Protector: Book Fourteen of Foreigner

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It's coming up on Cajeiri's birthday. The boy has been promised he can have the young human children he knew from his voyage sent down from the space station for a two week stay.

But there's far a darker business going on in the background—a major split compromising the Assassins' Guild, which furnishes security and law enforcement to the whole continent.  Tabini's consort's own father has been barred ...

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Overview

It's coming up on Cajeiri's birthday. The boy has been promised he can have the young human children he knew from his voyage sent down from the space station for a two week stay.

But there's far a darker business going on in the background—a major split compromising the Assassins' Guild, which furnishes security and law enforcement to the whole continent.  Tabini's consort's own father has been barred from court, and may be involved in a new conspiracy against him.
 
For safety reasons, Tabini wants Bren and Ilisidi to take charge of Cajeiri, and protect him and his young guests. They themselves are very likely targets of whatever's going on, no question of it. So is Cajeiri. But having the targets separated and contained is an advantage.
 
It's Bren's responsibility to entertain the guests, keep the security problem secret...and let a lonely eight-year-old prince reestablish his controversial relationship with the only other children he's ever met...inside the best security they can manage.

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Editorial Reviews

Bookloons
"C. J. Cherryh has developed this alien world, its associations, politics and conflicts, in such detail that it feels totally real."
Locus (for Protector)

"I'm happy to observe that after 14 volumes produced over a stretch of nearly 20 years, CJ Cherryh's Foreigner series continues to provide pleasures and even surprises.... Go find the first volume, Foreigner, and settle down for an extended period of happy immersion."
Chicago Sun-Times
“A large new Cherryh novel is always welcome...a return to the anthropological science fiction in which she has made such a name is a double pleasure.... Superlatively drawn aliens and characterization.”
Denver Post
"My favorite science fiction series is C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner Universe. Cherryh deftly balances alien psychology and human vanities in a character caught between being human and part of an alien race."
Locus
"Some of the finest work of Cherryh's long and distinguished career."
SF Site
"There is plenty of intrigue…marvelous attention to detail that makes the culture of the atevi one of the most complex, multi-layered creations in science fiction…. The Foreigner series is about as good as it gets…so finely and densely wrought that you may end up dreaming of sable-skinned giants with gold eyes, and the silver spun delicacy of interstellar politics."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756408534
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Foreigner Universe Series , #14
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 105,346
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.40 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Can't Wait for the Next Installment!

    I finished this 14th book in less than a day. So much intrique. The 15th in this series has got to be dynamite. I hope the next book is over 1000 pages. The atevi-human world has, in my opinion, reached critial mass and the next book will tell the tale! Dear Ms Cherryh, what an awesome christmas gift this would make. I have several friends who will be getting a copy if it is released in time. - An admirer of 1st-Rate S-F......

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Best series ever.

    After reading number fourteen in this series I decided to go back and reread the series from book one. I should have done this before. I had forgotten so much and I have totally enjoyed them even more than the first time through. It is much better than just waiting for the next book to come out. I am almost done with Destroyer. I really suggest that everyone go back and reread the series.

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    Excellent! Can't wait for the next book. Then I can read the w

    Excellent! Can't wait for the next book. Then I can read the whole series again. Even at the third read it is as fresh as the first time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Great narrative and characters as usual in the series. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Posted May 6, 2013

    To tell the truth, I am reading this one a few pages at a time.

    To tell the truth, I am reading this one a few pages at a time. The Foreigner universe has grown so complex that I hate waiting the years between books. Soon, I will have read this, and there will be the void while I wait for the next.

    There are two things: I love the series, but Bren cannot do the roller-coaster ride forever, time does pass during the series. I would like to see some sort of resolution eventually, with happy endings all around, and Bren's marriage to... sorry, no spoilers.

    That leads me to the second... Whatever powers that be, please, don't make Ms. Cherryh, don't do a "Robert Jordan", leaving the universe unfinished.

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  • Posted April 27, 2013

    Up to Cherryh's usual standard

    We move forward in the Foreigner series; Cajeiri has visitors which of course fall into a political crisis. Tatiseigi is cooperative (what happened here). We get more information on the subtleties of atevi associations and attachements. This is the second book in the fifth 3-book series, so we can expect a third book bringing us a bit of conclusion, but the Foreigner series has several issues established earlier, so it shows no sign of running out of steam.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    If you have not read any of the Foreigner novels, don't start wi

    If you have not read any of the Foreigner novels, don't start with this one. (Start with book one and read all of them.) This book is pure delight, but the characters and the situations will be a lot more fun is you understand why certain statements are made. Such as not blowing up a bedroom. This is one of the funniest of the series. Yes, it has lots of complex intrigue, but the comic relief makes it three times better.

    I enjoyed seeing the world throught he eyes of the human children who've never seen a tree or held a rock. Book three skips six months in time from book two and we never saw this through Jase's eyes. The children's sense of wonder and adventure is so ... normal? We forget that life on a space station will be so different than what we're used to on a daily basis. I have questions that I won't mention about the children's experiences because I don't want to spoil anything for anyone else.

    On the political front, we learn some important new information. Oh my. When we least expect it! The thing that scared me is that I'm falling for Uncle Tati?

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Another great Foreigner novel

    This is the 14th book in C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner series, which is my all-time favorite science fiction series. This is not a novel you can pick up and read without reading the novels before it, but there are 13 other wonderful books awaiting you.

    In this novel, Cajeiri's young friends from the ship come down to the planet for his birthday, and of course Bren and Ilisidi are in charge of the group's entertainments.

    I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys well written books with well-developed characters.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    A VERY excellent read. C.J. Cherryh does an amazing job of portr

    A VERY excellent read. C.J. Cherryh does an amazing job of portraying the Atevi yet again in this 14th novel,
    identifying how very much alike, yet different they are from ourselves. In this novel politics are getting rather 
    heated, and C.J. Cherryh does a masterful job of leading us every step of the way. I cannot wait for the next 
    book to come out because with the lead-up that this last book ended with, it'll be a real scorcher of a story.

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