Deceiver: Foreigner #11
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Deceiver: Foreigner #11

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by C. J. Cherryh
     
 

"One of the best long-running SF series in existence" (Publishers Weekly) continues with the second novel in a brand-new Foreigner sequence.

The civil war among the alien Atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri, his son and heir, has returned to the Bujavid, his seat of power. But

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"One of the best long-running SF series in existence" (Publishers Weekly) continues with the second novel in a brand-new Foreigner sequence.

The civil war among the alien Atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri, his son and heir, has returned to the Bujavid, his seat of power. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.

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"Eleventh in the Foreigner series, the longest single protagonist's career in science fiction, Deceiver is as elegantly complex and satisfying as its predecessors...Complicated and aided by the Aijii-Dowager Ilisidii and a rapidly maturing- Cajeiri, Tabini's wayward son, the situation moves in Ms. Cherryh's inimitable style from detail to nuance to emotionally wrenching risks...another must-have from the master of cultural conflict." -Sacramento Book Review

"The worldbuilding and characterization are fascinating." -RT Book Review

"Cherryh's gift for conjuring believable alien cultures is in full force here, and her characters...are brought to life with a sure and convincing hand." -Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756406011
Publisher:
DAW Hardcover
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Series:
Foreigner Universe Series, #11
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

"Eleventh in the Foreigner series, the longest single protagonist’s career in science fiction, Deceiver is as elegantly complex and satisfying as its predecessors...Complicated and aided by the Aijii-Dowager Ilisidii and a rapidly maturing  Cajeiri, Tabini’s wayward son, the situation moves in Ms. Cherryh’s inimitable style from detail to nuance to emotionally wrenching risks...another must-have from the master of cultural conflict." —Sacramento Book Review

"The worldbuilding and characterization are fascinating." —RT Book Review

"Cherryh's gift for conjuring believable alien cultures is in full force here, and her characters...are brought to life with a sure and convincing hand." —Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at cherryh.com.

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The atevi civil war is over; at least the overt hostilities that is. The Western Association ruler Tabini-aiji has won a shaky victory, but the prime enemy plotter still remains free; as Machigi chieftain of Taisigi clan has powerful followers in clandestine locations especially inside the capital. While Tabini tightens his control, his human friend and loyal supporter Bren Cameron, who stayed in space for two years, returns planet side, but stays far away from the capital so the xenophobic enemy cannot use him as an alien immigrant. Instead he remains on his estate in Najida where hiding in his basement is Baiji nephew of the Maschi clan chief. He hides from Machigi who was arranging a political marriage of convenience with fifteen year old Tiajo of his clan; once married Machigi was going to have Baiji killed so Tiajo's relatives can run the strategic lands on the west coast. Although staying away from the capital, danger arrives in Najida when Tabini's son Cajeri sneaks way from his secret service protectors to Bren's estate; followed by his Great-grandmother; and soon afterward assassins. The exciting second tale in the fourth trilogy arc of the Foreigner Universe is a strong entry that fans will appreciate. The underhanded conspiracies and alliances started in Conspirator (should read first so as to avoid being lost in space) continue to thrive. The atevi-human relationships are fascinating to observe especially through Bren's assessment; he realizes he is a PR nightmare for Tabini, but hiding in space and then on the Najida estate fail to abate the albatross he feels around his neck because he is too loyal a friend. Readers will enjoy the return to the wonderful world of C.J. Cherryh as the overt war may be over, but the covert hostilities remain only the audience will mostly be away from the capital. Harriet Klausner