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Intruder (Foreigner #13)

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  1,266 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
The civil war among the alien atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri his son and heir, and his human paidhi, Bren Cameron, have returned to the Bujavid, their seat of power.

But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by DAW Hardcover
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Shorter than the rest, but still quite enjoyable. The series is definitely becoming more politics and diplomacy orientated - not a bad thing, but it can put off readers who were expecting more space exploration. (Yet, I don't know how the story will progress in the future, so there's still hope).
Overall, LOVE THE COVER, enjoyed being back in the Atevi world and following Bren's and Cajeiri's adventures, but I still have yet to experience the same level of excitement as the one I had with the 6th
Rosalind M
Mar 08, 2012 Rosalind M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The worst part about finishing a FOREIGNER novel is the time you have to wait until the next installation. I am awed by how well CJ Cherryh writes from a nonhuman point of view and how easily she weaves a child's viewpoint and beliefs/misunderstandings into a plot line fraught with political (and potentially physical) landmines.
Mar 08, 2012 Estara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: previous readers only. It's brilliant but only if you know the previous books.
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy series
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Dec 20, 2014 Stefan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Another wonderful entry in this fantastic series.
4.5 I suppose-as the beginning was heavy of new political areas that ran together in my head. But a wonderful second half and ending.
Red Haircrow
Mar 08, 2012 Red Haircrow rated it really liked it
It was an especial pleasure to finally have answered some of the questions based on the past few books, such as why Tabini wanted his then sole heir to go on the space mission with Bren, among so many humans as well as allowing him to stay in danger at Najida. Also we are finally revealed some secret alliances and who really set spies in place, such as the mystery of Bindanda. I particularly enjoyed the rounding out of some characters personalities, showing a different side as opinion shifted, L ...more
S.A. Bolich
Mar 15, 2012 S.A. Bolich rated it liked it
I really looked forward to this book, after the most recent entries in the Foreigner series revived it from its mushiness. It picks up a couple of weeks after the slam-bang finish in Betrayer, but unfortunately, retains none of the driving tension. This is an interlude, an entire novel's worth, in which nothing happens but plenty of foundations are laid. Everything Bren, the hero, touches in this novel just goes swimmingly. Even young Cajeiri, the other viewpoint character, manages to iron out a ...more
K.V. Johansen
Mar 07, 2012 K.V. Johansen rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this; a good continuation of the series, concentrating on political goings-on among the aetevi. A fair bit of the story is told from Cajeiri's perspective, which gives a nice contrast to Bren's deeper and adult, but human, analysis of the shifts of power. Cajeiri and his troublesome new pet bring some humour to the story as well. I do hope the larger story, the situation with the kyo out in space and their unknown enemies, will come back into the series soon. Bren's been working on a s ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Aildiin rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, novels
This book will appeal to readers familiar with the universe but not to others as this is an interlude book where very little action takes place but foundation are laid for the next two books.
I enjoyed it but I am a long time fan of the Foreigner universe.
Jul 02, 2012 Miranda rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I still own and adore my tattered paperback copies of the first trilogy that started this series. I cannot count the number of times I've read the beginning stories of Bren and the atevi. Reading those first books sent me off on an adventure to read everything CJ Cherryh had ever written. Now, some of her older books rank among my favorites as well. I don't believe I've read anyone who was able to so completely create a truly unique world and do it so well. Her ability and training in anthropolo ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Macha rated it really liked it
4 tending strongly to 4 and a half stars. #13 in the Foreigner series. this would so not be the place to start with this series, which is very chronological. but it's a wonderful gift for those who have followed the series faithfully. it's less about unrelenting action this time than about consequences and possibilities, full of interiority and streaming consciousness, and for that reason is more intimate and revealing about motivations, strategies, and the thought processes of many of the princ ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Viridian5 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Feb 08, 2012 WillowBe rated it liked it
I hated this illustration at first, but upon seeing it in person,I quite like it, excepting the depiction of Bren as a self-satisfied, cynical bureaucrat. This is the first cover that features the social situations Bren so often navigates, rather than the action/adventure/danger aspect. It's really quite apt in that these parlor dramas are where he wields his artistry as the paidhi-ajii most ferociously. So, good cover. There is also the intimation that these supposedly civilized environs are ju ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it
One wonders whether things proceeded a trifle too well for Bren-ji and Jeri-ji throughout the book. Certainly, the lack of conflict seems a bit out of place, considering how often our paidhi must duck out of a gunfight. Or wander across Najida nursing an injury (etc. etc). The lack of conflict, real conflict, seems like a misstep.

However, one must take into account this is but the first book in a new Foreigner arc and therefore, trouble is probably forthcoming. With that in mind, it was pleasan
Scottsdale Public Library
C.J. Cherryh is one of the few authors I keep in both digital and book copy, which is a strange sign-of-the-times compliment. Her Foreigner series revolves around the human translator Bren navigating between the alien atevi and the humans space-shipwrecked on their planet centuries ago. The 13th title is ‘Intruder’ and provides a much needed refresher on the wide cast of characters and delves more into the history of the feudal Japanese-like atevi culture. While not the strongest storyline for t ...more
John Carter McKnight
Mar 25, 2012 John Carter McKnight rated it it was amazing
Cherryh's best in many, many years, and a masterpiece of structure, plot and emotion. Typical for the Foreigner series, the politics is so dense as to require slow, alert parsing of dialog and internal monologue, but, unusually for the past while, Intruder is deeply touching, full of heart and passion as well.

Young Cajieri's maturation continues apace, and his POV chapters are more intimately woven into the narrative than they've been, as he becomes less the joker and more a key player in the sw
Laz the Sailor
Mar 25, 2012 Laz the Sailor rated it really liked it
I love the Foreigner series, and this book has all of the intrigue and misdirection of its predecessors, but almost none of the action and drama. Too many different stories are tracked, between Bren, Ilsidi, and Cajeiri. In the previous books, they were more closely interwoven, whereas here they are more independent threads - good for the characters, but I felt it weakened the core of the story. It's really more of a transition book (at 100K words!) to set up the next two in this triplet. Still ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
I've lost count of what number this novel is in Cherryh's multi-volume "Foreigner" series of novels, but however many have gone before it, this is a strong addition to the series. Like much of Cherryh's work, the novel is concerned with politics, but underlying the political machinations and ruminations is a concern to explore the nature of loyalty, or maybe the nature of the attachments we form with one another as sentient beings. This concern is at the heart of much of her fiction and is subtl ...more
Jun 06, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
C.J. Cherryh's long-running Foreigner series ranks as one of the best alien contact stories in speculative fiction. In Intruder she focuses more on the political manoevings and less on the lightning fast armed conflicts. She is deft hand at managing different viewpoints, and alien vs. human motivations. Highly recommended, though to follow the storyline you will have had to read the previous books in the series.
Sep 22, 2011 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, scifi
Wah! Over too soon. I loved it. Humorous, tense, satisfying... another brilliant installment of the Foreigner series.

Reread in audio format 9/24/12. Boy! Glad I listened to it again as I had forgotten tons of stuff.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Jul 19, 2012 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it really liked it
This is book 13 in the series. Bren is still in the middle of everything and not all is as it appears. Things do look up near the end so it will be interesting to see what the next book brings.
Jan 09, 2017 LindaJ^ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit it. I'm hooked on the Foreigner series. It has grown on me since I started it about 5 years ago. I now turn to it when I need a pick me up, something I know I'm going to like. I found this one quite satisfying. It did not have physical action, which was quite nice after the last sequence (##s 10, 11, 12). This one was basic politics and negotiation. It was Bren dealing with Machigi and Cajeri learning to control his temper and maturing. Illisidi was a minor figure here. Tabini tells Bren ...more
Krista D.
Jan 21, 2017 Krista D. rated it it was amazing
This was so good!

There are a lot of fun moments in this book. First, there will be a birthday party! I can only imagine how THAT is going to go. Geigi and Bren playing cards was the ultimate in bromance and the best. And Geigi realizing that, no, "love" isn't the right human word LOL

It was nice that someone other than Bren has family troubles for a change, and Tabini's comments about him being surprised no one was going at each other with knives made me laugh out loud

The Young Gentleman and his
Apr 13, 2012 E. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
“Intruder” by C.J. Cherryh is Book 13 in her Foreigner series. Human Bren Cameron is still negotiating the tricky minefield of atevi politics as he tries to convince bitter enemies to set aside their differences and accept a newcomer into their ranks. Returning to Shejidan is a mixed blessing as he juggles his duties as paidhi-aiji, welcomes much of his staff back from space, diplomatically deals with Cajeiri the heir to the aiji, gingerly tries to discern the plans of the aiji-dowager (Ilisidi) ...more
Dan Thompson
May 21, 2012 Dan Thompson rated it really liked it
I had been waiting eagerly for this one for a while since it seemed to have had a long gap since the last one. I had also been eagerly looking forward to the start of another trilogy-set in this series. However, I have to say I’m a little disappointed in this one, though it’s not really the fault of the book.

I love this series for three reasons: 1) Cherryh’s use of language is fantastic, both in her English narrative as well as her English-rendition of the Ragi language, 2) her exploration of th
Nov 27, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Cherryh's Foreigner books tend to slide fairly seamlessly from one to the next, and Intruder was no exception. Bren has left his coastal estate to be extensively remodeled and is back in "his" newly renovated apartment in the Bujavid. Tabini-aiji is down the hall, and the Dowager on the other side (this must be a massive complex...). It is now Bren's job to pave the way, so to speak, for Murini's pending visit to sign formal alliance documents with the Dowager.

Not a lot of action-action in this
P.D.R. Lindsay
This novel is the 13th novel in the Foreigner series and takes place just a few days after a major incident in 'Betrayer' where Bren - the human interpreter/diplomat - survived an assassination attempt and brokered a deal between the difficult, constantly warring Marid and its lord and the powerful dowager, the aiji's grandmother and the most powerful atevi after her grandson.

'Intruder' takes us back to the Bujavid, the equivalent of a king's castle, in the capital city, and whilst it looks like
Jul 05, 2013 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
This series is one of the longest-running in SF these days. I've enjoyed each one, and Intruder, the 13th, is the latest one to enthrall me with interesting summer reading.

No one does characters and settings better than C.J. Cherryh. Her Atevi alien culture is fascinating as always, and Bren, the Paidhi (translator) to Tabini,the most powerful ruler on the planet, does a wondrous job of maneuvering around the complex plots and intrigues of politics as the Atevi struggle to relate to humans and
J L's Bibliomania
Feb 08, 2014 J L's Bibliomania rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2014-reads, sf
Intruder is #13 in the Foreigner Series by CJ Cherryh and it is definitely not a series that it is easy to start in the middle (so if you are new to this world, to quote the words of the song "Let's start at the very beginning, it's a very good place to start..")

I've been enthralled by the recurring theme in CJ Cherryh's books of intercultural interpreter. The human who goes out, encounters the alien, and then becomes other themselves. Bren Cameron, the human-atevi interpreter is an continued ex
Marie Michaels
Aug 22, 2014 Marie Michaels rated it really liked it
As I was reading it, my sense was four stars -- I was so happy to be back in this world! I read this book and the rest of the trilogy at once, so it's been a few years since I was immersed in the atevi world. The characters are comfortable and familiar, the politics are dense, and the pace is... decorous.

After reading the latest trilogy I was seized by an urge to skim back through some of the earlier books, and wow, upon comparison with those my sense was three stars -- but that hardly seems fa
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more
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