Precursor - C.J. Cherryh is the first book of the 2nd trilogy in the Foreigner series and starts a few years after the end of Inheritor. The shuttle to carry people and supplies between the planet and the space station is recently operational and the ship captains recall Jason with little warning.
The early part of the book is a lot of milling around and jockeying for position that drags a bit. But eventually the pace picks up and the book finishes in a rush like mechetti following the leader in a satisfying mad race to home. During Precursor, Bren finally sheds some of his tedious insecurity and Ilsidi charmingly steals the show as usual.
Read as a Free Friday selection for Booklikes-opoly.