DARK SPACE lacks focus, but the colourful characters and sense of scale suggest that the series could develop into something special
Dark Space is a rich and vigorous adventure and a promising first instalment
A complex and exciting novel, almost devoid of cheap sentiment and comfortable vindication. It's not a cheerful read, but it is a very rewarding one . . . de Pierre s' willingness to display the imperfections of her characters is a large part of the appeal of Dark Space; she deftly handles the aspects of bringing characters to life that elude so many space opera writers, simply by making them genuinely human - with all the contradictory drives and motives that implies . . . While a deeply political book, Dark Space is also a very engaging one - the fine characterisation and subtle writing make for a novel which is both exciting and thought-provoking at once . . . It's always a joy to find intelligent and exciting space opera; to find it being written by a woman unafraid to bring her own perspective to a traditionally masculine genre, doubly so.
Dark Space is an exciting adventure with plenty going on to keep you turning the pages. The story is primed to enter uncharted territory at the end of Book One. Marianne has a knack for creating compelling characters in complex realities-the Parish Pless