Although this is a fantasy/sci-fi novel, it does, like all good novels, explore the human dilemmas and condition and it does it very well. The interactions between the two species (Brin's and Humans) remind us of moral questions such as; racism, prejudice, prejudgment, greed, the greater good, service, and of course, love.
This is a good adventure, an interesting new world and a sweet story in places. I enjoyed this book, outside of my usual genre and happily award it a very strong four stars. I would be happy to read Book One in the series now and I think that's as big a compliment as I can pay Mr Cronin.