Re: Charting the Novel-verse
It does follow up a cliffhanger from the third worlds of DS9 story, and sets up some events that are followed up on in the following DS9 books, and the books in another series. But, if you want you could still probably read it by itself, it just won't have quite the impact as it would if you'd read the events leading into, and continue the story into the next books.
They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance. - Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites