I'm just going to say up front, I don't play Eve. I genuinely can't stand the game. Which is a shame, because if Empyrean Age is anything to go by, the fiction behind it is great.
With Empyrean Age, author Tony Gonzales manages to weave together multiple narrative strands giving each faction their due attention. The politics seem very convincing, and whilst I'm hardly a political scientist, the individual machinations and maneuvorings of everyone involved is believable and compelling. You'll come to love the mis-matched dysfunctional crew of the Retford, despise Chamberlain Karsoth, feel conflicted about Tibus Heth, and alternately love and hate everyone in between.
And freaking huge space ship battles.
My only concern about the book is that it seems to end so abruptly. There is a satisfying conclusion of sorts for each strand, but it feels like book 1 of a larger cycle. Of course, it isnt. The narrative played out in the mmo and consequently I have missed it. Which is a shame.