Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.



4.9 15
by C. J. Cherryh

See All Formats & Editions

The fourteenth novel in Cherryh’s Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences…

Civil war on the world of the atevi is finally over. Bren Cameron, brilliant human diplomat allied with the dominant Western Association, has finally returned to the capital from the


The fourteenth novel in Cherryh’s Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences…

Civil war on the world of the atevi is finally over. Bren Cameron, brilliant human diplomat allied with the dominant Western Association, has finally returned to the capital from the southern coast, where he negotiated a daring redistribution of the atevi legislature. Now, Bren is settling back into the capital, in the home he knew prior to the war—but life at the atevi court is never easy. 

Tabini-aiji, head of the Western Association and Bren's ally, has promised his son, Cajeiri, that he can have the young human children he knew from his voyage on the world's space station sent down to the planet for a birthday celebration.

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. Tabini wants Bren to take charge of Cajeiri, and see him and his young guests to safety, all while keeping the security problem a state secret. 

Can Bren protect Cajeiri and the unsuspecting human children who are to be guests in an atevi household that is on the brink of political explosion?

The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Protector is the 14th Foreigner novel, and the 2nd book in the fifth subtrilogy.

Product Details

Publication date:
Foreigner Universe Series , #14
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Sales rank:
File size:
726 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a typewriter while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin, and Greek. With more than seventy books to her credit, and the winner of three Hugo Awards, she is one of the most prolific and highly respected authors in the science fiction field. Cherryh was recently named a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Washington state. She can be found at cherryh.com.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Protector: Book Fourteen of Foreigner 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
smiladon More than 1 year ago
Great narrative and characters as usual in the series. Can't wait for the next one.
Jeff4066 More than 1 year ago
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.
arethusa More than 1 year ago
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.
Flower_snapper More than 1 year ago
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?
MdExTx More than 1 year ago
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.
Adarajin More than 1 year ago
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.
TheSaintly More than 1 year ago
This series ust keeps getting better. Just as I think there will not be another book in the series, here comes another one which of course I absolutely must have. C J Cherryh is one of my all time favorite authors and this series is my second favorite (loved the Chanur series). She has fantastic character and plot line development in all of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
joleneb3 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago