I felt like part of the challenge of the book was not warming up to Horza.
The book's principle theme at the end seems to showcase the pointless brutality of the war, along with illustrating the competing ideologies. Without those final points the book would have been just an average adventure with some cool fiction concepts - but the conclusion elevated it, somewhat.
I love how the final chapters make you re-evaluate the entire book in Use of Weapons - that seems to be a favorite in Iain M Bank's arsenal.
I also really appreciate that it wasn't a mere "problem-solution" story, but a well developed novel that makes you think.
Last edited by Tenet; 02-26-2013 at 10:06 PM.