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Peacemaker (Foreigner) Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 2015
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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." —Locus
"This is the kind of anthropological SF of which [Cherryh] is an acknowledged master." —Booklist
"A seriously probing, thoughtful, intelligent piece of work, with more insight in half a dozen pages than most authors manage in half a thousand." —Kirkus Reviews
“One of the best long-running SF series in existence...Cherryh remains one of the most talented writers in the field." —Publishers Weekly
“This is one of the best science fiction series currently running….by this point, the series has turned into a complicated set of thrillers involving political and factional turmoil, as well as a close and detailed examination of the troubled interactions between human and alien cultures.” —Strange Horizons
"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
“Cherryh plays her strongest suit in this exploration of human/alien contact, producing an incisive study-in-contrast of what it means to be human in a world where trust is nonexistent.” —Library Journal
"A large new novel from C.J. Cherryh is always welcome. When it marks her return to the anthropological SF in which she has made such a name, it is a double pleasure. The ensuing story is not short on action, but stronger (like much of Cherryh's work) on world-building, exotic aliens, and characterization. Well up to Cherryh's usual high standard." —The Chicago Sun-Times
“[Cherryh] avoids any kind of slump with a quick-moving and immediately engaging plotline, and by balancing satisfying resolutions with plenty of promises and ominous portents that are sure to keep readers’ appetites whetted.” —RT Reviews
“These are thinking man’s reads with rich characters and worlds and fascinating interactions that stretch out over many generations.” —SFFWorld
“Cherryh's forte is her handling of cross-cultural conflicts, which she does by tying her narrative to those things her point-of-view character would know, think, and feel.”—SFRevu
"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
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 cherryh.com.
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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.
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.
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.