This book describes us how the reptile warrior race of Tzen fights a war agains a coalition of 4 different types of giant insect creatures. The characters are mostly flat and there's at some points a feeling that those reptiles are only humans in a reptile suit. Also, we don't know much about their homeworld, except that they live in a swamp enviroment (They call their world "The Black Swamps"), because none of the plot is actually happening there, but on two or three insect-inhabited planets. The insects themselves seems dumb and weak, the Tzen just slaugher them, even with weapons such as throwing knives (Reminds me of bad shooter films. see: Rambo). It seems that the insect are only partly sentient, and their only advantage over the Tzen is, of course (like in Starship Troopers, Ender's Game and any other film about insect aliens), their numbers. The human race is unknown to the Tzen at all, and even the idea of mammal sentients is peculiar to them. It is a good book for a boring weekend perhaps, not for serious reading.
This report prepared by Dimitri Melamoud