I so wanted to like this story more than I did. I did like the characters and the distractive alien cultures they came from. However, the plot and plotting was very jumbled. There was a revenge sub plot that did not need to be there. There are lots of loose ends and ideas that are not followed up on. Jealousy is in all the leads but they never really talk about it things are just worked out. I got whiplash a few times with plot of action and though changes. Sigh. I will check out another book by this writer because I did like the start of the world building and alien creation here.