Anne McCafffrey and Co. have written an excellent space opera - as good as any that I've read (and I've read alot!) Sassinak keeps you excited as she works her way through the ranks and outsmarts the bad guys. Lunzie isn't as much of a page turner, but that's just me. It left me wanting more.
(Elizabeth Moon's Sporting Chance and Once a Hero series' are a good read and very similar world too)
This is a good prequel to The Deed of Paksenarrion.
I enjoyed the first book (Surrender None) more than the second (Liars Oath), Gird's fight to overthrow the wicked lords with only peasants for followers and some half finished military training is a good tale.
Apart from a few minor continuity glitches(? teleporting..see other review/Ray Sanders., and the final teleport time twist - which I wasn't sure I could beleive) it is back to the high standard set by the first books in the series and a very welcome sequel to Pegasus in Flight! I ate it up!