I have read, enjoyed and even highly recommended Shinn's other Angel-series books to others. So, I was stunned by how dreadful this one was. In past novels Shinn thinly veiled two of her planet's tribes -- one group were obviously arabs, and another group gypsy/jews. This novel tells the stories of two young women, one who is suppressed and almost killed by the arab-look-alikes, and the other who finds redemption in the arms of a jew-look-alike. The former is presented as a one-sided, nightmarish, diatribe against everything Arab you can imagine. The men are fat, greedy, self-centered, and oppressive. The women are denied basic human rights, confined to harem-like areas, hidden beyond veils, stoned to death if they disobey. Shinn obviously has a complete lack of respect for cultures other than her own. Rather than using fiction to bring insight into our own world, she uses it to spread bigotry. In this age of global conflict, we need and deserve greater knowledge, not kneejerk, uneducated passions.