I enjoyed this. I liked how the Talarian story was resolved mostly by just a bunch of people talking it out in a back room. Seems real to me. And a little less preachy that the Kinshaya story.
But my favorite part was probably T'Ryssa. I especially liked the conversation between Trys and Jazz towards the end of chapter 1. Trys talking about the Holy Order of the Kinshaya, who she compairs to griffins. And then, while talking about the "peacenik" movement, refers to them as "hippie-griffs". I see what you did there, Christopher. Hippogriff indeed