Humanity is under threat, and Escandala is a human born to fight, and as a combat solider she excels. She is also a mother to children who have been similar born and bred to fight, and her relationship with there third child forces a conflict, as his adaptations for combat have stretched the mother-child bond, and the definition of what it is to be human.
There’s hand to hand combat, deep space combat, and human issues on a micro and macro level, which Taylor for the most part handles well.
in : Further Conflicts. Edited by Ian Whates. Published by NewCon Press 2011. Best SF review