I have read the whole series, it has now been several years following the evolution of the world after the Change. But this book as different from the rest. First much shorter, which in principle should not be an issue. But more importantly, it felt as Stirling was not sure if he was closing down the Artos sub-serie and setting the stage for the next generation, or if it was simply necessary to print something now, quickly, not conclusive, to then continue with the end of the Artos sub-series.
Not sure now if I will follow the next set of books.