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Protector (Foreigner #14)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  475 ratings  ·  68 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'...more
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...more
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
Bronwen Stair
I didn't expect the direction this book took the series, very good read.
Apr 13, 2013 Estara rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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...more
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
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
Megan Tiedje
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
Jo Marie
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...more
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.
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...more
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
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
A really really rich new chapter in the Foreigner saga.
David Kemp
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...more
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
Nathan Trachta
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
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...more
Dan Thompson
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Rena McGee
Protector is a direct continuation from where Intruder left off. As such, it is a tangled mess of the continued “Shadow Guild” arc plus some additional crises. Tabini and Damiri relationship has become extremely strained as a consequence of the events of the previous book, yet despite the continuing familial and political strife, Cajeiri finally gets permission for his human friends to visit him. This visit turns out to have some serious political ramifications, due in part to the atevi politica...more
Bren Cameron, Paidi, continues his role as "interpreter" even though he has acquired many other titles. He continues to help two races try to understand each other and of late, is trying to prepare both for the possible appearance of yet a third species who have been led to believe that humans and Atevi are just brotherly about each other...The Aiji continues to put his faith in his Paidi to protect his young son when things get exciting and in this story, the Aiji's son is going to have a birth...more
Jean L.
I really like the "Foreigner" universe. Although Cherryh tries to give a synopsis of previous event via Bren Cameron's recollections, the intricacies of Atevi society are such that one has to read the novels in sequence to fully appreciate the tale. Some books have quite a bit of action, but others are all about the courtesies, intrigues, and indirect language employed by all atevi (i.e. lots of talk and no action), yet all of it appeals to me.
This is a series review.

As a veteran author, there are few things that I admire as much as consistency. This series--which I not only read avidly, but of which I collect editions--represents one of the best stories in the genre. Particularly inspiring--at least to me--is the nearly day-to-day relation of the protagonist's life as a diplomat. The handling of social interactions and cultural intersections could be banal or merely a catalog of the bizarre--but it is not.

As a former intelligence off...more
CV Rick
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?
Mark Alger
Still... Going on from the previous one. I do love waiting years for several new MM paperbacks from Cherryh, because then I get to immerse myself in her beautifully-drawn worlds for a week or more. When I get my books back and put up on shelves, I'm sure I'll run through Morgaine and Cyteen again. Or maybe Merovingen Nights. Cherryh is one author I always look for in a new store -- a kind of touchstone. Just to see if there's a new one out. I've never been rich enough to buy her in hardback, but...more
Fredrick Danysh
Humans and aliens live together on Earth [?] with the aliens in the dominate position. The aliens are separated into status conscious clans. Bren acts as a go between for the aliens and an advisor. Then Bren has to supervised a child's mixed birthday party.
Leigh Kimmel
This one was a very frustrating read, mostly because there's a thin line between roman fleuve and soap opera. While the political infighting and Cajeiri's long-for birthday celebration are interesting, the story moves forward at a glacial pace. I think the entire volume covered less than a week. It's reinforcing my concern that the author has lost control of her storyline and is stalling for time while she tries to figure out how to handle the arrival of the kyo, the other alien species who show...more
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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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