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Deceiver by C.J. Cherryh
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Jun 11, 2010

really liked it
Recommended for: fans of the series
Read from April 15 to 18, 2012 — I own a copy

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, or Bren is just being a little more honest with himself. Cajeiri's internal monologue wanders back and forth between child and adult thoughts, with some genuinely alien/atevi-like stuff in there.

On the other hand, it almost doesn't even pretend to end. I was looking for the afterword "tune in next week when you'll hear Barb say 'Why doesn't anybody like us here?'" To demonstrate the effect,
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