I have to say that I am biased as she is one of my favorite story tellers and can write no wrong. If you dare, be ready to commit to a 16 or is it 17 book relationship for this series. This is book one. It was slow to start...but then...BUT THEN comes can't put it down and need to read what happens next mode.If you like Aliens (these are very well written Aliens), a bit of a mystery, murder, political intrigue then I suggest this book..and its the tip of the iceberg from what I gather. I literally have the next 15 books in a bag..by my bed..time to find book 2!!!