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Deceiver (Foreigner #11)

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"One of the best long-running SF series in existence" (Publishers Weekly) continues with the second novel in a brand-new Foreigner sequence.

The civil war among the alien Atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri, his son and heir, has returned to the Bujavid, his seat of power. But factions that remain loyal to the oppos
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by DAW Hardcover
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Writing a review for the 11th book of a beloved series, nearly two decades in the reading is probably not the most useful thing I could be doing with my time. If you've got to book 10 I doubt you are going to need much prodding from me to pick this one up. But I love this series too much not to want to just tuck the book away and move on without getting a few words about it out of my system. The politics is thick in this one. There's always quite a bit but this one seemed to
The only thing wrong with this book is that I have to wait 'til April for the next one. >-< (that's a grumpy face). I like how she's changing points of view. It began a book or so ago and at first, I wasn't sure how I felt about it -- gasp! change in my comfortable atevi world? -- but now am liking it quite a lot. There were some truly hilarious scenes with Ilisidi and Cajieri, and of course the trademark tension of a potentially deadly political disaster resulting in bloodshed. And one sc ...more
Nathan Trachta
Ahhh, a new CJ Cherryh book; I'm always looking forward to her latest release. In this case Deceiver is Ms. Cherryh's 11th in the Foreigner series. After 11 books in a series one might expect the tempo to become stale, however Ms. Cherryh has kept the series alive nicely.

Deceiver has the feeling and tempo that is reminiscent of an Akira Kurosawa film; the interactions are deep and intricate, the story is moving with action that comes alive in the telling. Ms Cherryh shows the character interact
i'm finally beginning to feel guilty for enjoying this continuing series. It was sci-fi in an anthropological sense for the first couple of books, but the series quickly devolved into political soap opera. I'm still enjoying the books though because i still have a connection to the characters. The Deceiver had plenty of action in the military/politics vein but I'm ready for Ms Cherryh to bring back the clash of civilizations in the sci-fi motif by mixing up the planet and the space station with ...more
CV Rick
Is there a light at the end of the tunnel . . . book 11 . . . yes, I'm still at it. I can't quit now. I want that certificate of completion.

To be fair, if this wasn't on audio and I couldn't just zone out for hours of exposition on topics so engaging like the proper socks to wear to a country breakfast, I'd have given up long ago. But, by now it's just droning in the background like ever-present wasps that will sting you when you haven't done anything wrong.

"Why are you yelling?" asked my brot
Lynn Calvin
Well, if you haven't read the first ten you should probably start with those. Brlliant. As always, Cherryh makes me believe that I understand alien patterns of thought and hardwired alien emotions that are different from human.

Kaushik Iyer
Jo Walton described this well as the second in a felicitous three. The fourth trilogy of Foreigner is smaller in scope than its predecessor (anything would be after meeting the Kyo), and it suffers for it (especially if you're reading with the hope of hearing more about the Kyo, there's no sign of them).

That being said, we learn a great deal about man’chi, through Cajeiri's eyes as he nears the end of the year before felicitous nine. The books are worth reading for that alone. I'm really curious
Maurynne  Maxwell
Love this series, it continues to delight.
At this point, 11 books into C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner series, you really have to have read at least some of the books before it to really get what's going on in her Deceiver. I enjoyed a lot of it, but this is a book where a lot of the action comes from tense conversation and politics, very occasionally punctuated by a gunfight. If a lot of conversation and politics isn't your thing, you won't like Deceiver. Sometimes I would have liked more traditional action and less navel gazing myself.

Edward McKeown
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With a title like that, you know there's going to be a major problem in the story -- that's to be expected in Bren Cameron's life. There is no such thing as a quiet vacation, perhaps a bit of a fishing trip (a belief reluctantly held by young Cajeiri as well). Knowing that the southern Marid has made inroads into the coastal area, he must work with his allies to do their best to make certain [return][return]Bren has a full house of important guests -- Illisidi, Lord Geigi (returned from space to ...more
Mar 25, 2012 E. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
"Deceiver" by C.J. Cherryh is the eleventh installment in her `Foreigner' series that details the interaction of human Bren Cameron and the enigmatic and fascinating aliens known as the atevi. The civil war among the atevi has ended with Tabini-aiji's return to power but there are still dangers lurking as Bren tries to ensure the safety of key members of Tabini's family even as the murky political waters are being navigated. Continued assassination plots, insubordinate guards for the young heir, ...more
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Danielle Parker
Everyone who reads science fiction knows C. J. Cherryh. The woman has a back catalogue that will fill the length of its own library shelf, and I’ve read most of them. A friend of mine loves her Morgaine series so much that every few years, he re-reads them. I myself own two favorites I intend to beg Ms. Cherryh to autograph, if I ever manage to meet her at a local convention: Faery in Shadow and Downbelow Station, respectively my favorite of her fantasy and her science fiction works. And I just ...more
Bren Cameron, human ambassador to the atevi natives, struggles to quell the latest outbreak of atevi warfare and assassination attempts.

In the eleventh volume of the Foreigner series, Bren Cameron is trapped on his estate on the west coast of the atevi-inhabited continent, along with both the grandmother and the heir of the atevi ruler, Tabin. Surrounded by guerilla forces of the insurgents trying to depose Tabini, Bren, his bodyguards, and his allies work on the delicate task of forging politic
I love reading stories about intrigue, where the aim is to outwit your opponents, not to overpower them, where complex machinations are set into motion and then clash with each other in unexpected ways, where the antagonists dance around each other with words rather than bashing at each other with weapons, but where a well-placed word can be as deadly as a swordstroke or a bullet. And C. J. Cherryh belongs to the authors who do this best, in particular in her Science Fiction (which I tend to pre ...more
Rena McGee
The direct sequel to Conspirator finds Bren Cameron in the middle of a political situation instigated by the nephew of Lord Geigi, a colleague and associate. Said political situation has created a massive problem between the still present factions that tried to stage a coup against Tabini and the Edi, an ethnic minority that has been trying to get its own representation within the aishidi’tat for centuries. That the political situation would have resulted in the nephew’s death is, at the opening ...more
CJ Cherryh is the premier writer of what I think of as statecraft science-fiction. This is the stuff that occurs before the bullets start to fly that determines when they fly, how many of them fly and who they are aimed at. It's what goes on before Seal Team Six is dispatched, though we do get to see some of the running and gunning, particularly when things go wrong or as John F Kennedy used to say, Some dumb s.o.b doesn't get the word.

Deceiver is the 11th book of the Foreigner series that detai
Apr 19, 2012 Brian rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Another entry in the ongoing series - and since the author is averaging about a book a week (character time) or so now, I figure we're looking about two or three trilogies before Cajeiri gets to go fishing, a couple hundred before the kyo show up.

This book is exactly what you'd expect going in, with bonus points for the extra action, and tighter 'when we last saw Bren' section at the start.

Barb's character is more interesting than in earlier books, it's debatable whether she's smartening up, o
Loved this one. It was great to see Geigi again. And I grow fonder of Cajeiri with every book. Also, I have to say I love the cover art on this one, Bren surrounded by his aishid: the series in a nutshell. You gotta love a world where someone holds a gun to your head one minute and invites you to tea the next.
John Carter McKnight
The best entry in this series since the space voyage many years ago now. More action than in recent volumes: where the previous novel was about 95% internal monologue and conversation, here it's about 80%.

Outstanding chess-game politics, of course, everything the series has delivered all along. A very welcome addition: young Caijieri has grown from scamp and boy-hostage into a *very* impressive thinker. The scenes narrated from his maturing POV are a true delight.

The only downside? The book st
Book 11 in the Foreigner series. continues right on from the last one - there's a full-scale coup on the planet in progress, so many events are converging. the Dowager and the Heir are both front and center, which is always good, and the boy is finally beginning to grasp what he was meant for. meanwhile, Bren becomes dangerously involved in politics, no part of his mandate until he became a landowner in the Western Provinces, so he is somewhat uncertain of his ground, which makes him a bit less ...more
Warren Rochelle
I have long been a fan of the Foreigner series and Cherryh does well here what she tends to well: intricate details, political intrigues and machinations of the atevi society and its interactions with humans via Bren, the paidhi. But this one, for me, while a fun read, felt like part of a longer story and not as fully developed as it could have been to sort of stand alone and still be the 11th book in a series. Important things do happen as a crisis comes to a boil, yet, still, not as much as I ...more
Took forever to get started, but was a fantastic read!
I'm pretty impressed that Ms. Cherryh found another place to go in the plt. The last trilogy just seemed to be chasing about the countryside with no real goals beyond staying alive. So it's back to real politics. And I was on tenterhooks during the byplays between Maschigi. And poor old Barb!

Bravo with confronting the Boogeyman who seemed omnipresent and omnipotent. And all the twists and turns of motive, truly mind-twisting. I was really shocked at how short the book was. I had to go back and r
Mark Edlund
Cherryh continues her labyrthine exploration of politics and intrigue aishidi'tat of Tabini. I have lost count of the number of books in the series but they are amazing in that each novel spans only a very short period of time. Bren is a human diplomat caught in all these intrigues. His aliens are bigger, faster, more devious and better armed. This is typical of Cherryh's books in that humans are never the saviours or the heroes. They seem to get in the way. These books have to be read in order. ...more
Rosalind M
I am frankly awed by CJ Cherryh's ability to not only build new worlds but to explore nonhuman mindsets. The aliens in her series are never just humanoids of different colors and sizes--she works far beyond language into emotional perceptions and connections that are unfamiliar to human minds and human understandings. I look forward to seeing how Bren Cameron continues to deal with the knowledge that he may never be able to truly understand the people to whom he has devoted his career and his lo ...more
Excellent book. Fast reading indeed. Well done!

This one is more on the active side (a big plus), so there is a lot happening and the scope of the conflict widens considerably every 50 pages or so...

I love Cajeiris development from carefreee youngster to a young gentleman with his own view of things and some problems of his own. Man'chi is a very difficult concept to grasp, especially for a human (reader) or a youngster that has spent considerable time with humans on a spaceship.
Karen Ireland-Phillips
C.J. Cherryh's Deceiver rocks. Uber-fast pacing, politics that would make Machievelli weep, emotional payoff (not necessarily your emotions, though) galore, character growth. As Jo Walton pointed out in her Tor review of the first book in this series, Foreigner, one has to read the entire series for the last one to make sense, but that's all to the good. Get crackin'; you're missing something.
The story continues, and the the Atevi are still awesome. Good stuff. only minus is that there is no ending.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Foreigner (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Foreigner (Foreigner, #1)
  • Invader (Foreigner, #2)
  • Inheritor (Foreigner, #3)
  • Precursor (Foreigner, #4)
  • Defender (Foreigner, #5)
  • Explorer (Foreigner, #6)
  • Destroyer (Foreigner, #7)
  • Pretender (Foreigner, #8)
  • Deliverer (Foreigner, #9)
  • Conspirator (Foreigner, #10)
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