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Conspirator (Foreigner #10)

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First in a brand-new Foreigner trilogy

Cajeiri is the young son of the powerful leader of the Western Association-and he has become a target for forces bent on destroying his father's rule. For Cajeiri is the first ateva to understand the humans living among them-an understanding that threatens his own race.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by DAW (first published April 28th 2009)
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Jun 30, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The jacket blurb for this book is generic to the point of pointless, since the story revolves around Bren, the Dowager, and the young gentleman Cajeiri as the characters and plot moves forward. Towards what, remains to be seen...

The politics in the Capitol have forced Bren from his temporary residence to his home on the coast, which he decides isn't such a bad thing. A visit and some relaxation are long overdue. What he leaves behind is one very disgruntled Cajeiri, who takes it upon himself and
All RIGHT!!! Cherryh's written another one!!! If you haven't read any of the books in CJ Cherryh's Foreigner series -- Shame on YOU! All 10 of them are great and this last one's just as good as the first.

If you're behind in reading these books, we're back on the planet and things have settled down, although Bren has been booted from his apartment and must find new lodgings. He decides to visit his estate on the coast and leaves the capital. And the fun begins! Cajeiri, the headstrong heir, is no
Aug 30, 2015 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Most authors would take a chapter to cover the events that transpire in this book. As is her style, Cherryh drags a very small scenario out over a few hundred pages. Granted, I've read ten books in this series and they are all structured like this. Often her level of detail is fascinating and it makes the world feel extremely real. For some reason, in this case it drove me crazy. The entire first half of this book is about nothing of significance.

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C. J. Cherryh’s Foreigner series is (with volume #14 about to be released as I’m writing this) one of the longer-running series in Science Fiction and might very well be the one with most detailed world-building, or, more precisely, with the most detailed exploration of an alien culture. As so often with Cherryh, it is at its heart a story about culture clash between different species, in this case between the humans (or a group of them that has been stranded on a far-off planet) and the atevi ( ...more
Elizabeth Wallace
Nov 03, 2009 Elizabeth Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The "Foreigner" series is the first one I've followed so faithfully in a long time, and yet sometimes in the months (or years) between books, I forget why I liked them so much.

And then I read "Conspirator" and I remembered very very clearly.

It's just beautifully written, very clean and interesting with a lot of dry humor. And Cherryh's depiction of the atevi, the main aliens of the story...I just love them so much. Here they are, these dark-skinned giants (they stand at least a couple feet talle
Feb 04, 2010 Viridian5 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I finished C.J. Cherryh's Conspirator in one sitting today. It was that absorbing. As she adds more novels to the long-running Foreigner series she continues to refine and elaborate on the alien atevi, their culture, and their tangled clan histories and alliances. The human factions thus far seem simpler by comparison. Politics can really be deadly here, which is why Bren Cameron's life as a human representative among the atevi continues to get ever more complicated and never stays quiet for lon ...more
May 20, 2011 Beverly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While some parts were refreshing (I will always adore Cajeiri and Illisidi), it grows rather tiresome to run into the same situation repeatedly. It also grows tiresome when Bren repeats himself, returns to the same tracks, and the book lulls.

I enjoyed seeing conflict between Bren, Toby, and Barb. I enjoyed it less when it abruptly came to an end and we didn't see exactly what was going on with Barb and Bren. I want to know whether or not Barb really is using Toby, like Bren suggests, but we don'
Sep 17, 2016 Nora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, female-author
I thought this was an improvement over #9 in the series. I still find Cajeiri's POV irritating--it's hard to sell the atevi as fundamentally alien when we get to see their thoughts and they're basically human. Also he's just a fucking idiot so there's that. I was actually mildly amused at the end when (view spoiler).

The first half of the book was quite slow, but the second ha
I am going to give it one more star just for the writing style. I couldn't care for the plot. I haven't read any of the series and I understand that I might have missed a point, but still. The plot was dragging me along and when it developed it was too late for me to care. There were ups and downs throughout the story and I liked few details in description, but there were moments when I wasn't getting the feeling that I'm reading a sci-fi book.
Lian Tanner
Apr 09, 2012 Lian Tanner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm following this series through book by book, and loving it. Sometimes it's hard to say why - it can go through long passages of internal angst and periods when pretty much nothing happens. I guess it's the characters. They are so very real and so brilliantly portrayed, they develop, they change, we learn more about them. Glad I came to the series when so much of it was already written.
Fun and games and a comedy of errors at the beginning was a nice change of pace. Then came the politics- and except for a few minutes towards the end of the books that contained so much info on small associations hitherto unheard of- the further plots of the series were presented. Particularly poignant was the end when the aboriginal people's were acknowledged.
Nathan Trachta
May 03, 2009 Nathan Trachta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh, a new CJ Cherryh book; in this case the 10th in the Foreigner series. For most writers, the 10th in a series typically starts to run out of steam; and I have to admit that after Deliver I was hoping that Ms. Cherryh was putting the Foreigner series to bed. Having said that and read Conspirator I’m glad Ms. Cherryh chose to continue the series because she managed to find an area that needed coverage in the series and did so admirably. If you’re familiar with the series, feel free to skip to ...more
May 04, 2010 Estara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
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Jul 17, 2016 LindaJ^ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This will the third time I've written my review of this book. I inadvertently deleted the first one and Goodreads failed to save the second one (when the "saving" was still going on after 30 minutes, I knew it would never happen!). So here's my third attempt, which will be much shorter.

This is the 10 installment in the Foreigner series. I'm reading them faster than they are being written, but still have six, I think, before I'm caught up. I tuck one in now and then as a special reading treat. I
P.D.R. Lindsay
The next three novels in the series take the reader deeper into atevi politics of the past so that we can see how the threads run into the present. Cherryh does this without boring info dumps but through the eyes of, not only Bren, who should know parts of the past history but also through the eyes and mind of the aiji's son and heir, who is learning fast and hard, how to be the crown prince and next aiji.

We are now three or four months after the settling of the civil war. Only things are far fr
Feb 23, 2012 WillowBe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So glad that I waited til all three were out. Also happy that editing is much better and redundancy is somewhat lessened, though at 285 pp, I was kind of disappointed. So again, glad I didn't read it and then have to wait for another short book a year later.

A guilty pleasure is how much I enjoy when Bren fixes Barb with a cold glare and thinks to himself how much he hates her. I just love those scenes when they fight like cats and dogs. And he gets to take the cool headed high road after she pr
Dec 14, 2016 Anitha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not reading these books in any order other than by the order in which they become available on overdrive.
Keeping this in mind, it's good to finally find a map of the west and south coast included at the back of this book, my imagination couldn't have kept up with all the new names and landmarks otherwise.

In this book Bren is giving short notice to vacate Lord Tatiseigi's apartment, and with the Farai occupying his city apartment next to Tabini, he has no choice but to pay a month visit to hi
Rena McGee
Apr 24, 2013 Rena McGee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conspirator is the tenth book of C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner series. In this installment taking place shortly after the events of Deliverer Bren is given a notice of eviction from Lord Tatiseigi’s apartments (where he’d been staying as a guest because his own apartment has been taken over by a noble family claiming that they should have the apartment since they helped Tabini-aiji dispose of the usurper.) Not wanting to cause a hassle and break up the very tentative peace, Bren obtains permission to ...more
Jun 21, 2012 Macha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and a half stars. important events for the series, and for the characters. Bren relearns how to make human connections, while the boy heir Cajeiri learns how to handle atevi associations. Bren and his brother reach an understanding, Bren's household is confronted by an shocking amount of raw human emotion, Tabini-aiji learns from afar how to help his son, the dowager great-grandmother Ilisidi rearranges the politics of the planet more or less casually on a drive-by, and Bren stops worryijng ab ...more
Jul 19, 2016 Ron rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
The series becomes repetitive, the descriptions of the background information and Bren's inner monologue longer and longer, the action more confusing, the progress of the plot minuscle. At least Cherryh avoids the pitfall of many other best-selling authors who increase the volume of their books the less they have to tell, and the basic mode of the novels has not really changed. The focus is still on the political intrigue and the dificulties in balancing several psychologically incompatible inte ...more
Lisa Feld
Mar 09, 2010 Lisa Feld rated it liked it
Shelves: colorado
Not my favorite trilogy in the series, unfortunately. The writing is solid and the characters are as enjoyable as always, but the first trilogy introduced us to the world and the chaos presented by the shocking return of the human ship to atevi space. The second trilogy focused on building a new society on the station and trying to make peace with the kyo, who threatened to wipe out humanity. The third involved the civil war that had deposed Tabini while Bren, Cajeiri, and the dowager were away. ...more
J.C. Webb
Mar 14, 2015 J.C. Webb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: male-protagonist
So this book fell almost as fast as its predecessor. The political intrigue continues in full swing as various regions try to play for power in the Atevi court leading up to the next legislative session. Leading to Bren taking a vacation at his estate on the coast, that would be when the troubles start for Bren. Basically Cherryh has put Murphys Law into full swing in this book, if it could possibly get worst for the protagonists... It will.

A four star book only because of the lack of detail lef
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 16, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another classic from C.J. Cherryh! This is the first book of the 4th "Foreigner" trilogy, which is, obviously, one of the author's favorites. One of the masters of world-creating, Ms Cherryh has made this world so REAL, you can almost reach out and touch it. Our hero, Bren Cameron, is a human who is liaison between human, and Atevi(an alien race, to humans), on the Atevi planet, where humans crash landed some centuries ago. After an initial war of misunderstanding, the liaison was created, as pa ...more
May 25, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Amazing. Truly amazing how her world and the story continues to evolve and keep the reader on the tips of their toes in political suspense. Even after ten novels, the story remains captivating.

If I have one complaint, it's that I've always felt that Toby and Barbara were a little too flat as characters, and I'm still unsure how I feel about them becoming a main thread in the plot of this arc. On the other hand, perhaps a large part of that is because the author writes so well from Bren's perspec
Chuck Childers
Jul 25, 2010 Chuck Childers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly having read 10 novels in the Foreigner series I haven't once needed to consider my rule that I must drop a series or an author when I can't tell whether I've read them before. Happiness. I supposed the Foreigner series in general and Conspirator in particular are best characterized as an ongoing Adventure of Manners, as opposed to a Comedy of the same (tho' there are common elements). And even by adding the 8-year-old Ateva Aiji-in-Waiting, Cajeiri, Cherryh did not provide the disas ...more
May 29, 2014 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have mixed feelings about this story. On the one hand, it's great to revisit the world of the Atevi and their human planet-sharers. On the other, this didn't seem to me like the most inspired story of the series. It was (for me) kind of a re-hashing of old themes. So it was an easy read, a quick read, and it was fun while it lasted, but it won't leave a lasting impression. In this story, Bren Cameron moves to his country for political reasons (The emperor needs to have Southerners use Bren's a ...more
Kaushik Iyer
10 books in, the rhythms of Cherryh's Foreigner series are like old friends. The first book in each trilogy (especially as the series progresses) introduces characters and ideas that will develop in complexity as the trilogy continues. Over time, any semblance of each book being a standalone entity has vanished. Conspirator's drama appears slightly more low-key, but (view spoiler) ...more
May 18, 2009 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like these books and am excited to read each new installment in the story. I hope she never stops writing them.

This one continues Bren Cameron's adventures with the young gentleman, heir to the Western Association of atevi, and it is fun to go along with the human, Bren, as he tries to deal with other humans and with the atevi he has come to understand and care about in his role as go-between.

The young gentleman learns quickly, and it's also fun to watch him as he does so. Cherryh creat
Oct 12, 2010 Eowyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CJ Cherryh is one of my all-time favorite authors. I love this series, and decided to re-read this one before reading the newest in the series. As always, I love the characters, the world created, and the political intrigue. "Conspirator" is particularly fun for me because we finally get to go on vacation to the coast with Bren! (not much of a vacation though, after all!) The action starts sooner in this book, too. It's interesting to get a different point of view character (the precocious Cajei ...more
May 14, 2009 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good, complicated story
Recommended to Alicia by: myself
I am so glad C.J. Cherryh decided to add another book to the Foreigner series! I love Bren, the series's main character - he's complex, interesting, and exists in an even more complex and interesting world.

I cannot recommend this book - and all the others that come before it - enough. Never simple, the plots and characters in these books are fascinating, they're entertaining, they're wonderful. I've been contemplating re-reading this series for the pure entertainment value. Having read book 10,
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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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