This is the second book in a long-running science fiction series and resumes the action soon after the end of book one (Foreigner). Both books center on Bren Cameron, a human translator/mediator amid a fascinating alien civilization. As with the first book, I found Bren hugely likable and his detailed viewpoint highly immersive. Having looked at some other readers' reviews, I see that opinion is split over whether the level of detail makes the text engaging or glacial. For me, it was a thorough page-turning pleasure. I mean to proceed to book three in short order. Highly recommended. 4.5 out of 5 hook-line-and-sinker stars.
About my reviews: I try to review every book I read, including those that I don't end up enjoying. The reviews are not scholarly, but just indicate my reaction as a reader, reading being my addiction. I am miserly with 5-star reviews; 4 stars means I liked a book very much; 3 stars means I liked it; 2 stars means I didn't like it (though often the 2-star books are very popular with other readers and/or are by authors whose other work I've loved).