By Martha Wells.
This book starts out a little overwhelmingly with numerous characters introduced one after another. It gets a little better once you know who is important and the characters become a little more interesting. Still, the imagery and plot is a bit dry and it seems sort of like a bunch of characters that could have been interesting lose out in the interests of getting everything the author wanted into the book.
This book was only so-so, with a few of the characters being the most interesting part. Still, I'm a little disappointed there's not a sequel with the same characters in it. The story feels a bit unresolved and abrupt by itself.