...this is SF as it should be: savvy, space-smart and fascinating, filled with dazzling concepts and a genuine sense of wonder. THE AUSTRALIAN ("Scott Westerfeld sets a stage half the size of the universe, yet tells a very intimate and personal tale. His scope ranges from the politics of a galactic empire to the essence of what it means to be human. One of the best space operas I have read in a
Ingenious enough to call to mind Iain M. Banks (SFX
A cutting-edge space opera in which galactic cultures clash: human, inhuman and post-human.