OK, time for the first book discussion of May! Deceiver
by C.J. Cherryh is the 11th book in the Foreigner
series, which is actually divided up into four sets of trilogies. This is the second book in the fourth trilogy. If you've sorted that out, read on!
: The civil war among the alien atevi
is over. Tabini-aiji, dynamic ruler of the Western Association, has reclaimed his former power, and once again resides in the capital. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.
Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat allied with Tabini, has graciously chosen to visit Najida, his country estate on the west coast. He feels that the political tensions in the capital might ease if he is not present, and after two years in space and his return to a planet still imperiled by revolution, he relishes the peace and tranquillity his lovely coastal home affords.
But peace and traquillity are not in the cards for Bren.
Desperate for freedom and adventure, disregarding the obvious danger, Cajeiri, Tabini's young son, escapes the tightly guarded capital with his bodyguards and arrives to surprise Bren in the country. But he is not the only surprise guest, for Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, Tabini's wily and powerful grandmother, has been dispatched to secure her great-grandson's safety.
However, Najida, formerly a safe haven, is no longer the sanctuary 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 and runs the atevi
space station, and in his absence, rebel clans have inflitrated his home. When those rebels attack Bren, Cajeiri, and the dowager, they have no choice but to recall Geigi from space.
With Lord Geigi, Ilisidi, Bren, and Cajeiri all under one roof, they pose an irresistible target for the enemy. And Ben's pastoral retreat, now swarming with bodyguards, becomes a lock-down and armed fortress. These four individuals--three of the most powerful politicians on the planet, and the heir to the aiji--are not without their own resources. But can they overcome their adversaries and end this guerilla war that is the last vestige of revolution?
So, who's been reading this series and who's managed to read the new book already? Any thoughts on it? I really need to get into this series. Does anyone have any time I could borrow?