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Deliverer (Foreigner Universe Books) Hardcover – 6 Feb 2007

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; First Printing edition (6 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756404142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756404147
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,610,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Foreigner series is about as good as it gets."

"Some of the finest work of Cherryh's long and distinguished career."

"One of the best long-running SF series in existence...Cherryh remains one of the most talented writers in the field."

"A large new Cherryh novel is always welcome...a return to the anthropological science fiction in which she has made such a name is a double pleasure."

"The stirring ninth entry in Cherryh's much praised Foreigner series...As always, Cherryh alternates complex political maneuvering with pell-mell action sequences in an intensely character-driven SF novel sure to appeal to the many fans of this series." Publishers Weekly
"Bren Cameron's travels among the atevi and in a context redolent of a feudal Japan equipped with futuristic technology continue from Pretender. His mission combines diplomacy, intelligence, trade, anthropology, and safeguarding Cajeiri, a vitally important eight-year-old heir shrewd beyond his years...That transforms the book into an absorbing combination of anthropological sf and "The Ransom of Red Chief." Faithful Foreigner saga followers, in particular, will have a ball." Booklist
"Cherryh deftly balances alien psychology and human vanities." Denver Post" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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C. J. Cherryhplanned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a typewriter while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin, and Greek. With more than seventy books to her credit, and the winner of three Hugo Awards, she is one of the most prolific and highly respected authors in the science fiction field. Cherryh was recently named a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Washington state. She can be found at cherryh.com." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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And that's exactly what this does. I found the third book of the series on a book stall in a grey and thoroughly depressing small town in Northern France. I was in between trains and desperate for something to relieve the boredom. After the first chapter I was hooked. Since then I have happily tracked down the rest of the series.

When I came to the end of Pretender, I wondered where the story could go from there. At the most, with a classical happy ending lurking just around the corner all that could happen would be tying up the loose ends. Not a bit of it. I won't summarise the story because if you haven't read it you should, but when this book opens, all is very far from "happy ever after" for reasons which demonstrate just how much thought has gone into the creation of the world of the Ateva and the extraordinary culture which has shaped it. I have no idea whether or not we are going to get another in the series (yes please!) but the ending of this book is curiously and satisfyingly incomplete - just like real life.
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I was a tiny bit worried when I started reading this book. "Pretender" had left me a little cold, and I couldn't help thinking that maybe this series really was going downhill after the peak that was "Explorer", like some people have said. (Well, I did like "Pretender" too, but not nearly as much as some earlier books.)

Now I can say that although "Explorer" still holds its place as my favorite book in this series, "Deliverer" is a very close second. Of course, that might simply be because I love Cajeiri, and this book is very much about him. In fact, for the first time we hear another voice than Bren's: a very big part of "Deliverer" (almost one third, I think) is told from Cajeiri's point of view, presenting his thoughts on various subjects from Bren to manchi.

The only problem I had with this is that Cajeiri, who is having troubles in fitting into a world that is quite strange to him, feels in many ways like a human kid. (His motives and thought patterns appear quite familiar, you see, and don't guite feel ... alien.) Nevertheless, there definitely is an atevi side in him too, he's not quite your average eight-year-old human. He is delightfully resourceful, somewhat unruly (in atevi terms, anyway), and, well, just himself the way we're used to see him... so no, I'm not complaining.

Overall "Deliverer" could be divided into two parts: the beginning is slow and calm, the latter half explodes to action. Bren gets to do both some politicking as well as some shooting, and he too is just his lovable self. Even though three times three would be a good number of books in a series, I'm sure there will more. This book presents new problems and new questions that are not yet answered, and I'm quite eagerly waiting for the next installment and the return of the kyo that doesn't seem to be _that_ far away.
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