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Penguin Putnam
The third novel in Cherryh’s Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences…

Six months have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix—the same ship which brought a colony of humans to the hostile environment of alien atevi nearly two hundred years ago. During these six months, the atevi have reconfigured their fledgling space program in a bid to take their place in the heavens alongside humans. But the return of the Phoenix has added a frighteningly powerful third party to an already volatile situation, polarizing both human and atevi political factions, and making the possibility of all-out planetary war an even more likely threat.

On the atevi mainland, human ambassador Bren Cameron, in a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, has arranged for one human representative from the Phoenix to take up residence with him in his apartments, and for another to be stationed on humanity's island enclave. Bren himself is unable to return home for fear of being arrested or assassinated by the powerful arch conservative element who wish to bar the atevi from space.

Responsible for a terrified, overwhelmed young man, and desperately trying to keep abreast of the atevi associations, how can Bren possibly find a way to save two species from a three-sided conflict that no one can win?

Baker & Taylor
Six months after the return of the alien "atevi" to the human colony it had placed there two centuries earlier, the rise of a polarizing political faction threatens to send the fledgling planet into war, and three people become a society's only hope.

& Taylor

Six months after a human starship returns to the skies above the world of the atevi, the balance of power on the planet is dangerously upset, and Bren is put at the center of a firestorm that could consume them all. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : DAW Books : Distributed by Penguin USA, c1996.
ISBN: 9780886777289
Characteristics: 460 p. : map ; 18 cm.


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May 10, 2013

A satisfying resolution to the first trilogy of the Foreigner series. My only semi-complaint is that it is sometimes very hard to follow the complex web of loyalties between the atevi lords. But, then again, I imagine this is how Cherryh intended it, since I don't think humans are supposed to fully understand how they think. Nevertheless, this was probably my favorite of the series so far.

nancy707 Jul 02, 2012

Book 3


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