Relic of Empire - Forbidden Borders #2 is plus 30 chapters and 626 pages of pure Space Opera magic. We pick up the Space Opera exactly where book 1 left off. And the next 350ish pages has many many characters stopping to examine the events that led to their current situation. I will not say some 'catching up' is not good, but Gear used more than 100 pages doing this. Although often necessary for characters off the main story line, the sheer amount of pages struck me as excessive. But still this book is a typical bridge of a trilogy... Gear told a great story in book 1 and had to tear that down in book 2 to set up the final story in book 3 Counter Measures.