Another day, another Ethshar book. Lawrence Watt-Evans' Taking Flight rather annoyed me at first -- not for any deep reasons, but just because I didn't like the characters. They are... well, they're teenagers, so they do deeply stupid things for deeply stupid reasons, and basically annoyed the heck out of me.
Fortunately, as the book went on, my annoyance abated. It turns out this book is a coming-of-age story, and the characters (or at least some of the characters) do grow up and become much less irritating by the end of the thing. The end result is a decent if unspectacular Ethshar novel; anyone who's read the Ethshar books up to this point should certainly read this one.