" This book is unique stylistically, being a romance novel that is also a relatively non-violent space opera that is also an engineered metaphor for quantum mechanical interactions. I enjoyed the opportunity the book gave me to read something from a genre that I have never read before, and I liked the language and images Asaro uses-- mounts that are silvery-violet furred felines or crystal six legged stags, stained glass forests, ruby empires. Its all very romantic and lush. The plot and setting started out great, but after Kamoj leaves for space it becomes somewhat more run-of-the-mill, with your standard ancient, sentient alien artifacts, and political disputes. "
— Moonglum, 2/20/2014