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Deceiver: Book Eleven of Foreigner [Format Kindle]

C. J. Cherryh
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"Eleventh in the Foreigner series, the longest single protagonist’s career in science fiction, Deceiver is as elegantly complex and satisfying as its predecessors...Complicated and aided by the Aijii-Dowager Ilisidii and a rapidly maturing  Cajeiri, Tabini’s wayward son, the situation moves in Ms. Cherryh’s inimitable style from detail to nuance to emotionally wrenching risks...another must-have from the master of cultural conflict." —Sacramento Book Review

"The worldbuilding and characterization are fascinating." —RT Book Review

"Cherryh's gift for conjuring believable alien cultures is in full force here, and her characters...are brought to life with a sure and convincing hand." —Publishers Weekly

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The civil war among the alien atevi has ended and Tabini-aiji, the ruler of the Western Association, has returned to power. Bren Cameron, Tabini's human paidhi, decides to return to his recovered home on the coast, but when Tabini's son Cajeiri flees his responsibilities to join Bren, Tabini sends the boy's great-grandmother, Ilisidi, to find him.

Najida, Bren's coastal home, is no longer the safe haven it once was. For a neighbor's estate—the ancestral home of Lord Geigi, a close associate of Bren's—has been left without strong leadership. Lord Geigi now resides on the atevi space station, and in his absence, rebel clans have infiltrated his home. When these rebels attack Bren's home, the paidhi has no choice but to recall Lord Geigi from space. With Lord Geigi, Ilisidi, Bren, and Cajeiri all under one roof, they pose an irresistible target for the enemy. Can these four powerful individuals overcome their adversaries and end this guerilla war that is the last vestige of revolution?

The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Deceiver is the 11th Foreigner novel. It is also the 2nd book in the fourth subtrilogy.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un commentaire dans le désert ! 14 juin 2011
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Ce n'est pas sans un certain enthousiasme que je plonge généralement dans un tome de la série foreigner ..
L'auteur fait assez fort dans cet univers ..
Un style très agréable ... un grand sens du rythme ...
Une foule de données psychologiques ou culturelles qui font que ce cycle est un " must " d'éthnosf subtile et dépaysante ...
Ce tome possède un caractère légèrement " stand alone " qui fait que ceux qui ne connaissent pas la série ( comment est ce possible ?? ) pourront se risquer à s'y engager par cette porte ( ouverte sur un univers délicieux et fascinant ) ..
Les personnages sont de vieilles connaissances et croyez moi si vous vous risquez à Moisphéra :
Ils deviendront très vite des résidents de votre carnet d'adresse ..
Dans ce tome l'enjeu est plus au niveau des intrigues internes de l'état principal ( association occidentale ) de ce monde ( comme la plupart du temps du reste ... ) ..
Le Paidhi se consacre à renforcer la stabilité de cet état ..
L'héritier potentiel du trône .. le personnage de Cajeiri est plus que jamais le lieu d'une comparaison aussi intéressante que utile et ce : en contrepoint de son père ( au contraire de lui ... : il connaît l'espace profond et d'autres aliens que l'humanité ) ..
Beaucoup de contrastes et de nuances qui font que le simplisme et le manichéisme sont totalement absents de ce cycle et donc de ce tome ...
Ce qui se lève dans ce tome ..
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best 10 mai 2010
Par Sandra DiMaio-Leach - Publié sur
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First you must understand - I love CJ Cherryh's anthropological approach to SciFi.
I think the Foreigner series should be considered a classic. I have reread each
of the books more than twice (like 3 or 4 times, straight from Book 1).

For me, this is one of the best in this series. There isn't the
amount of self-doubt by Bren, which was wearing a little thin. Instead there was
a lot more action, beautifully written - and many statements that made me stop and
think about what the characters were saying, or even laugh.

I adored it and read it straight through. Only one complaint - now it is done and
although I will read it again in a few months, I have to wait for the completion of Bren's
negotiation in the Marid.

Personally, I hope this series doesn't end with a 12th book - it really can't, can it?
I am looking forward to seeing what happens when Cajeiri (who has become positively
fascinating!) becomes Aji.... and when the Kyo arrive.... and when Ilisidi dies....and when Bren must retire. There are too many story lines I want to see completed - and that is FAR from normal when a series has this many books in it. CJ Cherryh has done the impossible by keeping the excitment alive and the series strong for so long. Long may this continue!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Foreigner is no longer foreign 18 juillet 2010
Par Lawrence Charters - Publié sur
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You should judge any book as a stand-alone work, and by that measure "Deceiver" is probably perplexing. It is the eleventh volume in an audacious collection that tells the story of a small, stranded human colony on a very foreign world. While the humans can breathe the air, much of the native flora and fauna is toxic. Even more troubling, the planet is already populated by a physically larger, more powerful, and very intelligent race, the Atevi. And for -- so far -- eleven novels, author C.J. Cherryh takes the reader on a complex, wild ride through war, revolution, corruption, intrigue, accommodation, misunderstanding, reconciliation, culture clash, and a great many other themes. Taken as a whole, the series is one of the finest works of literature in the past 25 years.

In short, you can't really understand "Deceiver" without reading the ten previous novels. By itself, it is about a human regional lord, but he is the alien, and lord over entirely Atevi inhabitants of his small realm. His power as a lord is provided entirely through the natives, and is subject to the very complex overlapping loyalties of those natives. As a human, he has almost no power at all; his task is to figure out how best to be a regional lord of the Atevi, and to keep their conflicting needs, desires and loyalties from erupting into a planetary war.

On the other hand, if you read "Deceiver" as being the latest chapter in a very, very long novel, rather than as a stand-alone work, it is a gem: a transitional chapter taking the main character, Bren Cameron, from being a vital, but peripheral member of the court of the ruling Aiji (in essence, planetary ruler) and turning him into a human who can, for the first time, take an independent role in the politics of the planet. It is a big, fat, juicy stage setting for the twelfth novel, and like any fan of Cherryh's intensely intimate third-person narrative style, I felt "Deceiver" was around 500 pages too short. As readers, we don't know what happens next, but we do know that it will change the world. And we want that twelfth novel NOW.

Oh, yeah: in addition to the lost humans, now with their independent island colony separated by treaty from the planet's natives, and the Atevi superpower that dominates the rest of the planet, the story has an off-stage component. The entire human-Atevi civilization is under threat from two alien species, one a powerful, possible ally against a second, even more powerful and decidedly malignant race. Add in the complex, very un-human Atevi language, and you have a tapestry vaster than "Lord of the Rings."

Did I mention that I want the twelfth volume right now? While you wait for that, read "Deceiver," plus its prequels: Foreigner, Invader, Inheritor, Precursor, Defender, Explorer, Destroyer, Pretender, Deliverer, and Conspirator.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 So good to see my friends again! 6 mai 2010
Par J. SEWELL - Publié sur
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We sat down after dinner to catch up on what has happened in the last year, but as usual, they kept me up *waaayyy* past my bedtime until we finished telling tales about 3 o'clock. I was surprised and delighted to see Lord Geigi again. Cajeiri is growing up, as all kids must, but I am very impressed with his increasing thoughtfulness and intelligence, as well as his talent for mischief. Except for increasing physical frailty, Ilisidi has not changed a bit; she certainly held her own in a fight with Tabini. (I am still amazed that they so far forgot themselves as to quarrel so forcefully in our presence.) Bren's estate was so peaceful and beautiful and relaxing that the excitement and fear occasioned by the necissity of the sea rescue and then the home invasion attack was a rude surprise, (if somewhat expected nevertheless.) One hopes the attempted peace with our new clan allies is successful, even though the central government will have a fit - a matter I look forward to hearing more about on our next visit. It was nice to see Toby and Barb again. Well, Toby anyway. If someone have to run afoul of old enemies, at least it was Barb. Speaking of old enemies, the Marid, their new leader seems quite intriguing, and his meeting with Bren was has me eager to hear more about this atevi leader. From Bren's description of him, I think that even Tabini is going to have his hands full trying to finesse this fellow; though Cajeiri's take on him would be fascinating. As for Banichi, Jago, Tano, and Algini -- no reunion is complete without their dependable protection and care. So very good to see everyone again and I am REALLY looking forward to the next visit -- I just hope it will be soon. I am not fond of cliffhangers.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must have MORE! 8 mai 2010
Par Rebecca L. Walker - Publié sur
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OK - I am not going into specifics that give the story/plot, etc... away! I hate it when others do that and then you can not fully enjoy the twists and turns for yourself in complete surprise.
BUT I will say it is as enjoyable as all the other books in this series. It also is rather action packed, although as usual much of the 'action' is Bren trying to figure out the Atevi and what they are doing and why. Of course this helps you figure out the same thing! If you have not been reading the series - you will have some trouble as almost all the characters have been developed in other books (except for a few new ones introduced in this book) so you may not completely understand relationships, personalities, etc... I would strongly recommend reading if not the entire series, atleast read say the .... oh 3 or 4 books prior to this one. That will give you enough of an understanding of everyone to not be thinking 'Huh?' frequently.

I picked it up in the afternoon, fell asleep reading and picked it up again as soon as I got up and read it to the end - so leave yourself some time cause if you enjoy this series you will not put it down easily.

The story builds and builds and builds and you turn the page wanting to see what is next only to discover no more type on the page!!!! So the end is frustrating - I really hate to be left hanging that high and have to wait months (I hope very few months!) to find out what happens and come back down from where you are left. That is my only complaint about the book.

So buy and enjoy - I did!
B Walker
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining, but straining the Mary Sue barrier 3 février 2011
Par Serene Night - Publié sur
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Cherryh writes a well-crafted novel, and Deceiver is no exception. This story continues where the last novel left off with Bren, the dowager, and the ruler's heir Cajeiri staying as guests at his seaside estate. The estate is attacked, and his brother is injured and Bren's ex kidnapped.

While I did enjoy Deceiver, at times I find myself irritated by the characterization. Cherryh has a tendency to write her protagonists `always right' and her antagonists always stupid/wrong/overly flawed. It makes the stories a bit weak, since inevitably Bren and Cajeiri, and the Aiji will be right, and everyone else will be bumbling and incompetent. This grates on my nerves after a while.

In this case, I felt Cherryh's characterization of the new bodyguards in Cajeiri's retinue was a bit weak. First, I felt Cajeiri's inistance that his untrained bodyguards outrank the grads was a bit much. Second, I felt that the 8 year old was portrayed as a bit too wise beyond his years in his perception of the situation, and the guards were portrayed as overly foolish and headstrong to be guild.

Cherryh has a tendency to write Cajeiri as a bit too much of a wunderkind, and while I truly like the character, I felt the situation was annoying. I really don't blame the bodyguards for being unenthused about tending a child who treated them like second stringers to his untrained crony friends. There was also too much spent with Baiji, who was a weak villain to begin with (from the previous book), and the kidnapping was glossed over and Barb is hardly mentioned at the end.

I enjoyed it because I like the characters and it is action-packed but the lack of really redeemable traits in the antagonists make these tales favor the protags too much and gives them a 'too perfect' quality.
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