I re-read this book about the colonization of Venus, the high hopes and hard trials of the colonists, and the obstacles laid on their pathsnot only by Nature but by human evil as well, in one night after having read it the first time long ago. It has stayed with me. It is even better than the first one in the series. It's so believable in its depiction of the wonder and tragedy of the settling of a difficult world and the founding of a new society that's almost scaring. Its characters are believable human beings with no black villains or pure-white heroes, their life and their society feel so significant that I lost track of the fact that they were fictional people living on a fictionalized world. I am eagerly waiting for Ms. Sargent to write the sequel.