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Protector by C. J. Cherryh
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Protector

by C. J. Cherryh

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Series: Foreigner (14)

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I am a devoted fan. I read everything C.J. Cherryh writes. There is nothing wrong with this book; it's just ~ a bridge, perhaps. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
CJ Cherryh comes back with the 14th Foreigner book 'Protector'. This is the 5th trilogy! This makes the installments all the more like the old Saturday afternoon matinee serial at the local picture theatre. Cajeiri is soon to be fortunate nine, and for his birthday, his human associates will be invited to visit from the space station. Cajeiri sincerely hopes for 'No Trouble!', but atevi politics being what it is, trouble ensues. The buildup is typical Cherryh, a slow build, many earnest discussions over tea, on tactics, on conspiracies and on suspicions before an explosive finale. Cue the next episode! ( )
  orkydd | Feb 2, 2017 |
This volume has more action than some recent works, and continues the tale of Bren Cameron human interpreter and diplomat in the world of the Atevi. For Cajieri's birthday, a group of human children are visiting from the space station. Meanwhile, there is unrest in the aiji's household and nobody seems to know where the bad guys are. ( )
  Pferdina | Nov 9, 2014 |
And the story moves on. Slowly, elegantly, with grace and poise, and even a little bit of action to make up for the last book. But for those wanting to know more about the major issues raised a while back, this is not the book. Again.

It seems like it's been Cajeri's birthday, in a few days time, for several books now. It still hasn't quite happened, but we're nearly there now. As promised his friends form the spaceship have been allowed down, but everyone is surprised when they turn up with Jase and his bodyguard - two heavily armoured and armed troopers. Apparently the ship politics are also at issue again, and this is Jase's captains' way of ensuring that no undue influences are brought to bear. We get remarkably little interaction between Jase and Bren. All the human children are also very well behaved at all times, and manage not to have any interface difficulties with the world of the aveti which seems odd. It's as if CJC as played that hand and now the characters can just cope, which is not her usual style. Meanwhile the fallout from the Mariad operations continues, and the Guild have finally managed to pin the tail on the donkey, after several tries.

It is another very enjoyable instalment of the series, and I do greatly appreciate the aveti customs and manners and the whole world. But perhaps this series has had enough now, and CJC could turn her hand to new vistas, or resurrect some old friends in other series'. Or else at least move the plot along in big chunks - which used to be hallmark of the trilogy's. Significant [passages of time would jump with prior questions resolved in a passing line or two.

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I did really enjoy this one, even if all the action is packed into the last chapter, and the Reunion children are very very placid. Cajeri remains fun, more so the better you know him, and Bren volunteers again. Not the best place to start the series as it's mid-trilogy. ( )
1 vote reading_fox | Oct 19, 2014 |
3 and a half stars. mostly exposition. and it ends on a desultory note, unusual for Cherryh. along the way, though, there are some nice bits. Cajeiri's mother gets more ink for a change, as she examines her options and her associations. the old reactionary Tatiseigi repositions himself entirely on the fly as the political landscape changes. we see Jase again, the ship-aiji, after long absence. and the human ship children to whom Cajeiri asserts an association finally meet again on his own ground as honoured guests on the occasion of his felicitous ninth birthday, under the protection of Ilisidi and Tatiseigi, a very unlikely host and hostess given their generation, their outlooks, and the (acute, as always) political situation both on the planet and in the sky. and this unstable collision of cultures does seem felicitous, all parties determined to make the most of the opportunity, which leads to many charming scenes as the elders unbend and the children overcome their fears, two very different races committing to find common ground. ( )
  macha | Apr 19, 2014 |
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Bren and Illisidi must protect young prince Cajeiri and the human children who have come to visit for his birthday from the dangerous split compromising the Assassin's Guild.

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