My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sometimes retelling/re-imaginings of old stories do not go well; sometimes, like with this book, they do. Cherryh puts the legendary characters, or should I say, the personalities of the characters, in an entirely new setting and tells the story from the point of view of, to the Arthurian legend, a minor character. This, in my opinion, leads to an entirely different take on the personalities (much like Mists of Avalon did). That it took place in the same universe of some other books that I’ve read by her was interesting as well. In another book it is mentioned that occasionally ships do disappear mid-jump; it was intriguing to read a story about what would happen in such a situation. Things like that just deepen my respect for the time this author has put into creating this universe.