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(Foreigner #11)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,692 ratings  ·  78 reviews
"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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Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's always a real treat to pick up these books even when I know it's gong to have some parts that are going to inevitably annoy me. Such as Barb. But despite that, I think I'm really getting into--- or perhaps diving ever deeper--- into the alien political misadventure. :)

It's almost as if I'm meant to cry in relief every single time Bren daydreams or doodles or has to convalesce after getting shot because all his other hours are just filled the sneaky suspicion that he's just landed his and hi
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, stars-4-0
Deceiver picks up the narrative immediately after the events of Conspirator, plunging us in the murky waters of political intrigue. The retaking of power by Tabiti is by all means not a finalised action and enemy factions still abound, just under the surface. Every action, or even non-action, has to be analysed and re-analysed, and of course, the smallest item could in fact be something about to metaphorically (and literally) blow up in your face.

There is a LOT of 'thinking' going on here, but

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
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review from Badelynge
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
Oct 28, 2016 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
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, audio
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
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, space_opera, scifi

This one really seemed like a middle book, which is to say it felt like filler. Sure, stuff happens, but nothing gets significantly advanced and the books ends in a non-ending kind of place. Not a cliff hanger, just unfinished business.

And if I'm honest, Bren can sometimes be a bit of an asshole. Granted it's an oblivious asshole, but how worried for your brother can you be if you stuff him in the basement because everyone else is more important than he is, then leave to go travel and forget t
Nathan Trachta
May 23, 2010 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 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 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 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 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 rated it really liked it
Love this series, it continues to delight.
Edward McKeown
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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This sequence is the most densely political yet in the series. While the previous book was a bit overwhelming, I had a better grasp in this one. The complex webs of ties that's been building through the series are dazzlingly evident here.

I also really appreciate Cajieri's PoV, as the contrast between an adult diplomat steeped in alien culture with a young alien boy settling into his own culture gives a lot of depth.

Honza Prchal
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than some books of the series, but the ending, while emotionally satisfying, is probably not her best written stuff, though it is more conclusive than most of her work, and the world-building is fascinatingly important, but not the sort of thing most readers would go for.
Also, this one is particularly hard if one were to drop in media res.
Ronald Wise
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eleven books into this series and I’m still surprised at the end of each by the growth of my emotional attachment to certain characters, and by my ever-increasing admiration for the author’s skill in creating a complex culture rife with realistic tensions and intrigue. And now I look forward to Book 12.
Lyn Hill
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After the first three books in the series, which are slower, these books move so fast it's hard to put them down. And they just get deeper and more interesting. I am in awe!!
Ted Cooper
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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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 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 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 16, 2010 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Ken Richards
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
The middle volume of the 4th Foreigner trilogy picks up at Bren Cameron's Najida estate directly after the conclusion to the events of Conspirator. It takes a little time to hit its straps, because the first third of the story is laden with complicated and intricate atevi genealogy, politics and intrigue, with little real action.

The most effective section of this interlude put the reader into the head of young Cajieri as he learns the behaviors of an atevi lord, in particular how ones underlings
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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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