If you've read the earlier Chanur books (five star stuff if you like space opera) you'll be fully satisfied by the adventures of Pyanfar's neice Hilfy, in a story in which humans exist in the universe but don't turn up in the story. If you haven't, go directly to the Pride of Chanur without passing Meetpoint Station or collecting 200 credits, for space opera in the grand manner, intriguing aliens, and an alien perspective on humanity. Note that the earlier Chanur books, which are part of the Alliance/Union Universe [Downbelow Station etc - start with Heavy Time if you can find it], comprise Pride of Chanur and a sequel that was originally published as a trilogy in three volumes because it was too long for one - the volumes were NOT stand-alone novels. For some bizarre reason known only to the publisher, PoC and the first two are now only available as The Chanur Saga, and the third, Chanur's Homecoming, is separate. Very stupid, but if you buy both together you'll be okay, and the novels are worth it - my favourite Cherryh.
Someone mentioned that the Chanur books aren't as good as the Faded Sun trilogy. I've been saving those for a dry period, and since Finity's End doesn't come out until August, it looks like I may get my chance. All that aside, I actually found this book more enjoyable than the previous Chanur books, although a great deal of that comes from seeing Hilfy all grown up and taking on responsibilities of her own. We also get to know Compact space better, particularly the rich and mysterious stsho (such an irritating bunch, but a lot of fun to watch). The commentary on gender relations is still a major theme, and I like how Cherryh has addressed it in this series; these books have, on the whole, a lighthearted approach to the subject that prevents heavy-handedness from weighing down the story. The ending, as with most of Cherryh's books, leaves an opening for a sequel. Will we see one? Time will tell.
An older Hilfy and her crew of the Legacy take on a potentially prosperous contract for a Sstho ambassador, needless to say it gets a lil more complicated . A thoroughly enjoyable tale . And aunt Py's ever increasing mail