Another of my beta-readers weighs in. Getting SamuraiFrog's approval was really huge to me. His tastes and mine intersect frequently, but we have enough areas of disagreement that I knew he wasn't a sure thing, and he's whip-smart, so if he doesn't like something, he can tell you exactly why, with often brutal force and surgical precision. That he responded to the book as warmly as he did (while still making some useful observations along the way) is a definite boost in the confidence I feel for my own story.
And if you haven't seen them yet, check out the book trailer and the cover art at ForgottenStars.net! This coming Wednesday I will post the complete Chapter One.