Pretender (Third Foreigner Series #2)

Pretender (Third Foreigner Series #2)

by C. J. Cherryh
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Pretender (Third Foreigner Series #2) by C. J. Cherryh

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

Exhausted from a two-year rescue mission in space, the crew of the starship Phoenix return home to find disaster: civil war has broken out, the powerful Western Association has been overthrown, and Tabini-aiji, its forceful leader, is missing. In a desperate move, paidhi Bren Cameron and Tabini's grandmother Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, along with with Cajeiri, Tabini's eight-year-old heir, make planetfall and succeed in reaching the mainland. The brilliant and forceful Ilisidi seeks refuge at the estate of an old ally, and Tabini-aiji arrives at the door.

As word of Tabini's whereabouts circulates, clans allied with Tabini descend upon the estate, providing a huge civilian presence that everyone involved hopes will deter impending attacks by the usurpers. But as more and more supporting clans arrive, Bren finds himself increasingly isolated, and it becomes clear that both his extremely important report of alien contact in space, and even his life, rest on the shoulders of only two allies: Ilisidi and Cajeiri.

Can one elderly ateva and and eight-year-old boy—himself a prime target for assassination—protect Bren, a lone human involved in a civil war that most atevi believe he caused?

The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Pretender is the 8th Foreigner novel, and the 2nd book in the third subtrilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756404086
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 02/06/2007
Series: Foreigner Universe Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 429,135
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.65(h) x 1.07(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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"Cherryh alternates long stretches of brilliant, often oblique dialogue and complex political maneuvering with shorter interludes of violent, well-executed action. A science fictional equivalent of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire sequence, this series represents contemporary SF at its finest." —Publishers Weekly

"[Cherryh's] world building, aliens, and suspense rank among the strongest in the whole sf field. May those strengths be sustained indefinitely, or at least until the end of Foreigner."—Booklist

"Intrigue, adventure, thoughtfulness, even brief touches of humor in a wonderfully exotic setting." —Science Fiction Chronicle

"Cherryh's follow-up to Destroyer opens up new aspects of atevi civilization, while introducing a younger generation of characters. Superbly realized characters and an intriguing, Asian-based civilization." —Library Journal

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Pretender (Third Foreigner Series #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I want to say I enjoyed this book. It has depth of characters, twists that I was not really expecting and overall is a science fiction must read. I do not reccomend reading this book out of secquence because you would miss many of the nuances from the prior books. I have read and reread recently the whole series. This one called to me and is better than some of the past books. I hope you enjoy it as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only bad thing about this book is having to wait however-long to get the third book. It's technically a stand-alone book, but I really want to find out what happens next. All my favorite characters are acting true to form: Ilisidi is stirring things up, Bren is trying to anticipate disaster, and Jago and Banichi are their usual unflappable selves. Cherryh has always been one of the best authors to illustrate the human-alien interface, but she's outdone herself on the Foreigner set. It's the standard everything else should be held to. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stayed up almost an entire night to finish this book. The action starts on page 1 and never lets up. After a somewhat slow second trilogy, I've found this third trilogy has everything I love the Atevi books for--action, insights into a foreign psychology, palace intrigue, etc. This book is even better than the first of the trilogy, which I also loved. Several heretofore background characters really come to the fore, including Algini and Uncle Tatseigi. Great fun!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Civil war has devastated the Western Association and leaders like Tabini-aiij of the atevi home world are either dead or exiled and in hiding. Murini-aiij looks as if he will take over as ruler of the sector, but humans and other races will probably be eradicated under his xenophobic leadership. --- Human paidhi Bren Cameron, diplomat to Tabini, knows his atevi friend is the only hope to stop the hostilities and to prevent a subsequent slaughter as outside hostile races are heading to this galaxy. Tabini realizes he must regain control of the atevi government because he believes Bren is telling the truth about the upcoming invaders while Murini scorns humans with the help of Bren and his grandmother LLsidi they join forces with loyalist Tatiseigi. First civil war, then the invaders atevi and human are in trouble in this space sector. --- The latest Foreigner science fiction thriller, PRETENDER is a fabulous entry that showcases C.J. Cherryh at her best with the clever Machiavellian political maneuvers between the atevi with Bren used by Murini as a culpable pawn. The action augments the posturing for control as Tabini and Murini seek allies with the former thinking in terms of a two step war and the latter of just vanquishing his atevi rival. This is a great addition to one of the better outer space series of the last decade. --- Harriet Klausner
joleneb3 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Read them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im locked out of the other story result so ik squeasing them togethaer here. Part one:its interesting but make it seven pages for next time! Keep it going. Part two:Awesome but make it seven pages please! Keep it up
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My name is Sheyna Leland. Okay so my seventeen year old cousin Lanah & i were playing a game we called "Pretend". "Pretend" is when we get together & reenact a movie we like but with ourselves added into the story. On this particular afternoon our theme for "Pretend" was "Star Wars." So we start at the beginning of the first of the trilogy(let me warn you ahead of time that i have a HUGE crush on Luke Skywalker). So we're acting it out & all of a sudden it starts getting hotter. "Lanah does it seem hot to you?" I ask, puzzled cause dad had the air conditioning on. "Yeah it does." She says. "And its bright too! Didnt you close the blinds for privacy?" She asked. "Youre right." I say. I wriggle my toes(its a nervous habit), look down & notice two things at once. One, i am standing on sand instead of carpet. Two, i have on strange looking boots instead of pink flipflops. As i am wondering what is going on i hear Lanah exclaim, "look at our clothes!" I look at my clothes & thats when it hits me. "Lanah, we're on Tattoine!" I cry, excited. "Lanah, this is our chance to really act out the movies!!!!" "You're right!! It is!!!" Lanah exclaims, getting as excited as i am. "Now think." I says. "What part were we at when it started getting hot?" "The Jawas were herding R2-D2, C3PO & the other robots out for Luke & his uncle to see." Lanah says. "That appears to be right." I say, looking behind Lanah. "How do you know?" She asks. "Look behind you." I say, pointing. Lanah turns to look.