As far as I am concerned this book was perhaps not perfect but it was definitely one of the better ones in the Kris Longknife series. It is a direct continuation of the previous book, Emissary, which means that Kris has discovered that she is thrown into the deep end together with the sharks and being an Emissary does not even begin to cover it.
In a way this book concludes the trilogy that started with Universe in Danger. However, in a way, it is also just the end of the beginning. It is a very good and solid piece of military science fiction adventure. Mr. Weil has created a universe with great potential for future adventures of all kinds and I certainly would expect to see more books coming.