It is a magnificent series of books. Unlike a lot of scince fiction, it manages to focus on the human level of events, and yet connects and intertwines this with the great sweep of events. All of the inventions and mechanics of the fictional universe, provide the stage for fascinating emotional situations, while the charachters, and their connection to one another, at the same time seem to set the stage for the events at an 'historical' level. It is a masterful work, and makes full use of all the freedom and potential that a fictional universe has for fascinating human situations. It is a pity that this is such an underdevoloped ascpect of the sci-fi/fantasy genre, but this is perhaps because it is very difficult to pull off. Orson Scott Card did though.