Deceiver starts only a day or two after the end of the previous book, Deliverer, but I almost didn't buy Deceiver. Why? Because the synopsis of the story on the back of the book is almost exactly the same as the synopsis of Deliverer and I thought that it was the same book. Why would the publishers do this? Was the writer of the synopsis just lazy, or were the publishers jealous of Cherryh's success?
In Deceiver, Lord Geigi comes down from the Space Station to put his estates in order and Cajieri is beginning to grow up and develop ateivi feelings, which, understandably, confuses everybody, including himself. Bren Cameron, as ususal, is in the thick of things and brother Toby (along with Barb, who seems to be at her best when Bren isn't around) gets involved, it still being too dangerous for them to sail back to the Terran enclave.
The action is told from two points of view, Bren's and Cajeiri's and the story ends on a cliff-hanger: still, I'll wait for the paperback version of Betrayer to arrive - hardbacks take up too much room!