you don’t have to have read the earlier books to enjoy it; however, those who have read the others will have a different and perhaps richer appreciation for what the author has done here. If you’re a fan of sci/fi this is a great read. If you’re a fan of the author’s earlier work it’s a must read. Good pacing and just an all around well done book. I could make comparisons to other books that are in a similar vein but don’t want to spoil the experience or mislead anyone. Just read it, you won’t be sorry.