This book series spoke to me. While being very personal, this book is about a lonely struggling man of high order which is to say of sterling character and significant ability mentally and physically who scrutinizes his own fallen nature. I like the writing style and interesting language choices. I liked the characters. I like the medieval/futurist sci-fi setting. I like the Yoga Philosophy. Although this book may appeal to Christians who like gritty complex novels, it is closer to Hindu in mindset which in and of it self is a very rare treat for the English reader ready to tackle complexity and philosophic gray areas while being presented life through a partly dreamlike description which if we are to be honest is how life actually occurs in the macro rear view. I like how the character in the book lives through many kinds of dualisms confronting each one with his best foot, as he slowly ascends to his place in the universe. I like how power is shown to be extremely far reaching in the world while internally is extremely ineffective to solve personal dilemmas or obtain one's true desires. In many ways Gene is a unattractive writer because he does not develop strong relationships in the novel, but this also speaks to me due to many happenstance parallels between the book and my life. There is a fatalism there that is overlapped by miracles and opportunities to serve others. There is a holistic factor related to the 'interconnectedness' of things, and that life has a plan especially for our protagonist. If you are ready for something gritty, complex, noble, and surreal this book may be just right.