Deceiver: Book Eleven of Foreigner

Deceiver: Book Eleven of Foreigner

by C. J. Cherryh

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Deceiver: Book Eleven of Foreigner by C. J. Cherryh

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

The civil war among the alien Atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri, his son and heir, has returned to the Bujavid, his seat of power. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.

Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat allied with Tabini, has graciously chosen to visit Najida, his country estate on the west coast. He feels that the political tensions in the capital might ease if he is not present, and after two years in space, he relishes the peace and tranquility his lovely coastal home affords.

But peace and tranquility are not in the cards for Bren.

Desperate for freedom and adventure, disregarding the obvious danger, Cajieri, Tabini’s young son, escapes the tightly guarded capital with his bodyguards and arrives to surprise Bren in the country. But he is not the only surprise guest, for Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, Tabini’s wily and powerful grandmother, has been dispatched to secure her great-grandson’s safety.

However, Najida, formerly a safe haven, is no longer the sanctuary it once was. For a neighbor’s estate—the ancestral home of Lord Geigi, a close associate of Bren’s—has been left without strong leadership. Lord Geigi now resides on and runs the atevi space station, and in his absence, rebel clans have infiltrated his home. When these rebels attack Bren, Cajieri, and the dowager, they have no choice but to recall Geigi from space.

With Lord Geigi, Ilisidi, Bren, and Cajieri all under one roof, they pose an irresistible target for the enemy. And Bren’s pastoral retreat, now swarming with bodyguards, becomes a locked-down and armed fortress. These four individuals—three of the most powerful politicians on the planet, and the heir to the aiji—are not without their own resources. But can they overcome their adversaries and end this guerilla war that is the last vestige of revolution?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756406646
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Series: Foreigner Universe Series , #11
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 504,607
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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

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"Eleventh in the Foreigner series, the longest single protagonist’s career in science fiction, Deceiver is as elegantly complex and satisfying as its predecessors...Complicated and aided by the Aijii-Dowager Ilisidii and a rapidly maturing  Cajeiri, Tabini’s wayward son, the situation moves in Ms. Cherryh’s inimitable style from detail to nuance to emotionally wrenching risks...another must-have from the master of cultural conflict." —Sacramento Book Review

"The worldbuilding and characterization are fascinating." —RT Book Review

"Cherryh's gift for conjuring believable alien cultures is in full force here, and her characters...are brought to life with a sure and convincing hand." —Publishers Weekly

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Deceiver: Book Eleven of Foreigner 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Dogeye More than 1 year ago
As a previous reviewer mentioned, this is the 2nd book in the 4th Foreigner series. It is a continuation of the story in which Bren Cameron is Pahdi to the ruling Atevi on a planet that hosts a human colony, and a human/Atevi operated space station. Previous volumes kept the reader riveted with intrigue and suspense regarding a faction of Atevi and humans who want nothing to do with one another, and will do almost anything to ensure that the piece is anything but, which includes actually working together. This volume has Bren on a mission to the leader of the rebellious Atevi who wish to expunge the humans from Atevi society altogether. But is he really in charge, or is this Atevi merely a puppet? Action, suspense, intrigue and misconception in this cleverly, and well developed Alien world that only Cherryh could deliver.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is well done.
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joleneb3 More than 1 year ago
Terrific, and spine chilling read.
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Avid_ReaderEP More than 1 year ago
This is the continuing chapter in the series. This book could not stand alone as it continues the last book and doesn't conclude anything. It is just a set-up for the next book. It is good enough if you are reading the series like a soap opera, but it would be good if there was a beginning, middle and ending instead of just being the middle between two books.