Merciless. Relentless. Unstoppable.
The first intelligent species to encounter mankind attacked without warning. Merciless. Relentless. Unstoppable. With little hope of halting the invasion, Earth's last roll of the dice was to dispatch three colony ships, seeds of Earth, to different parts of the galaxy. The human race would live on . . . somewhere.
150 years later, the planet Darien hosts a thriving human settlement, which enjoys a peaceful relationship with an indigenous race, the scholarly Uvovo. But there are secrets buried on Darien's forest moon. Secrets that go back to an apocalyptic battle fought between ancient races at the dawn of galactic civilization. Unknown to its colonists, Darien is about to become the focus of an intergalactic power struggle where the true stakes are beyond their comprehension. And what choices will the Uvovo make when their true nature is revealed and the skies grow dark with the enemy?
The story is told from the angle of a dozen or more characters and the writing is professional, the worlds are interesting, and there are a good deal of different worlds and cultures and politics --much of which frankly seems to be showing off in a sense as they don't have any peculiar relation to the story other than to imply that the galaxy is richly filled with many species and polities.
Earth is associated with a larger hegemony which might not have the best interests of the relatively backward and politically powerless humans, and the world of Darien, recently brought into notoriety as many species are interested in its deeper secrets and potential power, conspire and control the small world.
Entertaining...fun, and while not perfect, enjoyable.
Having read all three books in the series, perhaps the greatest compliment I can give it is that it was extremely disappointing. That is probably because the author got much too ambitious. By the end of the trilogy, the author has introduced no less than 14 poorly developed factions and almost as many species. Perhaps someone exists that can pull that off, but not this author. The writing is flat, the characters are not compelling and don't seem to grow, the story is poorly developed, and there are so many loose ends that the conclusion looks careless.
SPOILER ALERT: The author seems to forget that a large portion of the human race is secretly enslaved to malicious artificial intelligences.
The big bad guys that took 3 books to arrive are vanquished seemingly within 20 page of their appearance.
The unfathomable enemy that should be impossible to vanquish is killed by something as simple as his own over active conscience. Deus Ex Machina at its worst.
SPOILERS END. In other words, I cannot recommend this book. I encourage the author to spend more time refining his writing before attempting another book, paying special attention to story boards and character development. One final criticism, the way the book is written, it seems like the main characters never have any effect on the outcome of their situation. At some points I found myself wondering why they were even along for the ride.