This book is rather different in style from the first of the four Jaran novels. In this novel, second in the series a few years ater the end of "Jaran", Soerenson is visiting the Jaran along with some of his aides and a troupe of Earth actors, with the goals of exploring the Chapalii monument that Tess discovered in the prequel and persuading Tess to return with him. A final goal is gradually furthering the evolution of Jaran and Rhuian culture, with the expectation that they will eventually recontact galactic society. The visit takes place against the backdrop of Bakhtiaan's continuing campaign of conquest.
The story generally involves far less action, and a bit less sex, than the first book.
Elliott's work is always complex and intriguing. Her characters are fully developed entering this book, but she manages to flesh them out further. Anyone who read the first Jaran book or her latest series, "Crown of Stars," will love this book.
Great book but make sure to get book two at the same time because this one doesn't really end.
This is a good fanatasy story.
Really good series of books after the first novel. Although you don't have to read them if you read Jaran. Jaran ends good enough to not need follow up. The writing is fantastic. The first two books of The Sword of Heaven should actually be one. My only problem with the series is that it really isn't finished off. The Rebellion against the alien race is barely addressed by the end of the third book. It also doesn't touch enough on the alien race until the halfway point of the third book. It was very intriguing reading about them, but I felt sort of robbed. I just wanted more of that part. It doesn't take away form the books just my preference. Really interesting read and honestly quite profound in a lot of ways.