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.