Cherryh is excellent at taking human tribal cultures as her guide for alien species and combining them with her imagination to create people at once familiar and alien to western minds. Here she uses the Tuareg culture (NOT Beduin or Samurai!) almost exactly - the kel, the honour code, the veil, the female leader, the philosophy, the fatalism. She even, as she does in the Foreigner series (whcih is based on japanese), uses words from Tamachec, the Tuareg language,for the mri.
Yes, I would like to read more of these people, to see some hope brought into their lives. Cherryh is very good at getting her reader to identify with her subjects, and in this book, knowing the Tuareg, seeing the mri suffer a similar fate, I found it difficult to put down.