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Destroyer, the seventh novel in C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner saga (Foreigner, Invader, Inheritor, et al.), not only heralds the inception of a new trilogy but also the beginning of a turbulent new era between the human descendants of a lost colonial starship and the sentient race of aliens inhabiting the planet they were forced to land on.
Bren Cameron is humanity's adviser to the atevi -- a race of giant, black-skinned, golden-eyed warriors -- a position that demands intelligence, finesse, patience, and no little courage. After decades of cultivating a strong relationship with the complex and volatile aliens, Bren leads a mission to rescue a colony of humans trapped on a faraway space station. Some very influential atevi -- namely the young heir and his great-grandmother -- accompany Bren on the two-year trip into deep space. The mission is ultimately successful; but when the ship returns, they find the atevi homeworld in total chaos. The atevi leader is missing and presumed dead. Political factions are jockeying for control. With rumors of war between atevi and humankind spreading, can Bren find and restore the missing ruler to power and avert more bloodshed?
With every new Foreigner novel, Cherryh strengthens the saga's already imposing reputation as one of the foremost series exploring the complex and delicate relationships between human and alien cultures. Comparable to Harry Turtledove's Colonization novels and Alan Dean Foster's Commonwealth sequence, Cherryh's Foreigner saga is cerebral science fiction at its very best -- as entertaining as it is contemplative. Paul Goat Allen