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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, 355 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by DAW
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Jun 24, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
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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

Bren and Tabini :3 We rarely see the Human ambassador and the Aiji of the Western Association together, but I've always been fascinated by their mutual respect for each other.

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Well, what can I say, we're still stuck dealing with rebels, assassins and back-stabbing Atev
Jul 20, 2010 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, scifi
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
May 23, 2010 Nathan Trachta rated it it was amazing
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
John Carter McKnight
Jul 11, 2010 John Carter McKnight rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2010 Stevelvis rated it liked it
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
Lynn Calvin
Feb 05, 2010 Lynn Calvin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon-preorder
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.

Mar 14, 2010 Carol rated it it was amazing
True, you really have to read the series from the beginning. But I have become hooked on them. Quite an undertaking.
Maurynne  Maxwell
May 21, 2010 Maurynne Maxwell rated it really liked it
Love this series, it continues to delight.
Edward McKeown
Nov 23, 2011 Edward McKeown rated it really liked it
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Danielle Parker
Jun 17, 2012 Danielle Parker rated it liked it
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
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
Mar 25, 2012 E. rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2010 Estara rated it it was amazing
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Oct 16, 2010 Froglily rated it really liked it
Shelves: 220, science-fiction
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
Jan 25, 2016 Ladysatel rated it really liked it
Deceiver is the 11th book in the Foreigner Universe. All books are definitely linked to the previous one. That said if you have not read any of the previous books starting with Foreigner you might wish to start at the beginning.

This is a good series about the people of a planet called the Atevi. Discovered by a human star ship in trouble the crew erected a station in orbit and began to communicate with the native people. Since the ship was lost and no way to return to earth the station people be
Jun 08, 2010 Viridian5 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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.

Jan 28, 2011 Lazette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, fiction
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
Krista D.
Jan 15, 2017 Krista D. rated it really liked it
Didn't I say I was taking a break from this series? I said that, didn't I? And yet, here I am. Still getting through yet another trilogy arc!

Gone is whining Bren. Hello gunslinger Bren.

All Bren wants is some time alone on his estate to drink some tea and sleep with Jago. Instead, half of the world shows up for dinner and has giant fights in his living room, all the while his staff go into shock. Tabini and the Dowager yell at each other in the sitting room. Barb and Tobi get into a screaming ma
Oct 02, 2015 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
As with the rest of the Foreigner books, this one picks up immediately after Conspirator (#10). Ilisidi, Bren, and Cajeiri, Banichi, and Jago, and their respective ashids are still at Najida, Bren's coastal estate, waiting to welcome Lord Geigi from the space station and to start cleaning up the mess Geigi's nephew has made of things politically in the region.

But the more they uncover from the nephews transgressions, the more of a snakes nest they find. When Toby is shot and Barb kidnapped, Ili
Rena McGee
Jun 02, 2012 Rena McGee rated it liked it
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
Aug 11, 2013 Sfreader rated it liked it
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
Oct 28, 2016 LindaJ^ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really glad that I have the next installment of this series in hand because this one abruptly ended with everything still up in the air. Usually the books in this series resolve the current conflict or at least come to a natural break. This one did not.

At the current point, Bren and Illisidi are acting without the explicit approval of Tabini, but all signs indicate he will be pleased if they are able to resolve the situation and likely take the credit. Ceajiri continues to mature. It is hard
Jun 11, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it
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
P.D.R. Lindsay
'Deceiver' nicely rounds off the loose ends of the civil war and then discloses another plot which has been maturing for years.

The aiji's dowager is determined to stop this constant upheaval in the Marid which has been going on all her long life. She and Bren sort out the next door estate, run down the villains and sort out another estate in trouble then he heads for the real enemy now, to convert him to an ally. Not an easy task.

Bren heads off leaving young Cajeiri to support the dowager, his g
CV Rick
Aug 16, 2014 CV Rick rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 16, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it it was amazing
There's a reason why C.J. Cherryh is one of my favorite authors. Great art, must be evocative. If you don't feel something, or are not moved, in some way, shape, or form, then it cannot be great. Cherryh's books are nothing, if not evocative, and her "Foreigner" series is the most evocative. This book was a roller-coaster ride of emotion, extremely fast-paced, with somewhat of a "cliff-hanger" ending. It is the middle of the 4th "Foreigner" trilogy, and unfortunately, the final volume is not due ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Macha rated it really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2010 Warren Rochelle rated it really liked it
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
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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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Foreigner (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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