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Chanur's Legacy

(Chanur #5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,091 ratings  ·  47 reviews

National best-selling author C.J. Cherryh continues her highly acclaimed series-with a new generation of alien encounters.

Praise for the Chanur series:

A tour de force...quintessential SF. (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)

One of the best science fiction tales ever. (Minneapolis Star and Tribune)
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published August 4th 1992 by DAW (first published 1992)
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Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a reread for me and part of the buddy read of the Chanur series with the SpecFic Buddy Reads group. The series is structured is an initial volume, a middle trilogy and this book, a sequel following Pyanfur's neice Hilfy as the captain of her own ship.

There were five years between the publication of Chanur's Homecoming and this book (and I suspect most of that book was written straight after the previous two) and it really shows. The writing of this is so much smoother and the world so mu
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2019
3.5 stars.

This is about Hilfy Chanur, the niece who became the head of Chanur. Now a trading ship captain in peace time, Hilfy has to content with upholding the Chanur name as well as ensuring her actions do not impact the peace pact her aunt Pyanfar made with the other races, especially when it appears there are factions who'd like nothing better to use her against her aunt.

I had to admit I thought Hilfy and Tully were close friends because of their captivity but I didn't particularly feel thei
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the civilization-shaking events of the Chanur's Homecoming trilogy, this is sort of a return to the smaller-scale space opera of the original The Pride of Chanur. The time is some few years after the events of the Chanur trilogy. Protagonist-wise, the torch has been passed to Hilfy Chanur, late of the Pride of Chanur, now captain of her own new ship Chanur's Legacy, just trying to make a living hauling goods from station to station, but never quite able to escape her aunt Pyanfar Chanur's ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The new audiobook is out and I very impressed. First, I am going to concentrate on the audiobook. I am not going to rehash the plot. Suffice it to say that Cherryh manages to write a wonderfully complicated but satisfying book giving Hilfy Chanur center stage. I have read a whole bunch of Foreigner books since I first read this book, I can see certain similar themes-- Hilfy was once protocol officer on her aunt's ship which has diplomatic overtones, but Cherryh stays true to her vision of the Ha ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I had to force myself to finish this. It has the same cross species politics, doublecrossing, hyperspace zipping around but I could never figure out what exactly was going on. I can usually appreciate the intricate politics that CJ Cherryh create but this was a slog.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Hilfy Chanur, now captain of the ship Chanur’s Legacy, and her foray into high stakes trading and politics among the kif, mahendo’sat, and stsho (and t’ca) who inhabit Comoact space with the hani. Complicating her life further is the presence on her ship of a relatively inexperienced and male hani. Hilfy tries to use the lessons learned as crew under her legendary aunt Pyanfar while establishing her own reputation as captain and clan head. A wholly satisfying book and c
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the final book in the Compact Space series. "If you have a smart opponent, make him think himself to death, " is the advice Hilfy Chanur, merchant captain, was given by her illustrious aunt. Though she is tired of living in her aunt's shadow, she is beginning to understand her.

This is old-fashioned, multi-species SF, filled with both action and intrigue. I only wish there were more books featuring this universe!
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, sf-fantasy
One of my favorite sci-fi series. Cherryh creates an alliance of aliens that feels very odd, yet real and refreshingly, we humans are not the big players in the galaxy. In fact, we are a minor race in the big scheme of things and seen as fairly annoying by the other races.

In this series the focus is on the cat-like Chanur, a race of traders. The heroine is the niece of the main character from the original series. She's trying to establish herself and her ship, away from the reputation of her fam
Lynnda Ell
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C.J. Cherryh used her not insignificant writing talents to return us to the universe of hani and kif.

Hilfy Chanur is the main character in Chanur's Legacy. She discovers that captaining a tradeship in the political shadow of her famous Aunt Py is no easy job. When her ship contracts with the shto to convey an article of historical/cultural significance, her leadership is tested.

The story roars along at break neck speed with complications at every turn. The climax begins with a practical joke an
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patient people who don’t mind the journey being the focus over the end
Shelves: owned
This remains the hardest series for me to rate. I stand by giving the first book the lowest rating even though I enjoyed it, since there is little to get out of this story until you have been with the characters a while. The meandering tone continues, with little attention given to a villain who could have been interesting. Nonetheless it is the funniest, pitting the tough Hani against Mahe with strange ambitions and Stsho who wander between hilarious and infuriating. “Tasteful” now feels like a ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, audio
This one is a good finale. A little better than those leading up to it. I'm glad the audio became available as it made the difficulty of reading the unpronounceable various species names and languages easy. Dina Pearlman, the narrator did an excellent job throughout. I prefer the later Foreigner series, but this is a good read. ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fitting sequel and denouement to Cherryh's Chanur series, but as such you won't want to read this without having read the main series first.

This story takes place about eight years after the final thrilling events of Chanur's Homecoming, which saw an end to the war that had broken out among the races of the Compact--a resolution that worked to the favor of the race called the hani and most particularly to the freighter captain Pyanfar Chanur, who was elevated to a position of supremacy among a
Nancy Schielmann
Science fiction, mystery, money, and politics. What could be lovelier?

Join Hilfy Chanur and her crew as they chase across the systems in an effort to deliver a religious object - the delivery of which would be profitable enough to eliminate the debt on their ship. Unfortunately, the entity who was to receive it appears to be avoiding them, and mayhem seems to dog their footsteps.

Along the way, they pick up inconvenient passengers, a troublesome shadow, doubtful allies, and a male crew member who
Marie Reed
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A very interesting conclusion to the Chanur Cycle of tales, begining with what appeared to be a throwaway scene at the end of Chanur's Homecoming. Hilfy, now a captain in her own right, has to puzzle her way through the intrigues of the Compact races, Stsho, Mahendo'sat, Hani, and Kif, a markedly complex performance contact, and maintain the still fragile peace of her aunt, Pyanfar.

I wouldn't mind additional books in this series. I want to know more about interactions with the humans, and also
Dave Wallace
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, Extremely dense and rapid dialogue like a fine gumshoe novel, which is a good thing. Politic heavy at all levels, and here again a good thing. I did appreciate many subtleties both in the writing and the plot but I had trouble understanding the implied meaning of a central (literal) piece of plot which I understand was part of the mystery. Perhaps as I read it fitfully over a couple of months I was often somewhat disconnected and it seemed a bit just deux ex machina without foreshadow ...more
Rift Vegan
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this entire series... But this one might be my favorite? As Hilfy gets to know her Stsho passengers, so do we. The Stsho are unexplainable aliens, but they grow on you and, with Hilfy, I really start to love them at the end! "Wai!" :) If I live a hundred years more, I don't think I will ever forget the scene (view spoiler)
A great and satisfying end to a good series!

Ted Cooper
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here, Hilfi becomes the captain of her own ship, and aside from some recollections of her trauma while imprisoned by Sikkukkut, basically gets a wholesale personality transplant from Pyanfar (Cherryh seems to wink at this occasionally). The premise is bizarre and charming, and I really enjoyed the Stsho characters and Hilfi's interactions with them. ...more
Bruce Turner
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read the Chanur novels years ago, and I re-read them with a little bit of concern that they wouldn't match up to my fond memories of them. I was very pleased that the story lived up to my recollection. And while the physics of the spacecraft don't exactly match up to reality, I shall never tire of the way C. J. Cherryh imagines interstellar jumps work. ...more
P.D.R. Lindsay
You need to read the whole series. And fellow women readers you've got to love a race of people whose worse curse is may all your children be sons!

Cherryh is great at looking at modern problems and presenting in such a way that we have to think about the rights and wrongs of - in this case - sexual inequality.
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I thought Chanur’s Legacy was a comedy of errors and had the vibe of The Importance of Being Earnest. It was enjoyable and fun. I liked spending more time with the Stsho and catching up with some of the secondary characters from the earlier books. I also liked seeing the changes slowly blossoming through Compact Space. I’m curious if there will ever be more in this series.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice finish to the Chanur series. There's an untrustworthy mahe, a trustworthy kif (!), stsho - lots of them, and a mysterious cargo. There's intrigue, a bit of fighting, and marriages breaking out all over! Who marries whom is for you to find out. :-) ...more
☼Book her,   Danno☼

Another book that I lost interest in. I'll be back. Maybe. At one point I loved this series but the politics is pretty dull here. Perhaps we've all had as much politics in the real world as we can stand and nothing in the fictional world can compare.
Stephen Antczak
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Enjoyable, interesting characters and "universe." ...more
Jim Mcclanahan
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last chapter of the previous book provides a picture of the outcome of all the events to that point, by viewing the Pride crew through the eyes of an innocent oservor, Fallan, a male Hani who wants to be a spacer. He is star-struck at that point and appears in this novel as a clumsy wannabe, eager to do anything to impress the veteran Hani space voyagers and secure a place as a crew member aboard Hilfy Chanur's ship, the Legacy. As usual, there is lots of mystery and intrigue. But this time ...more
Howard Brazee
I always feel that I should like C. J. Cherryh books more than I do. They are award winners, and any chapter I pick seems to be very well written, but I find them hard to slug through. There are other books where action is as slow, and other books with unpronuncable alien words and names. So I don't know why I get disappointed in them, looking forward to finishing them. I may have read this once before - I know I read its sequel - but I forget the details. I'm now old enough that I'm willing to ...more
Jul 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Though they may not be human, the Hani, an alien race of Feline like intelligent beings, think and behave much the way that humans would and this makes it easy to be on their side when they interact with other less understandable aliens. In this story, the Chanur, a spacefaring clan of the Hani get involved in a commission that could be very profitable, but quickly turns into something unexpected and dangerous, it makes for a fun read and a bit of a parable of life here on Earth.

I hadn't read on
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book feel shy of the other Chanur books. It lacked the tension and at some points it was a little difficult to understand the political undercurrents driving some of the decisions and revelations in it. Id give it a 2.5. Again, the 5 star rating system is vastly inadequate for rating books.
Lynn Hall
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The final story featuring the Hani focuses on Hilfy,who still has issues with her Aunt Pyanfar.In this story we learn a lot more about the Shtho.
Another fine installment.I wish there had been more,like her long running Foreigner series.
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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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