This book had a satisfying taste/feel of the original Bloody Sun thru Traitor's Sun books, despite the death of the author Marion Zimmer Bradley. I hope that more of her notes and writings survive that can be executed by skilled co-authors such as Deborah Ross. I'd recommend reading the whole series of Terran Second Age books in the order listed on the timeline - The Bloody Sun, Heritage of Hastur, The Planet Savers, Sharra's Exile, World Wreckers, Exile's Song, The Shadow Matrix, and Traitor's Sun. I'd also throw in reading several of the Age of Chaos books - Stormqueen, Hawkmistress, Fall of Neskaya, Zandru's Forge, and A Flame in Hali - as these have direct references to people and motivations in the later books. Also, the forbidden circle is also key to some people in the book - from books The Spell Sword, The Forbidden Tower, The Winds of Darkover, and Star of Danger. ALL the books can be read as standalone novels - many were written out of sequence and from the first person of different characters, but these later books in the Terran Era of the series are more enjoyable if you start with earlier books. Good luck and happy reading - hope you enjoy this whole series. This book is currently the last chronologically in the series as of 2008, and more than I could have hoped for several years after the death of the author!