Review for the entire Night's Dawn Trilogy, which also includes:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47...http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45...
I read these after becoming interested in the author through exposure to the Commonwealth Saga, starting with the Starflyer books (Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained).
I found this series to be better in almost every regard, except for the one main complaint I had with the Commonwealth books: Bloat. We're talking huge, huge, levels of bloat. Deciding to take on this series is not for the faint of heart. It'll take a long time for even the fairly speedy readers to chew through, but is it worth it?
Yes. The characters are likeable -- even the organic ships; which at first I thought would end up incredibly cheesy, but each one has its own personality which is masterfully brought to life -- the story is exciting (albeit at places bogged down, as one might expect with such levels of bloat) and there is just so much of it to really sink your teeth into.
The Commonwealth saga made me interested in this author, but it was this series that made me love him.