The Faded Sun Trilogy Omnibus

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They were the mri-tall, secretive, bound by honor and the rigid dictates of their society. For aeons this golden-skinned, golden-eyed race had provided the universe mercenary soldiers of almost unimaginable ability. But now the mri have faced an enemy unlike any other-an enemy whose only way of war is widespread destruction. These "humans" are mass fighters, creatures of the herb, and the mri have been slaughtered like animals. Now, in the aftermath of war, the mri face extinction. It will be up to three ...

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Overview

They were the mri-tall, secretive, bound by honor and the rigid dictates of their society. For aeons this golden-skinned, golden-eyed race had provided the universe mercenary soldiers of almost unimaginable ability. But now the mri have faced an enemy unlike any other-an enemy whose only way of war is widespread destruction. These "humans" are mass fighters, creatures of the herb, and the mri have been slaughtered like animals. Now, in the aftermath of war, the mri face extinction. It will be up to three individuals to save whatever remains of this devastated race: a warrior—one of the last survivors of his kind; a priestess of this honorable people; and a lone human—a man sworn to aid the enemy of his own kind. Can they retrace the galaxy-wide path of this nomadic race back through millennia to reclaim the ancient world that first gave them life?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886778699
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Faded Sun Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 378,714
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.73 (d)

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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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    A great read

    This trilogy was fantastic. I'm not sure how topical the themes are since most deal with interstellar strategy and alien relations (besides the main one which is that genocide is bad), but it was a positively gripping story with many subtle twists and turns. Cherryh's made-up religions and alien customs are familiar enough to be believable, and alien enough to be fascinating, even during the trilogy's slower sections. The main protagonist's struggle and and uncertainty as a sort-of envoy between the human race and the Mri was totally relatable and heartfelt. I'm very surprised that his hasn't received more mainstream praise, and give it five stars.

    P.S.
    Has it occurred to anybody who has already read it that the story arch is remarkably similar to James Cameron's Avatar?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    Deeply passionate study of nomadic culture & tradition!

    A valuable work of fiction, while it may fancy our imagination with exotic imagery and rousing action, should imminently reflect ideas relevant to our lives. And such is C. J. Cherryh¿s trilogy, ¿The Faded Sun¿! Rather than a generic, action packed fantasy roller-coaster trip to take your mind off reality, it is a thoroughly intricate and thought-provoking analysis of a nomadic culture. Clearly Cherryh incorporates cultural elements of various Middle Eastern traditions, including the mujahid warriors, where the tribal laws are of greater value than individual lives and blood feuds are resolved with challenge. There is also an influence of Japanese Samurai principles of servitude, sacrifice, understanding of hierarchy and respect towards elder. All these ideas blend together and form a fictional race of the Mri people, which feels so natural ¿ you could easily dedicate a chapter to them in a history textbook. I found this trilogy on pure impulse on a B&N bookshelf and from glancing just at the first page I sensed where this journey will take me. It was a slow, yet a very rewarding reading that wove its themes deeply into my consciousness. I couldn¿t help but form a strong opinion about the characters and as the story continued, my opinion evolved with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    Honor and Adaptability

    The mri are a proud warrior race; mercenaries for the regul for thousands of years. But when the regul went to war with humans, the mri lost. Now the regul have ceded the mri homeworld to the humans. With the mri numbers dangerously depleted, and humans coming to claim the planet Kesrith, they are left facing a dire situation. Two surviving mri, Niun and Melein, are thrown into a very unlikely, and very uneasy, association with a human soldier, Duncan. Together the three of them embark on a quest to explore the origins of the nomadic mri in hopes of saving the species from the regul and humans both. Cherryh does an excellent job of creating aliens that don't act too 'human' and function logically within the framework she constructs for them. The characters are definitely the highlight of this book ¿ their motivations, feelings, and relationships are explored in depth. This makes for fairly slow pacing, especially in the beginning when the scene is being set. But there is enough action and political intrigue to keep things interesting and the pace picks up after the first third. Cherryh has several books where characters seem to endlessly toil through a desert setting, and this is definitely one of them. But if you make it through the slow set-up and occasional repetitiveness, it's a thought-provoking and compelling book. One of the main themes showcases human adaptability in the face of alien thought patterns. The three books contained in the Faded Sun Trilogy (Kesrith, Shon'jir, and Kutath) were originally published in the late 70s. They don't feel dated, and it's nice to have them all in one book, because I don't think they'd be good as stand-alone reading. Taken together, the trilogy is much stronger than the individual books.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

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    This was the first set of books that I read of C. J. Cherryh's.

    This was the first set of books that I read of C. J. Cherryh's.  They will always be a ong my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006

    Pretty good but probably 3.5 stars

    Just finished reading this and I have to say..it was okay but not great. My impression of the 'first' book was almost that it wasn't necessary. The story was good , but could have been told in fewer pages. The real character development happens in book 2. Even the main characters are not fully fleshed out though and I would have liked to know a little more of the main character since they made such a big deal about his service during the Mri Wars. With the whining out of the way, the Mri culture and history was well thought out the author does a great job at weaving a story over what turns out to be a fairly significant amount of time. You realize that the greatest threat from the Mri was not their incredible weapons skills, but rather the ability to adapt. Also, it is fairly obvious to me that the Wheel of Time Aiel characters are 'borrowed' from this story which is fine with me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    Addictive and Excellent

    I read this series recently from 3 old individual copies, yet the entire collection together is an excellent deal. Someone reviewing earlier mentioned rhythm, and this book achieves that marvellously. The rhythm that it achieves is that of the non-human race. It is a unique thing that I've never seen in any other book. You really begin to move to the life and cadence of something different. This series is equally good throughout all three books, and is a remarkable achievement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2003

    Well written and a great read

    This is one of my all time favorite series. Well written characters that you care about, a plot that is reasonable but not boring or predictable, action interspersed (sp?) with emotions - this series has everything I look for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    Best book ever

    I loved this book. It was the best that i have ever read. Everyone should read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2002

    Very Involved

    A very intrigueing book by C.j Cherryh. I never thought I'd get through this book, but I did, and I continue to read it, I find new things I didn't see before and I still throughly enjoy re-reading the Faded Sun Trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2001

    Faded Sun is Great

    I loved the use of weapons from old to modern. I like how the K'elin adapt to most situations. It is a great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    escape from reality

    I am an avid sci-fi/fantasy reader, and this book has become one of my favorites. I found myself anxiously waiting to turn the pages, and transport myself into the saga. This is the first book I read by this author, and am very impressed. Sci-fi fans will love it, I believe once you finish the last page, you'll want to turn around and read it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2000

    I'm Hooked...

    It took some time to adjust to the rhythm of this author's work. However, once I did, the reward was an experience that, unlike so many, holds such influence as to fundamentally change one's perceptions. Having read hundreds of SF books and, of those, dozens where the author attempted to create an alien culture, I have now found a new standard. In The Faded Sun Trilogy, Cherryh spends great care inroducing us to the Mri, giving us insights into their psychology and religion, slowing morphing what began as alien into familiar. Then, with stunning impact, revealing the alienness of humanity, giving the reader a sort of glance over one's shoulders at what one used to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2000

    Outstanding Work

    This was the first work of the author's I've read and now I am eager to read the others. The author created an entire culture that was fascinating.

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