Destroyer (Third Foreigner Series #1)

Destroyer (Third Foreigner Series #1)

by C. J. Cherryh

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ISBN-13: 9780756403331
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 02/07/2006
Series: Foreigner Universe Series , #7
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 268,489
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 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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"This series has lost none of its vigor. Destroyer is an excellent adventure." —The Denver Post

"Well-developed characters, fine style, and intense psychological realism. Cherryh's many readers should snap this one up." —Publishers Weekly

"With every new Foreigner novel, Cherryh strengthens the saga's already imposing reputation as one of the foremost series exploring the complex and delicate relationships between human and alien cultures. Cherryh's Foreigner saga is cerebral science fiction at its very best—as entertaining as it is contemplative." —The Barnes & Noble Review

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Destroyer (Third Foreigner Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Atevi send the spaceship Phoenix to Reunion Station where the inhabitants encountered the sentient space faring Kyo who planned to blow up the facility because it was in territory they considered theirs. Deploying diplomacy, interpreter and Human-Atevi advisor Bren Cameron convinces the Kyo to allow the four thousand inhabitants to peacefully leave and then the space station would belong to the Kyo. Now they are days away from home and both human and Atevi are looking forward to enjoying the little luxuries found on their planet.--- They come back to a world that is in the middle of a civil war and onboard the Phoenix is the dowager and the heir. No one knows where the ruler and his wife are and many think they are dead. Bren and his staff, the dowager and her staff, and the heir shuttle down to the planet where they travel through enemy territory to find the heir¿s great uncle. They hope to enlist his aid in returning the former ruler on his heir to power, but a traitor alerts the rebels who plan to kidnap or kill them.--- Nobody is better than C.J. Cherryh when it comes to writing an in depth exploration of an alien society. Relations between humans and Atevi are in jeopardy many of the native race believes humanity has too much influence and technology that disturbs the conservative elements of their society. Bren blames himself for pushing the space program and other technological advances on the leader who trusts him and he is desperate to undo the damage he has done. DESTROYER is a wondrous work starring two sentient races struggling to co-exist peacefully.--- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 4 months ago
In which Cajieri begins to reveal intelligence and autonomy — this boy will go far. And echoes of Zane Grey as they ride through the land — but translated to a distant planet.
Pferdina on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Bren Cameron and companions from the Phoenix return to the Atevi homeworld and Alpha Station to discover that all has not gone well in their absence. Tabini-aiji is missing, perhaps assassinated, the shuttles are not flying, and no one is talking. Bren and the aiji-dowager need to get down to the planet's surface quickly to take control of the situation, if they can.Lots of exciting action in this volume.
Pandababy on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Ingrid Bengis wrote one of my all time favorite quotes: "Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change."Words have started wars, and stopped them, caused murders and divorce, and created great saints and martyrs. Indeed, words are capable of influencing change.From page 112 of C. J. Cherryh's "Destroyer", in reference to actions by the protagonist, a translator:"He'd let his dictionary-making duties slip, thinking they didn't matter so much... But where was the clue to his problems? Lurking, as always, in the dictionary, right where he'd begun."Insightful gems like this one abound in Cherryh's "Foreigner" series, one of the many reasons I treasure her novels. Currently, I'm reading the seventh of what is now nine books, stringing out the pleasure until the ninth book, "Deliverer", is released on January 4th. C. J. Cherryh wrote the Foreigner series in what is so far three sets of trilogies, each of which ends with a satisfying conclusion - however, fans keep asking for more, and Cherryh has delivered.
TadAD on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The third trilogy in the longer series is still fun to read, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first six books. It's hard to put a finger on it; mostly it's that the sense of an alien culture has disappeared a bit in the more predictable story lines.
reading_fox on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Stunning. Best of the series, captures all the action and characters of Invader with the same gripping writing style. The two year voyage is over, provisions runing low for the 4000 ex-colonists, and all Bren is looking forward is a decent cup of tea in the formal surroundings of home. However news from the planet is not good. The aveti government has fractured with traditionalists overthrowing the technological favoured government that Bren has laboured all his life to hold in place. Faced with the prospect that all his advice has misled his "friends" down a road that has led to ruin, and with his pride in tatters. Bren embarks on a journey to find the absent Tabeni and hopefully restore a stable government to get provisions back to the space-station. But local politics are as confusing as ever, the Dowager intransigent and young Cajeiri the heir exerting his authority will there be anything he can do to help rebuild the situation he caused? A stunning entry to the third Foreigner trilogy, we finally find out some of the detail of man'chi and how aveti "emotions" work. Easily readable without the previous books, leaves you gasping for more.After re-readOddly Bren deos very very little in this book. He is the sole POV but as his presence exacerbates the conservative factions, he spends most the time watching with his head down, savouring the tea.
zette on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Destroyer (Foreigner # 7) (ISBN 0756402530)With the first book in the third Foreigner Sequence, it's a return to the world of the Atevi, the Phoenix having overcome all obstacles, rescued the stranded humans of the Reunion Station and even made tentative peace with a new alien race. It should be a return in triumph.Things have changed at home. The Western Association of the atevi is in a state of chaos. There are reports of rebellions. The station is low on supplies and now has to take on several thousand more rescued humans. And worst -- the worst of all -- Tabini aiji is reported dead by his usurper.Into this chaotic, troubled land Bren, Ilisidi and Tabini's son and heir, must make their way across country to the dubious safety of an old, hidebound lord with no love of humans and their technology. And while he knows that their journey to Reunion and the contact with the kyo aliens vindicates everything that Tabini did to rush his people to the stars, Bren cannot help but feel that maybe he failed in his own true job -- that of the paidhi, who stood between the atevi and human technology that everyone feared would ruin their civilization if handed over too quickly.But what could he have done differently?This is another great book in the series, from the surprise fall of the Western Association through all the trouble Bren and his companions have to find safety and get news of a problem that might be following them in -- the new alien race that expects to find a stable, Atevi government with everything in hand.There are times when I think Bren 'thinks' too much, but beyond that I very rarely even come up for air as I'm reading. Far too often, I've found it dawn before I put one of these books down and get a few hours sleep. The characters are wonderful, the plot exciting and world building exquisite.
joleneb3 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Just can't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of the Foreigner series but wish they were all here! I am waiting particularly for the second series about the rescue of Reunion Station. I will keep checking. Don't understand this piecemeal presentation.
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Any new Cherryh book is a treat, particularly a new book in the Foreigner universe. My first complaint is that I've got to wait for Pretender to be published--I want the entire trilogy now. Destroyer is a set-up book, much like Invader--everyone is getting in place to take care of whatever chaos Cherryh unleashes in Pretender. The entire book feels like one of Bren's split-second, downhill slides to either a brilliant solution or total destruction. My second complaint is that I wanted to see more interaction with the atevi and the Mosphierans on Mosphiera. Maybe in the next book.