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This whole trilogy has been some of the best space opera I've ever read. Of course they deal with a future where humanity is stretched across a vast expanse of space and relies on highly advanced spaceships, but they do this without ignoring more familiar parts of the human experience: love, family, abandonment, grief… Perhaps it's a sad indictment of most space opera that this alone impresses me, but whatever, this kind of humanist far-futurism is absolutely my jam.
"Light of Impossible Stars" was perhaps the weakest in the trilogy for me, but it's still an enjoyable book. I just felt like some developments/revelations in the story happened a little too conveniently. Regardless of that, it retains many of the strengths of the first two books: the philosophy of the Druffs, some of the history of the House of Reclamation (a neutral force whose mission is to help all space travellers in danger), the strong pack mentality of the Carnivore-class warships (of which the Trouble Dog is one), their unshakeable loyalty, and the visceral pain they feel at the loss of their pack mates… all of this was just real good stuff. Powell captures the emotions of all different kinds of beings, from all different kinds of societies and upbringings, really well.
Overall, what can I say? If you like science fiction, especially space operas, and you like great characterisation, you NEED this series in your life. It is just incredibly excellent.
I really hope this is not the last we hear from the Trouble Dog and her crew. From the first moment you set foot on the Hound of Despair, crewed by a cast of characters you will come to care about - not least Nod, and the other Druff engineers, who serve the World Tree - you are in for a journey full of original ideas and magnificent world-building.