The sixteenth novel in Cherryh’s Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences…
It’s been a year of upheaval, since Bren Cameron’s return from space—a year when he and the aiji-dowager, one of his most powerful atevi allies, returned home from their two-year interstellar mission to find the government overthrown and their world in chaos.
Now, at last, things are calming down; the Assassins’ Guild is functioning again, working out its internal difficulties, and Bren is settling back into his routine: not as Lord of the Heavens; not—to his regret—as Lord of Najida peninsula, where his leisure estate is located; but as paidhi-aiji, an official in the atevi court.
His current ambition is to keep himself and his bodyguard out of harm’s way, and to shepherd the aiji-dowager’s daring new trade agreement through the appropriate legislative committees. Combined with Tabini-aiji’s recent appointment of his young son Cajeiri as his official heir, Bren’s workload is challenging, but at least things on the atevi world seem to be on the right track.
Something is coming, however, quietly, stealthily, just the first ominous twinkle of a new star in the heavens….
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The story is always good. However, for the last 4 books in this series, they could’ve been combined. And I know the rest are going to be like this too. Too much overdetailed flashback and repitition for padding to extend to make the extra books. It seems to have detracted from the author's usual way of doing things and I blame the publisher for this because the books are all the same page length on kindle. I can tell the author has gone through great pains to mask this, but it’s just a shame they did that to her and to the reader.
I rate this a 3 because of the extended flashback used to pad the book (ditto for the last several also). Otherwise the story is great. Seriously, almost one whole chapter, and all the rest also is in so much detail your eyes glaze over. Stuff you have known 50x over gets repeated yet again. I love her stories, don’t get me wrong. I just get upset with publishers that abuse good authors like this, making them pad the books to get more in the series. If people are buying the series we know this already - on overload! If they don’t, make the flashback “normal” and short and let them buy the earlier books. It so distracts and I am so disappointed. And even this book ends in the middle of THIS piece of the story. So the last several in the series have been doing just one main situation per book because of all the padding, making the story very thin — “indeed” !
I enjoyed the book, as I have all the other 15 books in the series. While it is logical my only complaint was where the book ended. It set up the next book, but I was not ready for it to end ;-)