The Deep Beyond

The Deep Beyond

by C. J. Cherryh

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The Deep Beyond by C. J. Cherryh

This omnibus volume combines two Alliance-Union novels: Hugo Award nominee Cuckoo’s Egg and Locus Best Novel Award nominee Serpent’s Reach.

In Cuckoo’s Egg:  They named him Thorn. They told him he was of their people, although he was ugly in their eyes, strange, sleek-skinned instead of furred, clawless, different. Yet he was of their power class: judge-warriors, the elite, the defenders. Thorn knew his difference was important—but not important enough to prevent murderous conspiracies against him, his protector, his caste, and perhaps against the peace of the world. But when Thorn finally learned what his true role in life was to be, that on him might hang the future of two worlds, then he had to stand alone to justify his very existence.

In Serpent’s Reach:  Raen a Sul Meth-maren was very young when the machinations of her distant kin erupted into a bloodbath. Years passed and Raen bided her time. Then, on a voyage to the outermost planet of the Reach, Raen encountered Betas with an intriguing tale to tell, an Azi unlike any other, and a Blue Warrior who remembered her contribution to the Hive mind. And she knew her time had come….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756403119
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Series: Company Wars Series
Edition description: 2 BKS IN 1
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(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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Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
C. J. Cherryh is the master of developing truly alien-seeming races and these two books, Serpent’s Reach and Cuckoo’s Egg, showcase her gifts beautifully. In both cases, she uses a human child to help her readers peel back the layers of mystery obscuring the alien cultures. I was fourteen or fifteen years old when I first read Serpent’s Reach. It was my first C.J. Cherryh novel and certain images stuck with me quite strongly for the next several decades—Raen hiding in the hive, the majat fighting. When I reread it more than 35 years later I discovered that I had forgotten all the parts that made the book truly interesting. The alien majat are important, but not nearly as interesting as the fascinating human population which has split into the ageless elites, the normal humans, and the short-lived cloned, azi—not to mention the humans from beyond the Reach that are seeking to expand trade with Raen’s people. This is a great mystery which can’t be understood without first coming to understand the players. It’s well worth the journey. Cuckoo’s Egg is even more intriguing. It’s the story of a wolf-like alien, Duun, raising a human boy, Thorn. The novel is about Thorn’s education and as he learns, the reader learns about Duun’s people. It slowly becomes apparent that Thorn is of critical importance to the politics of this alien world, but just why is the mystery that forms the core of the book. This is Cherryh at her best slowly uncovering the driving motivations of an alien race.
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