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Praise for the Foreigner series:

"C.J. Cherryh’s splendid Foreigner series remains at the top of my must-keep-up reading list after two decades. Number 14, Protector, does not disappoint.... And then there’s grownup political intrigue and gunplay for the icing." —Locus (forProtector)

"One of the best long-running SF series in existence.... Cherryh remains one of the most talented writers in the field." —Publisher's Weekly 

"My favorite science fiction series is C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner universe. Cherryh deftly balances alien psychology and human vanities in a character caught between being human and part of an alien race." —Denver Post

"There is plenty of intrigue…marvelous attention to detail that makes the culture of the atevi one of the most complex, multi-layered creations in science fiction…. The Foreigner series is about as good as it gets…so finely and densely wrought that you may end up dreaming of sable-skinned giants with gold eyes, and the silver spun delicacy of interstellar politics." —SF Site

"A seriously probing, thoughtful, intelligent piece of work, with more insight in half a dozen pages than most authors manage in half a hundred." —Kirkus

"Cherryh superbly crafts complex intrigues and alien races possessed of integrity, as well as a sense of otherness." —Library Journal

"A large new Cherryh novel is always welcome...a return to the anthropological science fiction in which she has made such a name is a double pleasure....Superlatively drawn aliens and characterization." —Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer 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. She lives in Washington state. She can be found at

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Product Details

  • Series: Foreigner (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756408830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756408831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've written sf and fantasy for publication since 1975...but I've written a lot longer than that. I have a background in Mediterranean archaeology, Latin, Greek, that sort of thing; my hobbies are travel, photography, planetary geology, physics, pond-building for koi...I run a marine tank, can plumb most anything, and I figure-skate.

I believe in the future: I'm an optimist for good reason---I've studied a lot of history, in which, yes, there is climate change, and our species has been through it. We've never faced it fully armed with what we now know, and if we play our cards right, we'll use it as a technological springboard and carry on in very interesting ways.

I also believe a writer owes a reader a book that has more than general despair to spread about: I write about clever, determined people who don't put up with situations, not for long, anyway: people who find solutions inspire me.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Whitehouse on April 1, 2014
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For readers who have never read the Foreigner series or coming back to it after a long absence, this 15th volume in the series is a perfect re-entry into the fascinating world of the atevi.

Peacemaker continues the story of Cajeiri's plight just trying to have a (9th) birthday party. Continuing from the the events of the 14th book where the translator Bren, has stumbled on the details of a far reaching plot in the Assassins' Guild. Bren and company are determined to set the world aright and relieve the pressure on atevi society, caused by higher ups in the Guild and family politics.

This book centers around the plan to throw the rascals out of the Assassins' Guild while protecting Cajeiri and the human children and preventing the plan details from slipping into the wrong hands. Cajeiri's mother Damiri is operating under the misapprehension that her father had been assassinated by members of her husband's family, and the impending birth of Cajeiri's sister has the whole family in a dynastic uproar.

Like most of the Foreigner series, the book is a complex mixture of alien versus human psychology and convoluted but understandable political intrigue. Ms Cherryh's world-building is first rate, and her writing style strikes a happy median between the stilted style expected of the atevi society and the informal humans. Of note is the summary narrative by Lord Geigi and Bren at the end of the book (not noted in the Kindle table of Contents, but in the book, nonetheless). If you have not read previous books in the series, read Lord Geigi's History of the Aishidi'tat starting at location 4798 (about 91%) first. There are no spoilers in the history. For long-time fans of the series, my only quibble is the lack of much about Jago and her relationship with Bren.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Billy Dean Woods on April 1, 2014
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This book was a real pleasure to read. Plenty of action and lots of loose ends getting tied. The scene with Damiri compelling Bren to inform and advise her was gripping. I already want to go back and read it again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jo L on April 4, 2014
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I really liked this book.

I found the back story of the guild and other historical events very interesting.

The atevi "leaders" are making it clear to Bren how they feel about him. He is valued. It would be interesting how the atevi "leaders" would describe their relationship with Bren. What word(s) would they use?

At first, I was not fond of the alternating voice of Cajeiri and Bren (which started in earlier books). Now I enjoy what is running through Cageiri's mind. It is interesting because he is young and he has lived in both the human and atevi worlds. He, and his human friends, are learning so much about each other. Yes, they use the word "friend" now knowing they may not be able to use it when they are adults ..... or will they???

I am looking forward to future books and how they deal with the Kyo and the "others" out there. I look forward to Cageiri's development as he gets older and what he "teaches" his baby sister ......
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Russel on April 4, 2014
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Peacemaker focuses almost exclusively on the long standing domestic problems that Tabini and Bren have been fighting (or dealing with the consequences of) for decades. Now, they have all come to a head, just as Cajeiri's fortunate 9th birthday is about to happen, and his young guests from the Station have come to visit. The Stationers, Cajeiri's associates from when he was on the station and the ship, are on a planet for the very first time. With wind, rain, thunderstorms and lightening, and, of course, macheiti. But everyone is suddenly at extreme risk as the decades long problems in the Guild come to a head.

This book ties up lots of loose ends and is a very satisfying read. We still have many areas to move forward on, but unlike some previous books, this isn't a cliff-hanger for the next. Very enjoyable, and highly recommended, if you've read the previous books. If not, by all means go immediately to the first, Foreigner and get it. You have a wonderful series ahead of you.

Unfortunately, Amazon in it's infinite wisdom, has not made this book WhisperSync for Voice enabled. That is a shame, since the Audible version of the book is read very well by Daniel Thomas May and being able to listen to his narration adds considerably to the book. I really don't understand why they dropped WhisperSync for this book - most of the others in the series have it. Very annoyed, but I haven't let it affect my star rating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Charters on May 11, 2014
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It is hard to know when you are approaching the end of a series in fiction; creativity can still spring forth with prequels, parallel tracks, and other branches, but this appears to be the penultimate volume in Cherryh's genuinely epic Foreigner series. Taking place on a planet far away, with a native population that is definitely not human, the human translator Bren Cameron has steered the human illegal immigrants and native atevi through fifteen volumes of court intrigue, politics, international and domestic misunderstandings, loyalty, betrayal, and a whole range of human and non-human feelings and communication. In "Peacemaker," Bren and his associates attempt to tie up several atevi political and social crises and bring stability to the world. The volume is filled with the trademark complications of a rich and nuanced society, struggling to adopt to rapidly changing social, economic, political, and even linguistic challenges, and does a superb job. There is an excerpt at the end, written by an atevi and human scholar, that briefly recounts the history of human-atevi history.

You need not have read the previous volumes, but if you haven't, you will be be missing out on one of the most impressive and consistent creative feats in science fiction.
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