This is the sequel to Fortune's Pawn, a book I quite liked. This one didn't turn out so well though. The storyline is darker, and lots of the fun characters from the first book are turned into assholes. The story also tries to raise the stakes to be this huge galactic threat, and I didn't really feel that it worked out. I preferred the small and interesting interpersonal stories from the first one. Finally, some of the newness had worn off for the concept, and the tropes are starting to show. This was reasonably acceptable space-opera product, but it didn't really warm my heart the way the first one did.