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SUMMARY Hunter of Worlds 107 ð A million people were about to die The entire population of the planet Priamos was marked for death if one person on the surface could not be found in time The staggering order was emotionless and inhuman — exactly like the iduve the strange aliens who had handed down the decreePerhaps the most advanced and least understood race A million people were about to die The entire population of the planet Priamos was marked for death if one person on the surface could not be found in time The staggering order was emotionless and inhuman exactly like the iduve the strange aliens who had handed down the decreePerhaps the most advanced and least understood race in the known universe the idvue lived in giant spaceships that roamed in random patterns around the galaxy For nearly two hundred years one of these mammoth vessels The Ashanome had been stalking an offender one of their own kind who betrayed an ancient rite and fled into the sanctuary of hu. Solid old school Cherryh It doesn't have the power or polish of Cherryh at her best eg Downbelow Station or Gate of Ivrel but it moves along well and it displays the author's usual skill at creating truly nonhuman speciesIt's greatest weakness as pointed out in another review is the passivity of the main characters the kallia Isande and Aiela and the human Daniel Daniel offers some resistance to his iduve kidnappers but their overwhelming superiority both technical and physical make it pointless in the end Tension and conflict arise from seeing how these largely helpless protagonists carve out some measure of autonomy within the context of their situation It reminds me of Mick Farren's Protectorate where humanity must learn how to survive on the sufferance of two alien superpowersRecommended for Cherryh fans primarily

C.J. Cherryh Õ 7 SUMMARY

Man spaceNow as The Ashanome went into orbit around his hiding place it was time for vaikka the ultimate vengeance and return of honor which the iduve cherished above all else To accomplish their task they commanded the aid of three very different individuals Aiela Lyailleue a young man of the peaceable kallia race who was forcibly inducted into the Starlord's service possibly never to see his home or family again; Daniel a savage human with nothing but fear and a blind hatred for his captors; and Isande a beautiful woman who knew about the iduve than the iduve themselvesTogether through the process of Asuthi all. I appreciate intellectually what Cherryh was attempting to do here plot a story in a complex created culture based on telepathic relationships among three alien species and a minor sprinkling of humans Its weakness is the extensive use of made up vocabulary of those three alien races I freuently referred to the three short dictionaries at the end of the book but still had a lot of trouble following what was actually going on However the strength is in the hidden stories of the human characters implied in the background While alien motivations and feelings are extensively explained the human feelings are never actually than hinted at and mostly shown through carefully hidden actions This is a very ambitious softsocial SF novel but barely readable

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Hunter of WorldsThree had their minds melded into a single entity learning not only each other's language but each other's way of life inner feelings and deepest secrets For in a short time they would descend to the threatening surface of Priamos Their mission search out and kill the offenderIf they were to be successful they would surely need the combined resources of all their wits and intuitive knowledge Within a few short hours the trio had to find the needle in the haystack or they and all the planet's million other men women and children would perish in a single searing flash of white hot energy The iduve knew no other wa. Cherryh has a uniue skill at world building and at depicting an alien viewpoint This is one of her best at showing both attributes I have read it many times and own my own copy because of her talent at plotting and characterization as displayed in this book I'm going to uit writing this review because I basically just gush about how good it is