This book was a sweet surprise. I haven't read any sci-fi for quite a while so I wasn't sure about picking it up, but I'm glad I did. In some ways it reminded me of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. If the author chooses to, he certainly can turn this into a living and breathing galactic history series full of twists and turns. The book is well-written and not only does it have galactic battles, the characters are well-defined and have depth. The story is engrossing, and although it stands alone, it is set up for a sequel. I can't wait for the next one!