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Intruder (Foreigner #13)

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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, 372 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by DAW Hardcover
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Rosalind M
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.
S.A. Bolich
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
Red Haircrow
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
Apr 06, 2013 Estara rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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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.
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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
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
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
K.V. Johansen
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
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
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
John Carter McKnight
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
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
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
J L's Bibliomania
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
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.
Jo Marie
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
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.
Apr 13, 2012 E. rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Jul 05, 2013 James rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Recommended age: 15+ (This book is intellectually complex)
Intrigue, betrayals, complex negotiations and danger. Intruder, as with all others in this series, is bursting with these things. The preceding book had more action and less recent books more political machinations. This was not one of the best, but still a good book in the series and worth the read. Adding to the usual plot - Bren Cameron, human savior, negotiating his way through any danger that pops up - are the antics of a more cleve
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Dan Thompson
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
Lynnda Ell
Something happened in Intruder. Your reaction might be, “Well, duh! Something happens in every book. It’s call a story.” True, but not the way I mean it, here. The Foreigner series is best known for the cultural misunderstandings in the middle of some crisis. Depending on whether you read one of the earlier books or a trio of the later ones,—eventually—the misunderstandings make way for the crisis to be resolved.

Intruder reads more like a docudrama for the Atevi world, no crisis and no cultural
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Apr 19, 2012 Stevelvis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like books reflecting culture clashes
This is felicitous #13 in the series. After reading the first eleven books all in quick succession i began to feel a bit weary because the plot seemed to be stuck in a loop and never getting anywhere. So i gave the series a rest and waited until the 12th and 13th books had been released, and have now read those two back-to-back.

I very much enjoyed reading Betrayer (#12) and Intruder (#13) and felt like i was getting back to hearing news of old friends and family. Plenty of action and intrigue oc
Rena McGee
In Intruder, the political machinations continue as Bren works toward creating a lasting trade agreement (and hopefully peace) between the Western Association and the Marid, and the Marid and Ilisidi’s Eastern district. This is a very complicated tangle made even more complicated by Machigi, the lord of the Marid giving Bren a letter revealing a number of things about what had been going on behind the scenes in Deceiver and Betrayer.

(That is, if anything the letter says can be trusted as accur
Somehow Cherryh always manages (to my mind) to make political plotting and machinations read interestingly and normally that is not my cup of tea. Admitted she does a lot of tell, not show in her narrative, but it makes sense in the context that main protagonists are non-humans and thus it would be hard for a human reader to read a description of their behavior or actions and be able to infer what that might mean therefor the reader needs Bren and his translation and cross-cultural connections t ...more
Very interesting addition to the series. One can see the influence recent revelations about our own CIA operations might have had on the story, in the exploration of how dangerous it is when your secret forces become setters and not just enforcers or policy.

Also, I just adore Cajeiri.
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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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