I didn't realise when I bought this that it's the first in a series so I found the ending disappointing, though it's actually a reasonable ending for a series.
The book is quite confusing to start with but cleverly draws you in and the confusion unwinds as you gradually learn what is happening. I won't say too much about the plot, then, as it's difficult to do so without spoilers, but it's well written and keeps you interested.
The characters, philosophy, and action do not have any great depth but it's an entertaining bit of space opera. For myself, I quite enjoyed the book but found at the end I'm not in sympathy enough with any of the characters to want to read the next book. Don't let that put you off, I'm probably not in the demographic it's aimed at (middle aged woman). Well worth it's price.
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)