I did not know what to expect. It was described to me as "science fiction romance." Yes, it's romance. But it's the BEST kind of romance--that sort which begins with PEOPLE, builds on your love of the characters, leads you to places where you can envision what may happen--and then leaves certain things to your imagination. Simply put, the Armada series is romantic story-telling at its best, against a science fiction backdrop that is fascinating and easy to understand--even for a sci-fi newbie like me. It is adventure and romance similar to that of Alexandre Dumas or Jane Austen--the type that makes you want to read the books again and again.