Author: C. J. Cherryh
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: DAW, 2012
Series: Foreigner, Book 13
Synopsis: In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization, has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate, Najida. But now he is trapped inside Najida-which has been surrounded by enemies- with the powerful grandmother of his ally, Tabini-aiji, atevi leader of the Western Association. Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, is not inclined to be passive and sends Bren into enemy territory, to the palace of the leader of the rebels. Bren's mission is to negotiate with Machigi-a young atevi lord who has never actually seen a human-and somehow persuade him to cease his hostile actions against the west. Is Bren a shrewd enough negotiator to stay alive, and not alienate Ilisidi or Tabini, while also representing the interests of their enemy?
Review: I love this series. It is my very favorite science fiction series of all time. I used to own the complete set, but I lost all of them in a move. I've now decided to get all 12 books that I no longer have. I could start from the beginning again. I'd love that! I read the first book in the mid-90's and still wait impatiently for the next installment.
The characters are all so wonderful - from Bren to Jago to Banichi to Ilisidi. All of them. I love the Atevi and I love their culture. Each story is exciting and impossible to put down.....and each has a completely original storyline that continues the saga.
This series is done in sets of trilogies. Thank goodness, I have the next two that go with this one!
Rating: 10 / 10