“Fascinating . . . May has cemented her position as one of this generation's foremost storytellers. . . .This satisfying end to a remarkable feat of the imagination is a necessary purchase.”—Library Journal
By the mid-twenty-first century, humanity is beginning to enjoy membership in the Galactic Milieu. Human colonies are thriving on numerous planets, life on Earth is peaceful and prosperous, and as more humans are being born with metapsychic abilities, it will not be long before these gifted minds at last achieve total Unity.
But xenophobia is deeply rooted in the human soul. A growing corps of rebels plots to keep the people of Earth forever separate, led by a man obsessed with human superiority: Marc Remillard. Marc's goal is nothing less than the elevation of human metapsychics above all others, by way of artificial enhancement of mental faculties. His methods are unpalatable, his goal horrific. And so Marc and his coconspirators continue their work in secret.
Only the very Unity he fears and abhors can foil Marc's plans. And only his brother, Jack the Bodiless, and the young woman called Diamond Mask can hope to lead the metaconcert to destroy Marc, Unify humanity, and pave the way for the Golden Age of the Galactic Milieu to begin . . .
“A certain crowd-pleaser.”—Kirkus Reviews
Though billed as the "finale" to May's Galactic Milieu Trilogy (Jack the Bodiless; Diamond Mask), this convoluted adventure creates more confusions than conclusions. By the middle of the 21st century, certain humans have achieved superior psychic abilities that have prompted a group of alien species to invite humanity to join their Galactic Milieu, a telepathic alliance. But Rebel forces (who are often led astray by the evil Fury and its children, the Hydra) fight against entering the Milieu, so humanity can remain separate and sovereign. Told from multiple viewpoints, the novel's touchstone is Rogatien Remillard, who is writing a history of his powerful clan. The story line courses through the marriage of Diamond Mask and Jack the Bodiless, the uncovering of the identity of the Fury and the completion of some mind-enhancing scientific projects that will enable human minds to become the most powerful in the galaxy. While the narrative may confuse those unfamiliar with the earlier volumes, series fans should find that, though it may not deserve its own magnificat, it definitely merits some praise.