In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization, has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate, Najida. But now he is trapped inside Najida-which has been surrounded by enemies- with the powerful grandmother of his ally, Tabiniaiji, atevi leader of the Western Association. Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, is not inclined to be passive and sends Bren into enemy territory, to the palace of the leader of the rebels.
Bren's mission is to negotiate with Machigi-a young atevi lord who has never actually seen a human-and somehow persuade him to cease his hostile actions against the west. Is Bren a shrewd enough negotiator to stay alive, and not alienate Ilisidi or Tabini, while also representing the interests of their enemy?
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"The story continues"
If you've been reading the Foreigner series, then you won't want to miss this book! The fighting is in and around Bren Cameron's country estate, as Bren must negotiate with Machigi to prevent a full out civil war. Again.
If this is your first contact with Cherryh's Foreigner series, stop! You really need to go back to the very beginning of the series. There is way too much that you've missed to start with this book.
Ilisidi and the young son, Cajeri. The dowager continues to be a powerful and unpredictable force, with an agenda of her own. And Cajeri is a continuing surprise.
Excellent narration, though a bit slow. But the Atevi voices feel right.
A great series. Highly recommended!!
The book is a classic, the best long series I know of and I have been reading Science Fiction for over 50 years. Just start at the beginning of the Foreigner Series and DON'T STOP.
The 8 year saves his grandmothers life.
He reads with a love of the story, very very impressed.
I laughed - cried and happily missed meals.
"This is impossible!!!!!!!!!!!"
I never thought I would find the series I like so much!!!!!
There's nothing I can write, because any molecule of information may spoil your enjoyment of the series.
One thing is definite The Series is in my TOP 10 LIST!!!!!!!!!!!
"Awesome! One of the best science fiction series."
Yes, again and again. The story really keeps you on your toes. The way Bren Cameron handle the negotiation with Magichi to prevent a civil war is really awesome.
When Tabini Aji came to find Bren.
The heir, Cajeiri trying to be helpful despite being thwarted at every move. He is turning out to be a good future ruler. I also like his obvious regard for Bren.
Please continue this series! C J Cherryh is indeed a very talented writer!
"Phoning it in"
A long dialogue by Bren about all the things he's worried about - none of which come to pass. Mental exercises that have little value to the reader. Written by her apprentice(s)?
"the last book in this 4th sequence"
This is like the other reviews that I have done the real review is really in the first book in the sequences for each group of them so go there and read that.
This being the last book in the sequence doesn't end in a cliff hanger so you can wait if you need and read the next sequence later.
Yes. This is the capstone book for the forth sequence of the Foreigner series. Cherryh has pulled off something that is very difficult, if not impossible. She has kept the series fresh, yet informs new readers during the introduction of each book of the action that has occurred previously. In this series, Bren Cameron is back on the world, and we are introduced again to Cajeiri, who is growing into his role as heir apparent with a considerable lack of grace -- although he is trying hard to behave and do as he should.
Cajieri. His antics and immature thougts reflect Cherryh's background as an educator. His antics get him into a lot of hot water, but also serve to help drive the main plotline. Like many children, he lives encapsuled by an adult world which affects him, but which he can affect only minimally.
In this third book, Cajieri is starting to mature, as he moves toward his ninth birthday. I think my favorite part is where he is trying to help his grandmother, and when bombs are thrown at Cameron's house, he is knocked down. But his main concern as he comes to himself is that he broke the tea service.
Yes. I had a hard time breaking away to do other things I needed to do.
Concurrent with listening to this series, I re-read Cyteen, Regenisis and Forty Thousand in Gehenna. Cherryh is an author I re-read periodically, as a reminder of how good plotting and excellent writing actually work. Her writing is dense, packed with information on every page, yet well-paced and enjoyable.
"OK, too much of the same thing"
Good series but I have read the series from the beggining and it seems to be more of the same thing, getting boring
Don't think I will make it to the last book
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