Inheritor By C. J. Cherryh

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ISBN: 9781101562666


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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?

The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Inheritor is the 3rd Foreigner novel. IT is also the final book in the first subtrilogy.

Book Details

Format: eBook
Price: 8.99 USD / 9.99 CAD
Published: 1997-02-01
ISBN: 9781101562666
Page Count: 464

"The human-alien tensions that marked Foreigner and Invader peak in this sophisticated conclusion to the trilogy. Through her hallmark ability to craft nonhuman languages as the basis for alluring alien psychologies, Cherryh superbly resolves this epic trilogy's multifaceted conflicts, dramatizing again the idea that people can't truly know their own language—nor others, nor themselves—until they master at least one other tongue." —Publishers Weekly

"A good look at an alternative civilization where humans are not dominant, this nicely concludes a series but can stand on its own. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

"This is the kind of anthropological SF of which [Cherryh] is an acknowledged master." —Booklist

"A[n] impressive and more or less self-contained swirl of political intrigue, filtered through a memorably alien consciousness." —Kirkus

"As is always the case with C.J. Cherryh, the detailed exploration of the alien culture is outstanding. Yet, the personal conflicts and passions tearing the characters apart are not lost... The plot remains suspenseful, with a satisfactory payoff at the end. Highly recommended." —Starlog