" This isn't the best Culture book I've ever read. Nor is it the worst (I might have to try Matter again sometime >.<). What it is is a fairly exciting yarn, with lots of ships, explosions, and intrigue... And a complete lack of pay off. The big secret is a let down and while, admittedly, the characters do sit back and go, "Really, that's it?" rather than trying to make it like it's something amazing (Another Out of Context Problem!?) I have to wonder at the logic of working with that sort of end in mind. "
— Josh, 1/22/2014