I love sprawling sci-fi sagas, and I enjoyed this book. This very, very lengthy book. It's quite a complex story involving an evil empire, a noble family, antagonistic protagonists, hurt, betrayal, forgiveness, redemption, love and wicked space battles. I would have given it full marks, if not for the weird, stilted quality of the writing. Giroux writes with such restraint that it almost comes out as blandly clinical. Something terrible would happen and I was just, like: "Oh. Okay. That sucks." But I didn't really feel it. But even with its variable pacing, it was a satisfying read. I definitely will pick the rest of the trilogy.