The master of storytelling at his best, no less, did it to me again, unable to set the book down until I had read it through in a single session, leaving me bleary eyed the next day, while pondering and wondering at where such creativity came from.
He pushes many a button indeed, interweaving classic spirituality concepts and twisting our imagination into taking a new and refreshing perspective on centuries old concepts and beliefs. As plausible and reassuring as they are, one needs but the angle of anticipation to set everything straight, reminding us that we are merely dealing with beliefs.
As much as I disliked the satanic incursions for their intrusion into my previously pristine sci-fi environment they nonetheless contributed to enriching the whole. I didn't merely like it, I liked it a lot, enough to put the book on my shelf of "to be read a second time" series, right next to "Assemblers of Infinity" or "The Saga of Seven Suns" even though the latter does get an extra star.