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Betrayer (Foreigner) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2012
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Long-time fans of the series won't be disappointed with Ms. Cherryh's latest offering. In this go-round, Bren is dealing with a particularly obstreperous opponent: Machigi, the nominal leader of the Marid and one of Tabini's most dangerous enemies. For folks who haven't read the previous books, however, there is no point in starting with this volume, as it won't make any sense to you. The political maneuverings and considerations involved here are sufficient to give even a veteran reader of the series the occasional mild headache, as is usual.
Pick this one up and read it for Bren, Cajeiri, and the rest; it'll be a satisfying use of your time.
However, though the capital of Bujavid is back under full control, hostilities remain especially in the Marid District, which borders on Bren's estate. Tabini's grandmother Illisidi assigns Bren to use his negotiating skills to broker a deal between Tabini-aiji and upstart ambitious Machigi of the Marad. Machigi is interested in what the first human he has met says, but distrusts sly Illisidi. Instead he invokes Atevi law by naming Bren the mediator between his unstable side and that of the leader. Knowing Atevi history better than almost any native, Bren knows the most difficult part of the assignment is staying alive as mediators almost always are the only thing two fractious sides agree on; that is death to the mediator.
The third book in the fourth Foreigner Universe series (see Deceiver and Conspirator) is a terrific cerebral entry with plenty of action, but the political machinations are the backbone to the exciting story line. The human hero is once again caught in the middle but this time he must prove loyal to both sides in the debate; not easy to achieve since he and Tabini are close friends. Fast-paced, as always in this saga, readers need a chapter or two adjust to the local dialect as C.J. Cherryh transports her audience to the Foreigner Universe.
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This is part of a great series about the meeting of a space faring human society and a steam age non-human one. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by peter kent
Excellent Book. Arrived Quickly In Good Shape. Makes We Want To Read The Rest Of The Series.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
CJ Cherryh is my favorite science fiction author, bar none. Her characters never fail to fascinate, and I have read and reread most of her books. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gail B Palmer
pace in creased in plot twists, and love the complexity of characters.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cherryh is my favorite science fiction author so what can I say? This is a wonderful series, a wonderful book.Published 12 months ago by Pandababy