Destroyer (Third Foreigner Series #1)

Destroyer (Third Foreigner Series #1)

by C. J. Cherryh
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Destroyer (Third Foreigner Series #1) by C. J. Cherryh

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

It has been two years since the starship Phoenix left Alpha Station on a rescue mission where over four thousand human spacers were under attack by a hostile alien race. Now, exhausted from their journey, the crew of the Phoenix yearns for home. But when the ship makes the jump into atevi space and contacts Alpha, they learn the worst: that supplies to the station have been cut off; that civil war has broken out on the atevi mainland; that the powerful Western Association has been overthrown; and that Tabini-aiji, Bren Cameron's primary supporter and Ilisidi's grandson and ally, is missing and may be dead.

With no one left to lead the Western Association, Ilisidi and Bren know that the survival of their allies lies in their hands. And with the atevi world at war, the only safe landing strip lies on the human colony at Mospheira. Although there are many dangers inherent in bringing a powerful atevi leader such as Ilisidi onto human lands, Bren realizes they have no other choice.

But even if they safely survive their landing, will Bren and Ilisidi together prove strong enough to muster the remaining shards of the Western Association and regain control of their planet?

The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Destroyer is the 7th Foreigner novel, and the 1st book in the third subtrilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756402532
Publisher: DAW Hardcover
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Series: Foreigner Universe Series , #7
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.12(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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Destroyer (Third Foreigner Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 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
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.