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Protector (Foreigner #14)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  1,023 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
It's coming up on Cajeiri's birthday. The boy has been promised he can have the young human children he knew from his voyage sent down from the space station for a two week stay.

But there's far a darker business going on in the background--a major split compromising the Assassins' Guild, which furnishes security and law enforcement to the whole continent. Tabini's consort'
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by DAW Books
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John Carter McKnight
One of the best volumes in this long-running series in many years. Long-brewing plots come to a head, mysteries get explained, and new directions are introduced.

I love this series beyond reason, literally. I'd read 350 pages of an ordinary week in Bren Cameron's life - and with some entries in the series, I've come close. I love the world, the characters, the drawing-room intrigue. An anthropologist/diplomat hero? More, please.

That said, the past 8 books or so have gotten as formulaic as an old
Apr 16, 2013 Clara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a disappointing addition to the Foreigner series. Though it has its moments and a fair amount of suspense (including a nail-biting section that reads like the old movie "When a Stranger Calls"), I found the repetition/recapping of critical events more than a little annoying--even off-putting. Everybody harps on the same people/developments (eg; Haikuti is important, Haikuti is important, Haikuti is important--Oh, by the way, nandi, did I mention that Haikuti is important?) when the plot ...more
Tim Hicks
OK, it's silly to read #umpteen of a series when you have previously read none of the others. But maybe this gives me a different perspective.

Good characters, and a good plot if you can find it. Obviously a thoroughly-developed setting.

But for me - and I *have* read quite a few many-volume series by other authors - this one has a feeling of being written for the fans more than because a story just HAD to be told. It reeks of repeating all the things people must have loved in previous volumes.
Apr 05, 2013 Bronwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I didn't expect the direction this book took the series, very good read.
Apr 13, 2013 Estara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of the series, everyone else will be lost
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy series
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2013
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Laz the Sailor
May 20, 2013 Laz the Sailor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
If the last book was a roller-coaster of thrills and adventure, this one was definitely more introspective. Over 2/3 of the book involved reviewing all the changes in the political landscape that had occurred due to the fighting between the northern and southern alliances, and the split factions of the Assassin's Guild. Don't try to read this one as a stand-alone.

That said, no one details political intrigue like CJ. I was held captive as she went through the permutations and machinations, where
Mar 04, 2013 WillowBe marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
On one hand, great illustration to get boys/young males to take a look. All, tough, sci-fi action; it really tells a story. But a disappointment for long time female fans who believe that Bren is youthfully handsome with a face full of character, and no receding hairline. We never get to see that illustrated. And why do the kids look like Lego people? The cover is uncomfortably YA. But I suppose this choice is better than the overweight ,sardonic Bren of the last cover,which was admittedly aimed ...more
Apr 19, 2014 Macha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and a half stars. mostly exposition. and it ends on a desultory note, unusual for Cherryh. along the way, though, there are some nice bits. Cajeiri's mother gets more ink for a change, as she examines her options and her associations. the old reactionary Tatiseigi repositions himself entirely on the fly as the political landscape changes. we see Jase again, the ship-aiji, after long absence. and the human ship children to whom Cajeiri asserts an association finally meet again on his own ground ...more
P.D.R. Lindsay
Again, this novel adds more detail about the complex plot within the Assassins' Guild to get rid of the aiji and to get rid of the humans. I don't know Cherryh does it but she always manages to add so much more depth and detail in each new novel in this Foreigner series so that readers are not getting more of the same but getting new details and information.

The aiji's heir - Cajeiri - is going to have his most felicitous ninth birthday and he has been able to persuade his father that his human f
Marie Michaels
Sep 04, 2014 Marie Michaels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The political set-up in Intruder starts to grow a bit more taut in Protector, which I appreciate. What I found really interesting about Protector was all the domestic strife between Tabini and Damiri, the latter who I had almost completely forgotten about. Their marital angst is on the one hand so familiar to any couple but on the other completely foreign since there's a major political angle to it -- and of course, they're atevi, so "love" isn't a factor.

The politics continue to be dense, but
Protector moves the plot forward from the previous installment with Cajeiri finally getting his felicitous nine birthday party with his associates from the space station. Unfortunately for Cajeiri, the Dowager is moving atevi around like they are her personal chess pieces, and what was supposed to be an unremarkable trip to Uncles manor, turns into the threat of assassination.

I have to say for this book, I found Cajeiri's story the more interesting plot line, which is a flip from the last sever
Harry Lane
Writing was consistent with previous books in this series. This book would have been very hard to follow without having read at least some of the prior books. Plotting was a bit dense. However, given some familiarity with the world Cherryh has created, the characters are old friends one is glad to spend some time with.
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 23, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cherryh is the master, at world-building. In many of her epic works, she creates extremely realistic settings, populates them with fully fleshed-out characters, and tells their fascinating stories, with plots that can twist, and turn, and beg you to keep turning pages, praying that she'll write at least one more. "Foreigner" is just such a series. The Atevi had their planet to themselves, for centuries, until being somewhat accidentally invaded by humans. That was the set-up for the first "Forei ...more
CV Rick
Aug 21, 2014 CV Rick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The human kids come to Cajeiri's Birthday party and they get roasted and eaten.

Not really. But that would've been cool.

You know what I got for Cajeiri's Birthday? I got freedom from these books. I'll never have to read one again. . . .

Hey, where's my Certificate of Completion?
Ken Richards
Jan 16, 2016 Ken Richards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CJ Cherryh comes back with the 14th Foreigner book 'Protector'. This is the 5th trilogy! This makes the installments all the more like the old Saturday afternoon matinee serial at the local picture theatre. Cajeiri is soon to be fortunate nine, and for his birthday, his human associates will be invited to visit from the space station. Cajeiri sincerely hopes for 'No Trouble!', but atevi politics being what it is, trouble ensues. The buildup is typical Cherryh, a slow build, many earnest discuss ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I love CJ Cherryh, the Foreigner books dive me a bit nuts. I find them a okay read, although I have no intention of ever rereading any of them. While I understand what Ms. C is doing, and why, there are times where I wish she would go back to some of her old stories.
The reason I only give this 3 stars is that I think, this like the other 4 before really only deserves to be a single book. Cut the 1000ish pages from the 3 books into a tightly written and edited 600-700 page book, and Ch
Mary Ruth
I have to say the Foreigner series is THE best (in my opinion) creation of an alien society with all the language, customs, and social mores rendered in an incredibly believable, detailed, and fascinating way. The characters are wonderful, the stories multi layered and intelligent. That being said, I was very disappointed with this installment. There is always lots of talking and thinking between action in Foreigner, but this volume was all talk... And all talk about the same thing over and over ...more
Nicole Luiken
Apr 03, 2014 Nicole Luiken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sfantasy
It's always great to read another book in C.J. Cherryh's atevi series. (I think this is book 14) Complicated politics, high tension and good action scenes told from the POV of Bren Cameron, a human integrated into atevi culture, and Cajeiri the almost-nine-year-old atevi heir. I was especially delighted to see some of the human children from books 3-6 show up again for Cajeiri's birthday party and to hear hints about rising tension up on the space station. Hopefully next book will wrap up the at ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, scifi
A really really rich new chapter in the Foreigner saga.
Gail Loyd
Even though I love C.J.Cherry, the only way I got through these last 2 in the series was because I had already learned to love the characters. Too much background at the start -- yes, these maybe need to stand on their own, and the plot's complicated, but the review is tedious. Then there is so much political intrigue and it is explicated mostly with internal dialog and not action. And it is repetitive. It is obvious that Ms. Cherryh is cranking these out and not employing an editor. As a long-t ...more
David Kemp
Feb 13, 2014 David Kemp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Cherryh does a masterful job of creating a viable universe. This is one of my(if not most) favorite fantasy/sci-fi series. Cherryh finds the right balance between action and developing the plot that requires the “action.”

I also like how she builds the personalities of the characters without turning the series into romance novels.

For the Fantasy/Science Fiction fan I highly recommend this series. And instead of starting with "Protector", I recommend starting with "Foreigner" and reading through
Feb 15, 2014 Viridian5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Cajeiri's ninth birthday is coming up, and he's been promised that his human space station friends can come down to the planet to spend it with him, something he's been looking forward to for a long time, especially since he's spent almost no time with children his own age amongst his own people, the atevi. However, human and atevi politics might get in the way of it. The schism inside the Assassin's Guild is making things much less safer than usual, and Cajeiri's mother's clan might have dark p ...more
C.J. Cherryh's ongoing Foreigner series is a long time favorite of mine, and a new book is guaranteed to get my interest. Bren Cameron as the ultra-capable (and dare I say slightly neurotic?) translator-diplomat living among aliens and being dragged into gun fights makes a fascinating protagonist, and those around him are just as fascinating. The early focus on inter-species frictions initially drew me into this world, but the current focus on political maneuvering has no trouble keeping my inte ...more
Nathan Trachta
Aug 07, 2013 Nathan Trachta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll open by saying Ms. Cherryh has been one of my favorite writers over the years. Saying that the Foreigner series has been something of a roller coaster ride with some being outstanding and others closer to average books. Having said that Protector is definately on the upper end of this series. This time Ms. Cherry's plot and characters seem more "together" and focused. Character wise Bren is sharp and at the top of his game along with his team (ok, Banichi is NEVER out of his top game; reall ...more
Joel Finkle
May 28, 2013 Joel Finkle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fourteen books into a series (the middle of the fifth "trilogy", C.J. Cherryh manages to change the tone of the series yet again. What began as her signature fish-out-of-water human among aliens, has become political thriller.

If you've been reading the thirteen books before this, you may have wondered, "OK, if the Assassins guild upholds the laws and carries out 'diplomacy by other means,' who's watching the watchers?"

Well, it all comes to a head, coinciding with a group of humans from the space
Dan Thompson
May 16, 2013 Dan Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourteenth – yes, fourteenth! – book in the Foreigner series, following the interpreter-ambassador Bren Cameron on his adventures through the Atevi’s world of deadly intrigue.

I confess that I’ve been waiting for Cherryh to pick up again on a plot thread left hanging in book 6, and it’s not like she’s forgotten about it. Indeed, the looming return of that plot thread is on everyone’s mind, but we did not get it in this book. I found that very disappointing in the previous book, but I
May 31, 2013 Charty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last few books, I was starting to wonder if Cherryh had run out of steam for the Foreigner series (she's on book 14!) but I really got interested in this one. It had a nice balance of action and characterization. Her plots and the political motivations that drive them often feel like they go over my head but this time around I felt as if I understood the motivations of everyone involved and stuff made sense to me. I think it partly helps that Bren is so much more astute since he's the reader ...more
Jun 02, 2013 Jennie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This is one of my all-time favorite series. I love the detail that has gone into this world, and I love the intrigue, the emphasis on language, and the complex politics. I have truly enjoyed watching Bren's evolution from simple translator to high-ranking lord, with all the problems and privileges of his position.

In this latest offering, Bren and his associates are still dealing with the aftermath of the coup, the attack on Najida, the court intrigue of the last novel, and Cajeiri's upcoming bir
Jul 04, 2013 Richelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This series is getting a little long-winded, but I can't resist getting back to Bren's adventures. I've been reading this series a long time, and feel like Bren is an old friend.

Story was better than the last couple of entries. As usual with CJ Cherryh, the ending was the book's weak point. There is a crisis, which is resolved, and the rest of the story just kinda trails off...This one leaves a lot of unfinished business as well.

Also noticed a lot more exposition than usual. Not sure if I've ju
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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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