Belarus starts off somewhat confusing as you're introduced to the plot, characters, and technology, but settles into a decent pace (I read the book in one day). At points you find yourself tempted to move slightly ahead of the text to skip the dull parts. The fantasy aspect is very light, but is slightly confusing. Overall, this book reminded me of a movie based on a book...just the significant highlights of the whole story...slightly disjointed. Several times you find yourself a bit lost and have to go back to re-read the last passages to figure out what has just happened. Overall a good book but slightly unsatisfying.
This book turned out to be almost as good as I'd hoped! Good characters and an absorbing plot, with a quasi-Russian theme.
It's a planet ripe for a new vision-of a glorious past that once was, and could be again. Andrei Mironenko, a powerful magnate in the Star republic, believes the pristine planet of Belarus is uninhabited and unspoiled.
He didn't dig deep enough.