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Exhausted from a two-year rescue mission in space, the crew of the starship Phoenix return home to find disaster: civil war has broken out, the powerful Western Association has been overthrown, and Tabini-aiji, its forceful leader, is missing. In a desperate move, paidhi Bren Cameron and Tabini's grandmother Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, along with with Cajeiri, Tabini's eight-year-old heir, make planetfall and succeed in reaching the mainland. The brilliant and forceful Ilisidi seeks refuge at the estate of an old ...
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Pretender (Third Foreigner Series #2)

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Overview

Exhausted from a two-year rescue mission in space, the crew of the starship Phoenix return home to find disaster: civil war has broken out, the powerful Western Association has been overthrown, and Tabini-aiji, its forceful leader, is missing. In a desperate move, paidhi Bren Cameron and Tabini's grandmother Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, along with with Cajeiri, Tabini's eight-year-old heir, make planetfall and succeed in reaching the mainland. The brilliant and forceful Ilisidi seeks refuge at the estate of an old ally, and Tabini-aiji arrives at the door.

As word of Tabini's whereabouts circulates, clans allied with Tabini descend upon the estate, providing a huge civilian presence that everyone involved hopes will deter impending attacks by the usurpers. But as more and more supporting clans arrive, Bren finds himself increasingly isolated, and it becomes clear that both his extremely important report of alien contact in space, and even his life, rest on the shoulders of only two allies: Ilisidi and Cajeiri.

Can one elderly ateva and and eight-year-old boy—himself a prime target for assassination—protect Bren, a lone human involved in a civil war that most atevi believe he caused?

The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Pretender is the 8th Foreigner novel. It is also the 2nd book in the third subtrilogy.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In volume eight of Cherryh's masterful Foreigner sequence (Destroyer, etc.), Tabini, the deposed ruler of the atevi home world, represents humanity's best hope of survival on this alien planet and the atevi's own best chance of maintaining independence in a galaxy grown suddenly crowded with potential enemies. In order to retake control of his government, Tabini draws together various allies, allowing himself to serve as a possible target for assassination. Tabini must delicately balance the sensibilities of deeply conservative factions against the absolute need to push forward with the technological innovations that human beings have introduced to the atevi world. Human diplomat Bren Cameron, meanwhile, must simply stay alive, if only to prove to the skeptical atevi that other alien races do indeed exist and are headed their way. As usual, Cherryh alternates long stretches of brilliant, often oblique dialogue and complex political maneuvering with shorter interludes of violent, well-executed action. A science fictional equivalent of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire sequence, this series represents contemporary SF at its finest. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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As Atevi gather at Tirnamardi in support of Tabini, the deposed Aiji, Paidhi/interpreter Bren Cameron continues to receive mixed messages. Officially Tabini treats Bren with respect but continually bars him from strategy sessions, refusing even to look at the lengthy report Bren compiled from his two-year space journey. Bren fears that Tabini regrets listening to his advice and assumes that his close association with a human contributed to his overthrow. When mysterious Guild members arrive, Bren's security detail's preemptive strike removes the assassins and sends Tabini's entourage packing for Sheridan, the capital. The hodgepodge of buses and cars carrying Tabini's supporters face sniper fire and sabotage on the road. The Aiji's forces seize the capital, securing the vital government buildings. At the critical morning session, Tabini asks Bren to deliver his report to the legislators. Disregarding his own safety, Bren shields Tabini when an assassination attempt aimed at the Paidhi threatens the Aiji as well. Bren's devotion sways the members of the Aishidi'tat, convincing them of Bren's honesty and good faith. Always introspective, Bren's musings typically slow the narrative; however, psychological tension plays a large part in this drama. Characterization, especially innovative interspecies relationships, drives the books in the Foreigner series. This world, skillfully wrought and imaginatively maintained, holds its fans in thrall. Enthusiasm remains undiminished among its followers for this long-standing series. This eighth volume will be as eagerly awaited as the second. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; SeniorHigh, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2006, DAW, 327p., Ages 15 to Adult.
—Nancy K. Wallace
Library Journal
Upon his return from a space rescue mission aboard the starship Phoenix, Bren Cameron, human paidhi (advisor) to Tabini-aiji, ruler of the humanoid atevi, finds his world in the midst of civil war and that Tabini-aiji is missing. Assisted by his loyal crew of bodyguards-Tabini's ancient grandmother Ilsidi and Cajeri, the ruling family's eight-year-old heir-Bren finds a haven with an allied family and watches as more allies arrive at the estate, hoping that their paidhi can prevent the destruction of their way of life. Billed as the "second book of the third Foreigner sequence," Cherryh's follow-up to Destroyer opens up new aspects of atevi civilization while introducing a younger generation of characters. Superbly realized characters and an intriguing, Asian-based civilization make this a good addition to sf collections, particularly where the author has a following. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101218631
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Series: Foreigner Universe Series , #8
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 118,803
  • File size: 328 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2007

    Enjoyed every moment

    I want to say I enjoyed this book. It has depth of characters, twists that I was not really expecting and overall is a science fiction must read. I do not reccomend reading this book out of secquence because you would miss many of the nuances from the prior books. I have read and reread recently the whole series. This one called to me and is better than some of the past books. I hope you enjoy it as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    Only One Complaint

    The only bad thing about this book is having to wait however-long to get the third book. It's technically a stand-alone book, but I really want to find out what happens next. All my favorite characters are acting true to form: Ilisidi is stirring things up, Bren is trying to anticipate disaster, and Jago and Banichi are their usual unflappable selves. Cherryh has always been one of the best authors to illustrate the human-alien interface, but she's outdone herself on the Foreigner set. It's the standard everything else should be held to. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2006

    Great book

    Stayed up almost an entire night to finish this book. The action starts on page 1 and never lets up. After a somewhat slow second trilogy, I've found this third trilogy has everything I love the Atevi books for--action, insights into a foreign psychology, palace intrigue, etc. This book is even better than the first of the trilogy, which I also loved. Several heretofore background characters really come to the fore, including Algini and Uncle Tatseigi. Great fun!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent Foreigner science fiction thriller

    Civil war has devastated the Western Association and leaders like Tabini-aiij of the atevi home world are either dead or exiled and in hiding. Murini-aiij looks as if he will take over as ruler of the sector, but humans and other races will probably be eradicated under his xenophobic leadership. --- Human paidhi Bren Cameron, diplomat to Tabini, knows his atevi friend is the only hope to stop the hostilities and to prevent a subsequent slaughter as outside hostile races are heading to this galaxy. Tabini realizes he must regain control of the atevi government because he believes Bren is telling the truth about the upcoming invaders while Murini scorns humans with the help of Bren and his grandmother LLsidi they join forces with loyalist Tatiseigi. First civil war, then the invaders atevi and human are in trouble in this space sector. --- The latest Foreigner science fiction thriller, PRETENDER is a fabulous entry that showcases C.J. Cherryh at her best with the clever Machiavellian political maneuvers between the atevi with Bren used by Murini as a culpable pawn. The action augments the posturing for control as Tabini and Murini seek allies with the former thinking in terms of a two step war and the latter of just vanquishing his atevi rival. This is a great addition to one of the better outer space series of the last decade. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    Excellent read. Read them all.

    Excellent read. Read them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    The auther

    Im locked out of the other story result so ik squeasing them togethaer here. Part one:its interesting but make it seven pages for next time! Keep it going. Part two:Awesome but make it seven pages please! Keep it up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Pretend gone wild, "real"ly wild:::::Prologue:::::

    My name is Sheyna Leland. Okay so my seventeen year old cousin Lanah & i were playing a game we called "Pretend". "Pretend" is when we get together & reenact a movie we like but with ourselves added into the story. On this particular afternoon our theme for "Pretend" was "Star Wars." So we start at the beginning of the first of the trilogy(let me warn you ahead of time that i have a HUGE crush on Luke Skywalker). So we're acting it out & all of a sudden it starts getting hotter. "Lanah does it seem hot to you?" I ask, puzzled cause dad had the air conditioning on. "Yeah it does." She says. "And its bright too! Didnt you close the blinds for privacy?" She asked. "Youre right." I say. I wriggle my toes(its a nervous habit), look down & notice two things at once. One, i am standing on sand instead of carpet. Two, i have on strange looking boots instead of pink flipflops. As i am wondering what is going on i hear Lanah exclaim, "look at our clothes!" I look at my clothes & thats when it hits me. "Lanah, we're on Tattoine!" I cry, excited. "Lanah, this is our chance to really act out the movies!!!!" "You're right!! It is!!!" Lanah exclaims, getting as excited as i am. "Now think." I says. "What part were we at when it started getting hot?" "The Jawas were herding R2-D2, C3PO & the other robots out for Luke & his uncle to see." Lanah says. "That appears to be right." I say, looking behind Lanah. "How do you know?" She asks. "Look behind you." I say, pointing. Lanah turns to look.

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