I first got aquainted with MZB by reading my sister-in-law's MZB's Fantasy magazine. I'm not that into fantasy that much, but I was curious about her writing, since most of the short stories in her magazine aren't hers. I wanted a short book that wouldn't take me long, and once I discovered the Darkover series, I decided to start with the first one. It had me hooked quickly when I discovered the premise was somewhat paralleling some Star Trek/Next Gen books. It kind of made a left turn from where I thought it would go, but it was still an interesting story that has me curious about the other books in the Darkover series. It's a good book for those who enjoy SF and would like to add a little variety to their diet. It is a bit short, so you won't have much time lost if you discover it's not for you. Check it out.