This book is mainly a romance novel that takes place in the future. It's a fairly shallow romance -- the two main characters, who happen to be leaders among their people, accidentally meet and fall instantly in love. Sure, other things happen around them, but that's the main element of the book. I'm usually a fan of romantic plotlines, but this one didn't have enough depth to hold much interest. The characters felt two-dimensional, and for a romance to draw me in I need to really care about the people in the story. The whole thing felt like a "paint by numbers" version of a space romance. There's nothing wrong with it really, just nothing especially right, either.
This was my first Skolian Empire novel, and I think one will be enough.
I was also a bit annoyed by the narrator's mispronounciations. That's usually something I can brush off -- after thousands of words spoken perfectly, anybody is entitled to miss one or two. But repeated mispronounciation of an often-used, key word is a little jarring.
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