1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2013
I bought a second-hand copy of one of the novels in this series, and it tempted me to buy the 3 omnibuses. I read the whole lot straight through - about 2500 pages in total. You can read the novels individually, and some characters only appear in two or three of the seven individual novels, but when you read the seven you get the whole tapestry. I admit to being wary of finding large sections of one or another of the omnibuses being not to my taste. Well, you certainly get long concentrations on particular characters. But in the end you are reading a well-written single story on a large canvas, based on humans who have developed several well-spaced planetary systems with some of the political, military and other aberrations that humans are prone to even with only our one planet. You may also feel at the end that some characters' stories are unfinished, but maybe Elizabeth Moon was just leaving room for a continuation if she had further ideas at a later date. That would be nice!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2013
Having read the rest of the series I did enjoy this book and it is well worth pushing through to the end. However, ths whole series can, at times be s bit slow in parts. But then it picks up again and can be a page turner. Overall very good, but by the end it fails to really answer one of the main questions it posses behind the story, what do you do if some people decide to live forever if science permits it.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2011
There's loads of space opera with heros. This one truely has a heroine who is a strong, dynamic leader without becoming too masculine and without falling into becoming infatuated by some minor character male.