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When I first read Foreigner, back in early 1994, I was immediately drawn into the exceptional world building, fascinating aliens and wonderful characters. It became one of my favorite Cherryh books and I hoped she would write more.

I got my wish.

It is now sixteen years later, the eleventh book in the Foreigner Sequence will be out in a few months. In celebration, I decided it was time to go back and read the earlier books. I knew I had forgotten some of the material and this gave me the perfect excuse to reacquaint myself with the full depth of story line again.

What struck me as I started the first book is how much of the later trouble is present there in the first one. Not only is the world expertly created, but problems mentioned in passing will become trouble in the future. Places, people ... almost everything is there in the first book, ready to unfold through this epic science fiction journey.

The book starts with an unfortunate group of humans who have lost their way in the wide, dangerous universe. They arrive at the world of the Atevi by chance. They are not at peace among themselves; there is a difference of opinion between those who want a world beneath their feet and a group who want to keep to space at all costs. Some make their way to the world below, despite opposition.

All seems to be going well enough after the first encounter ... but when the story leaps ahead in time, we learn there was a war and now the humans and Atevi are separated and only one human, the paidhi, lives at the Atevi court. This person is responsible for helping to introduce new technology to the Atevi in a way that will not upset the balance of their civilization. The paidhi is also as fluent in the Atevi language and customs as any human can be, and his observances will help future relationships between the two species.

Bren Cameron is the current paidhi. He's very popular with a powerful Atevi leader. He's likely the best paidhi that has ever served at the Atevi court. However, an assassination attempt against him and then a trip that puts him fully into the hands of Atevi, with no human to turn to, shows him just how little he truly knows.

And the adventure has only just begun.



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Zette's Reading Challenge [View all] , zette, Tue Dec-15-09 07:06 PM
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