Inheritor (First Foreigner Series #3)

Inheritor (First Foreigner Series #3)

by C. J. Cherryh

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ISBN-13: 9780886777289
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 02/28/1997
Series: Foreigner Universe Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 201,955
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.80(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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"The human-alien tensions that marked Foreigner and Invader peak in this sophisticated conclusion to the trilogy. Through her hallmark ability to craft nonhuman languages as the basis for alluring alien psychologies, Cherryh superbly resolves this epic trilogy's multifaceted conflicts, dramatizing again the idea that people can't truly know their own language—nor others, nor themselves—until they master at least one other tongue." —Publishers Weekly

"A good look at an alternative civilization where humans are not dominant, this nicely concludes a series but can stand on its own. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

"This is the kind of anthropological SF of which [Cherryh] is an acknowledged master." —Booklist

"A[n] impressive and more or less self-contained swirl of political intrigue, filtered through a memorably alien consciousness." —Kirkus

"As is always the case with C.J. Cherryh, the detailed exploration of the alien culture is outstanding. Yet, the personal conflicts and passions tearing the characters apart are not lost...The plot remains suspenseful, with a satisfactory payoff at the end. Highly recommended." —Starlog

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Inheritor 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The entire Foreigner series is superb. I put it above the Cyteen works and would even consider it better than the Pride of Chanur series (which I liked very very much.) To me, there are some clear Oriental culture elements that she is drawing on for this work and she has been successful in this before. I can't wait to read the next one.
joleneb3 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. And well worth reading the whole series, in order yet!
Pferdina on LibraryThing 10 months ago
In this third volume of the Foreigner series, diplomat-translator Bren Cameron must juggle many tasks among the alien Atevi. Six months after the action of Invader, the representative of the returned spaceship Phoenix (Jason Graham) is trying to learn the Atevi language and not make things more difficult for the planet-dwelling humans. There is a threat of civil war among the aliens, too, as many of the conservative group mistrust aiji Tabini's project to build a spaceship and join the Phoenix at the ancient space station above the planet. The only beings Bren trusts are his security, Banichi and Jago, who have agendas of their own.Even more than in the previous volume, Bren finds himself cut off from his own species. He has been cut off from the Mospherian government and is unable to go home or obtain news of his family. On the other hand, his relationship with Jase is strained by mutual misunderstanding. Once merely a low-level official, Bren is now living like an Atevi lord, in an apartment next door to the aiji, with fifty borrowed Atevi servants.It is in this book, I think, that Bren really goes over to the Atevi side. From the start, he was working for the benefit of both species, but being cut off from his own people for so long allows him to almost fully integrate into Atevi society. He wrestles inwardly with himself over the possibility he is committing treason, but then it becomes clear that promoting Atevi interests really serves the human population as well. In addition, the Atevi are logical and civilized, qualities the human government is not exhibiting.
JusNeuce on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The best book of the Foreigner series, IMO
reading_fox on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A much slower start than the previous books, with a recap of the story so far. There is a lot of complex politicing in this story and it is sometimes hard to keep all the names and allinaces straight. this must in part be deliberate writing form CJC's part, as Bren also finds it hard to keep the associations of the alliances clear in his mind.Jason and Yolanda representatives from the ship have now landed. Conservative factions in power on the island would prefer the ship to deal exclusively with them, and Deana's faulty understanding of the aveti doesn't help. Ilisidi is still a power ot be reckoned with, but Bren apeals on her better nature toshow Jason the traditional way of Aveti life that he is trying to help preserve. What could be more peaceful trip fishing on the coast?Finally a sub-plot is resolved that has been teasingly provided during the previous works. Can a human love an alien who is incapable of love?
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