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Product Details

  • Series: Foreigner (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756408830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756408831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the best long-running SF series in existence.... Cherryh remains one of the most talented writers in the field." —Publishers Weekly
 
"Some of the finest work of Cherryh's long and distinguished career."—Locus  
 
"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. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at cherryh.com.

More About the Author

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.

My personal websites and blog: http://www.cherryh.com
http://www.cherryh.com/WaveWithoutAShore
http://www.closed-circle.net

Customer Reviews

Plenty of action and lots of loose ends getting tied.
Billy Dean Woods
The characters are so interesting and Ms. Cherryh as done such a fantastic job in bringing them to life over the course of the series.
Lucille M. Aspelund
Very enjoyable, and highly recommended, if you've read the previous books.
Charlie Russel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 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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7 of 7 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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8 of 9 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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4 of 4 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tamisha S on April 2, 2014
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A fresh adventure for our friends in the Foreigner universe. Fast paced, action packed, with plenty of character development. Love it, love it, love it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Drew on April 4, 2014
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While we may be accustomed to Bren's lengthy internal thoughts and the exhaustive examination of political and personal motives Peacemaker unfortunately is one of the weaker entries in the series. Despite the rich vein of opportunities presented by the presence of Cajeiri's human companions they are all but ignored in favour of convoluted explanations of Bren's actually quite straightforward mission to Guild headquarters. The extended appendix feels like a consolation prize from an author herself disappointed with the final result. Three stars still as Cherry has built such an engaging set of characters and societies that even her lesser efforts still entertain.
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