As is often the case, for me anyway, I was a little bit lost at the beginning trying to get my head around some of the concept's and terminologies Vann introduced me to in her particular world. No matter, though, once I got to the meat and guts of the story it was a simple tale of survival, guts, and determination on a far-flung frontier, this one just happening to be on a planet in a far away galaxy.
I found many of the story's characters intriguing. The whole idea of matching a human with another alien species as part of the way of keeping peace throughout the galaxies was a great idea. I especially liked the idea of many of the older humans back on earth being kept in the dark as to the existence of aliens elsewhere in the Universe. They continued to live their lives blissfully unaware of what their children were up to.
This was a book with plenty of action, adventure, and fascinating characters. It was clear there was more to come from this writer in these worlds and with these characters. I am especially keen to see more details of the nestling's society brought to the fore in future books. A very good read for me and it made me want for more, so a solid four stars to Tacenda and Christine Jayne Vann.