I really didn't like this book. Lots of annoying fantasy tropes, including excessive use of made-up words when English would do just fine, excessive use of random apostrophes in said words, and the usual presumption that "good" races are tall, pale, and willowy, while "bad" races are dark and short. Alien races are inconsistent - even though they are supposed to have non-human motivations, every time the humans really *need* then to react humanly, they do. Plot wasn't especially complex, but the fact that everyone's names were a random combination of A's, R's, and apostrophes made it hard to keep track of who was doing what.
This book is set in the same world as HUNTERS OF THE RED MOON, but is not exactly a sequel.
The iduve were the most advanced spacefaring race in the galaxy. They travelled where they pleased in giatn city-sized vessels, taking what they pleased, engrossed with their own affairs. the iduve were humanoids--with a difference: they were predators incapable of human emotions.
Aiela was a world-survey officer who found himself abducted to live and serve the iduve clanship Ashanome. Forcibly mind-linked with two other humans, life became for him a wholly different thing---a life lived on three levels and intended for dedication to the service of his captors.
But events involving a himan world that had become prey to the Ashanome were to bring out some major contradictions and confrontations--among individuals, among ships, among planets, and among races . . .
This was my first experience with a CJ Cherryh book. I liked it so much I now have two shelves (each about 5 feet long) filled with books by this author.