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Betrayer Foreigner #12Ake a daring trade offer to Machigi one that seems to interest the young warlord But Machigi is suspicious of Ilisidi's motives and to Bren's utter shock evokes an ancient law that jeopardizes Bren's life Can Bren stay alive and not alienate Ilisidi or Tabini while also representing the interests of their enemyThe long running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by casual genre readers in sub trilogy installments Betrayer is the 12th Foreigner novel and the 3rd book in the fourth subtrilogy. BetrayerIn my prior review of Deceiver I commented on how impossible it was to enter the series from that book because of the sheer weight of all that had gone before and how nobody should expect a writer to be able to do that Then at the beginning of Betrayer CJ Cherryh pretty much does so and makes it coherent and cogent with little evident effort DratNow that said a summary is not a substitute for knowledge If I told you War and Peace was essentially “Napoleon invades Russia goes badly” you’d have the essential plot but so what Even there you are starting with the information that most people other than American college students know Napoleon was French Russia and France are countries and they fought a war with bright uniforms tall hats horses cannons and a lot of snow An SF writer has none of that built in and has to do all of that and not bore you CJ succeeds though I still think a reader who had not read the earlier work will still be at sea but maybe at least in sight of landfallBetrayer plunges us further into the battle to stabilize the Marid province and prevent most of the Atevi world from going up in a civil war that would threaten to destabilize the prospace pro human government of the Tabini and his human ally and lead diplomat Bren Cameron War among the Atevi is conducted within strict bounds as different groups of the Assassins Guild struggle against each other to carry out or prevent judicially approved Filings of Intent to Kill The isolated human colony on its island of Mospheira is sitting this one out but in understandable nerves about anything that happens with the planet full of Atevi But the Guild itself has been split by the recent coup and counter coup against Tabini and many of the Pretender Murini’s Guild fled after Tabini’s return to Marid province finding this nest of internecine family struggles ripe fruit for the plucking They insert themselves into existing plots and organize new ones spreading conflict and unrest and having it blamed on Machigi the existing Marid clan chief whose fall would allow them to essentially take over the clan from the inside These Guild renegades would then own their own countryIlsidii Tabini’s grandmother and power in her own right and ruthless cunning believes Machigi is being set up She had sent Cameron and his small but elite team of Guild guards into the Marid to settle the Deceiver Pauit in the first book and they now proceed to Mashcigi to establish relations with him Cameron is Mashicigi and the Marid clan’s way out of the traps closing in on as the Guild frames Machigi for war crimes and the other Marid lords seek to replace himBut the fires of conspiracy and rebellion outrace diplomatic efforts Cameron and his team flee with Mashigi’s aid as a Guild conducted purge of the rebel Guild explodes among conspirators and loyalists alikeIsilidi and Cajeiri along with Barbara and Toby are besieged in Cameron’s home while Cameron must flee afoot through the badlands separating him from home and safety Action and adventure abound in the second half of this book in sharp contrast to Deceiver My chief frustration remains how little we see of the love interest in itself the wrong word as the Atevi Jago has no word for love in her language between Bren and Jago There is a rich and unexplored field here Bren and Jago are lovers something of a scandal in itself However we spend little time exploring this at all Why would an Atevi woman begin this association ie fall in love with what to her is a Halfling Jago is about eight and half feet tall her father Bianchi seems to be about ten feet You would think that the intimacies of relations between a giantess and a human might yield some moments of humor Beyond that does anyone ever look askance at her for her relationshipImagine if you had a perfectly proportioned partner of another color who was still only three feet tall to your six foot or better Would the world take so little notice or comment Is she never embarrassed by it In short the difficulties inherent in an interracial relationship much less an interspecies one seem glossed over It doubtless helps if your girlfriend is a Guild assassinAnother means of looking at this is the character of Barbara Cameron’s ex girlfriend and now his brother’s an agent of the human government girlfriend Other than a tinge of jealously and contempt Jago seems to have little reaction to her How much interesting could it have been if there were scenes between these two as they struggle to understand each other and Cameron Barbara as written is largely an emotional grasping nuisance who seems somewhere between a stalker and normal jilted female character but point is she is a real human woman She has love affection tears kindness and on an instinctive level is the rational choice for Bren or could have been had she been expanded into three dimensions Does Bren never long for a person who would understand him in a way no alien could Never long for that comfort Don’t get me wrong I am not dissing the character of Jago but rather wishing she had of one and I had some access to it She is the powerful ebony princess always there and always at Cameron’s beck and call for all that he defers to her in all matter of security She is mysterious and deadly but to me to the point of abstraction Who are you Jago What do want and long for and why did it take the shape of Cameron What does mother think of your new boyfriend Do you ever dream of children Will you know what to do if Cameron was crying by a graveside What would you need from him if you stood over your father Bianchi’s grave and he was in there because he died protecting Cameron All undiscovered country but one that beckonsAnother area and this may just be the military geek in me but when CJ does small unit actions the running and gunning on the Guild level it is well done and plausible There is a paucity of detail on the larger scale Machigi for example comments that his people are a naval power In a world that varies as wildly for levels of technology as does the Atevi one I have no idea what that means ironclads with steam power and Dahlgren guns yet still using sales like the Abraham Lincoln in 20000 leagues under the sea Dreadnaughts of the WWI or II era Or are we talking about armed fishing trawlers It may seem odd with a space station and a starship above them but most Atevi live in the euivalent of our later 19th and very early 20th centuryMost of the fighting which happens usually at the distance is in deadly small unit scuffles between Guild Occasionally one sees a mob of hunters or other militia From the military point of view the war is rather confusing and devoid of detail Do they have tanks artillery Do they operate in divisions battalions or mere companies The military of all sides again seems sketched rather than drawn Betrayer pumps up the action uotient and the fast cutting back and forth between Cameron’s point of view as he escapes Marid and Cajeiri as he juggles his deadly grandmother and his promise to Cameron to look after Barbara and Toby during the siege are compelling When young Cajeiri ends up in combat for the first time you are truly fearful for this brave little boy even if he is the size of Cameron and TobyBetrayer is a strong entry in this series enjoyable in all respects It features a well done Todd Lockwood cover though not as good as the Whelan for Deceiver in my view I would have enjoyed a leisurely denouement with scenes between the principals Of course I also like the ending of the Lord of the Rings so go figure It’s probably a good thing that the ending leaves you wanting to see and hear a little but in typical CJ fashion when we wrap we wrap damn fast

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Betrayer (Foreigner #12) characters Ó 106 ✓ Betrayer Foreigner Book 12The twelfth novel in Cherryh’s Foreigner space opera series a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its conseuencesIn the wake of civil war Bren Cameron the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization has left the capital and sought refuge at his counBetrayer Foreigner Book 12The twelfth novel in Cherryh’s Foreigner space opera series a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its conseuencesIn the wake of civil war Bren Cameron the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate Najida But now he is trapped inside Najida which has been surrounded by enemies with Ilisidi the powerful grandmother of his ally Tabini aiji atevi leader of the Western Association But Ilis. Book 12Cherryh offers us a little action in this instalment as she usually does in her novels that end each trilogy arc in this mammoth of a series Having said this 'Foreigner' is not an amalgamation of various stories but one huge all encompassing narrative that just happens to be cut in 18 books so far showing us the tribulations of humans and atevi in this 'lost' universe The focus is very much on politics sociology and psychology with a good dose of linguistics which is intrinsically connected to those anyway especially in the first 6 books Bren is once in the middle of it all trying to sort out the mess that is the Marid and the threat it poses to Tabini and the aijinate while trying to get his 'people' back to safety in one piece In this game of wits he finds himself having to become the spokesperson for what appears to be one of the 'enemy' but of course nothing is at it seems It is a very fine balance While our human 'diplomat' is trying to make the best of this explosive situation Cajeiri's narration keeps us in the loop about what happens in his estate especially Ilisidi's game plan Through his eyes we see how the atevi link between each other how their manchi are built with deep repercussions and how Bren has become instrumental to many people all vying to 'have' himAs much as I enjoyed this novel I can't help but wonder where the author is leading us She started with the fascinating interactions between two races who were totally different but trying to co exist on the same planet and then added a third for a blink of an eye only to throw us back to the political manipulations of only one of the original people Yes there are many factions on all sides but focusing her narrative on only one makes me wonder what is happening to the rest This is NOT a static world after all

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Idi the wily and dangerous aiji dowager is not inclined to be passive and in a brazen maneuver sends Bren into enemy territory to the palace of Machigi the leader of the rebelsBren's mission is to negotiate with Machigi a young atevi lord who has never actually seen a human and somehow persuade him to cease his hostile actions against the West Bren knows that the autocratic Machigi rules a fractious clan and that his hospitality is not guaranteed Bren's genius for negotiation enable him to m. CJ Cherryh's Betrayer is a pleasant but not entirely satisfying read I love Cherryh Her atevi culture continues to feel very lived in and consistent The verbal sparring matches between Bren and various atevi on various sides continue to feel dangerously tense like actual fights You really feel like war could break out over a badly chosen word I wish there was of that instead of the action scenes where the nobles being kept out of the actual fighting are left in a room or behind a rock wondering what's going on something that happens over and over something that's been happening over and over in the last few books Can we stop driving Bren around to get shot at and not leave him hiding out in the woods There have been so many attacks on a van or bus he's riding in with people that the moment any of them get on a vehicle I'm expecting gunfire followed by Bren being dragged behind a bush to hide for a long time of uncomfortable boredom occasionally punctuated by a moment of terror Worse aside from the offscreen battles and rare verbal diplomacy battles not much plot actually moves forward in Betrayer making me feel like the series is spinning its wheels I'll check out the next book because I love Cherryh but I'm not excited for it