If you're looking for action: This is it.
If you want suspense: it's there.
How about sci-fi with a riveting plot: check.
Sprinkles of humor: Yup.
Believable characters: checked - twice.
Definitely worth price & time.
Damn! I absolutely love Tarayla. I really really want to leave a glowing review of Sam & Samantha as well. I see the other reviewers are brimming with positive superlatives - so maybe its just me.
I got lost in the story several times. I never figured out if the rebuilding of the "Elanth" became the "Princess star" or the "Princess Star" emerged from somewhere else. I can't find a rechristening anywhere. A lot of the times people were someplace or other it wasn't clear to me why they were there.
I truly am sorry but this novel just doesn't work for me.
Hopefully the author won't let one less than glowing review discourage him from further writing.