Brenda Cooper's first solo book "The Silver Ship and the Sea", wasn't that thrilling, and while the second one, "Reading the Wind," was better, it wasn't better enough to make me immediately jump into "Wings of Creation" (Tor, $27.99, 382 pages) - though in retrospect I should have.
Cooper has improved markedly in each of the three books, and now has a firm grasp on the characters and setting of a series about six genetically augmented children raised on a remote world. After suffering discrimination, if not persecution, on that provincial planet, they have now found themselves as key players in an interstellar struggle involving several worlds.
In "The Wings of Creation," they find themselves on Lopali, a constructed planet populated with humans who have been given wings - but cannot reproduce. Cooper takes all of these elements and delivers a very solid installment in this series, which is apparently going to go on for a while. But if she keeps improving, the more sequels the better.