This series was so rich and complex that I could not believe it. I bought it hoping for a rich, Dark Fantasy along the lines of The Coldfire Trilogy and The book of the New Sun, And I definately got it. Although it is more Science fiction then fantasy it was still worth it. The deep, in depth characterization is something horror writers often skip out on, not letting you know the frame of mind the characcters have. I really believe that people who read horror should start reading Dark Fantasies and Sci-fi's. Then they will see what true terror and suspense is about. This book(and its sequel, "Clouds Rider") Brought out the human psychological state in a beautiful way. This was by far the most terrifying book I have ever read.(I was even afraid of the dark fore a while when I was reading it!) I definately like a good story, and this book had it, the terror was a great side effect. I really hope there will be a third installment of this series soon. C.J. Cherryh, if you are reading this, please take this to heart and good luck on your writing path!