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Deceiver (Foreigner Novels) [Hardcover]

C. J. Cherryh
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  • Hardcover: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; 1 edition (4 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406011
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15.8 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable as ever 24 Jun 2011
By Michael Finn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Writing a review for the 11th book of a beloved series, nearly two decades in the reading is probably not the most useful thing I could be doing with my time. If you've got to book 10 I doubt you are going to need much prodding from me to pick this one up. But I love this series too much not to want to just tuck the book away and move on without getting a few words about it out of my system. The politics is thick in this one. There's always quite a bit but this one seemed to have more than usual. I'm not much of a political animal so I'm glad Bren, our trusty paidhi, is on hand to keep track of the situation. Like the previous book, instead of the single Bren point of view we also get to see the world from the perspective of the precocious Atevi lordling Cajeiri. He's having a spot of bother with his new bodyguards who are showing no signs of forming manchi with him, that unquantifiable (at least on human terms) Atevi instinct that causes members of their race to form attachments. To their cost humans have confused manchi with the Human understanding of love or friendship, neither of which have any Atevi equivalent. Inter-species linguistic confusions caused the Atevi-Human war not long after the Humans first arrived. Peaceful co-existence was deemed too unstable and prone to further misunderstanding and the human survivors were ceded an island kingdom and a permanent separation from Atevi interaction. With one exception. Bren Cameron. He is the paidhi. A diplomat charged with interpreting all Human-Atevi contact. Things have moved on quite a lot since those early days and Bren is now paidhi-aiji. He's basically gone native, and become so valued by the Atevi high-muck-a-muck's he's been granted his own lordship, land and the loyalty of his own Atevi aishid (currently four Atevi bodyguards). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars CJC just gets better 23 Aug 2011
By mjs
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What can one say about the Foreigner series? It never seems to end, but somehow you're almost never left completely up in the air unlike 'true' series like the WoT: unusually this one does end in a clear 'to be continued' note. As other reviewers have written, it's very much a 2-voice (more so than Conspirator (its predecessor) from Bren's & Cajeiri's POVs. The way Cherryh manages to evoke the latter's 'alienness', yet enabling the reader to understand him is simply wonderful. After reading Deceiver through (in one night), I went back and read ALL the series - I'm champing for the final in this trilogy now.

Cherryh is simply a GOOD writer, she grabs the reader by the scruff of the neck and never lets go & her English style is truly fluid)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Tale of racial interactions 24 Dec 2011
By cp
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An excellent book, a part of an excellent series which I am now re-reading for the third time whilst waiting on the next volume.
Each time I read this series I get more from it beyond the initial (superficial) pleasure I get from the initial romp through.

Buy it, buy the entire series or pester your local library
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jealous reviewer? 29 May 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceiver 26 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I must confess to being biased in favour of this author and the 'Foreigner' series of books of which this is just the latest instalment.

Some of the the things I like - such as the tight focus on characterisation of individuals and their motivations I am sure would irritate some other people. I do suspect that someone reading this without reading some or all of the preceding books would miss out on the development of some of the characters

I would like to recommend the whole series!
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