After the hammer blow of Galaxy in Flames grand and tragic finale; I picked up Eisenstein and found it to be a much more intimate and low key read. With Swallow taking great care and time to develop the central character of Cpt Garro and his small band.
Some have accused it of being overly wordy and slow, I disagree; the action pieces are there and are as exciting as any of the series, I particularly like Swallows accounts of the Imperial Fleet activity and ship to ship engagements.
In Garro we see a very personal conflict as he has every foundation of his being shaken by events around him. Tests of loyalty, brotherhood, and questions science versus of faith assault Garro as he desperately attempts to hold his fractured world together and stop the Galaxy from burning