Whew.When I started this book I didn't know it was the third in a series.I'm glad I read it anyway.The plotting was entertaining and convoluted.It took me about sixty pages to figure out what was going on, but by that point I had become enamored of the characters and there was no way I was going to put the book down.I love reading about alien cultures and this book had that.From the writing I could tell the author had delved deeper into the alien culture in earlier books and I'm eager now to read those.