I figured now that the book is reaching a wider audience, and some thoughts are starting in the Amazon.com / SoD thread, why not start a proper review / thoughts / spoiler thread, a la the Before Dishonor and Q&A threads. I really enjoyed this book, and I think I'll get even more out of it on a second reading. Great debut novel from Geoffrey Thorne. I liked the Orishans and the concept of how their race developed under the Eye. Modan's "battle mode" was very cool. I'm going to miss Jaza (or is he really gone? After all, with this talk of fate, and Destiny is on the horizon...). I felt the tension, particularly between Riker and Troi, and having them being so cuddly and close during the series, it was jarring but in a good (dramatic) way. And, already the fleet is down a Luna class ship. Nice one, Geoff. Other thoughts?