I have read all the GE books so far and this is the first I have rated below 4 stars. As much background and history this series has built around the Savage Wars and the main actors involved, I had really expected a well developed story. Sadly it wasn't. There was very little actual story here and nothing new that developed our understanding of the SW era and the events which brought it about. Instead, 90% of this book reads like a play by play description of a FPS video game, the action is highly unrealistic, the characters are stereotyped and dry, and frankly it is boring. Oddly, there are also a lot of grammatical errors and the wording is sometimes confused. It is almost like this was meant to be a very short story that got extended into a full novel last minute. Really sad considering the excellent quality of the rest of the series, esp those focused on Tyrus Rechs.