Author: C. J. Cherryh
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: DAW, 2013
Series: Foreigner, Book 14
Synopsis: It's coming up on Cajeiri's birthday. The boy has been promised he can have the young human children he knew from his voyage sent down from the space station for a two week stay. But there's far a darker business going on in the background--a major split compromising the Assassins' Guild, which furnishes security and law enforcement to the whole continent. Tabini's consort's own father has been barred from court, and may be involved in a new conspiracy against him. For safety reasons, Tabini wants Bren and Ilisidi to take charge of Cajeiri, and protect him and his young guests. They themselves are very likely targets of whatever's going on, no question of it. So is Cajeiri. But having the targets separated and contained is an advantage. It's Bren's responsibility to entertain the guests, keep the security problem secret...and let a lonely eight-year-old prince reestablish his controversial relationship with the only other children he's ever met...inside the best security they can manage.
Review: The atevi. I love them and they would never understand that. To them, the word 'love' doesn't apply to people. They can love salad, but they cannot love each other. The human word 'friend' is not at all the same as the atevi word 'associate'. Man'chi, the driving force in the atevi lives, has no direct translation into the human language. It's something like loyalty, but more instinctual in a way humans cannot comprehend. Even speaking of these words and their differences can cause discomfort and trouble between the species.
Yet, young Cajeiri has spoken about these things with his human associates. They have not reached complete understanding, but have come to accept their differences. These are children, but I believe they will change the entire atevi/human relationship. They are the future.
Meanwhile, my favorite characters remain and I so enjoy these stories.
Rating: 9.5 / 10