At last - Cajeiri has his young guests from the starship, three young folk entranced by weather and trees and creatures with minds of their own. It’s all he dreamed of.... But now safety is foremost: Cajeiri’s grandfather has been assassinated, hostile Assassins Guild invaded Great-uncle’s house, and now Bren Cameron, paidhi-aiji, who was sent to keep the aiji’s son safe, has more than the young guests on his mind. The aiji-dowager knows who’s to blame for the attacks, and they’re going after him. The fact that the person responsible is in the heart of Assassins’ Guild Headquarters, the most closely guarded fortress on the continent, is not going to stop her. Bren Cameron has the pieces now, of a decades-old plot that’s been threaded through Guild actions going back before his arrival on the continent, and more - he knows the person responsible is going to find out he knows, and find out within hours. They have no choice. If they don’t move, the other side will. And the lives of the boy, the guests, the entire ruling family are at stake.
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This is book #15 in the long running and superb Foreigner series from C.J. Cherryh, all of which are available from Audible, read by Daniel Thomas May. And very well read indeed. Mr. May does an excellent job of distinguishing voices without over-hamming it up. I enjoy his readings without ever feeling like it's about him - it's always about the story. Which is one reason I really, really wish this were WhisperSync for Voice enabled. Most of the previous books in the series have been, and I like being able to go back and forth, depending on what I'm doing, and even doing "total immersion reading". So why isn't this book so enabled?
In Peacemaker, we focus almost exclusively on domestic problems (well, domestic if we include a bit of the Station as part of it, which we should.) The long standing domestic problems, which Tabini and Bren have been fighting or dealing with, come to a head, just as Cajeiri's fortunate 9th birthday is about to happen and as his young guests from the Station have come to visit. Cajeiri's young associates from when he was on the ship are on a planet for the very first time. With wind, rain, thunderstorms and lightening, and, of course, macheiti. But everyone is suddenly at extreme risk as the decades long problems in the Guild come to a head.
This book ties up lots of loose ends and is a very satisfying read. We still have many areas to move forward on, but unlike some previous books, this isn't a cliff-hanger for the next. Very enjoyable, and highly recommended, if you've read the previous books. If not, by all means go immediately to the first, Foreigner and get it. You have a wonderful series ahead of you.
What a tour de force! I thought I'd listen to the first thirty minutes or so the night this book was released. Ha! I couldn't put it down. I stayed up most of the night listening to it, then took the day off work and listened to the rest of it nonstop to the end. And it was worth it!
Lots of excitement, engaging characters, important conflicts, and satisfying outcomes. I was braced for long boring summaries of what had gone before, but happily Cherryh sidestepped all that. She slipped in the needed background information through interesting new content.
Many cheers for Danial May's brilliant reading and C.J. Cherryh's brilliant writing.
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This is the last book in this sequence and really at this time 30 Oct 2014 this is the last book in this whole series of books but more are being created now so if like me you really liked these books you want more but after reading these books for like 9 months I want to take a break so I a few years I hope a few more sequences are released and I can get back into this.
This whole series was great, a few of the books were a little better then the others otherwise it would have been a 5 star across the board.
The narrator was simply great, he did a great job at the different voices with exception of maybe a few that I thought was someone else - like Brens Brother and some guy from the state department, the voices sound pretty much the same but I guess this can happen in real life and there are only so many voices one can do and there were lots of characters in this whole series so the narrator did a great job, 5 star for sure.
I have so enjoyed listening to the Foreigner series, even book 15. The book continues right where the previous book left off and takes us through the heir's birthday celebration, his 9th birthday. One would assume that Cherryh is not finished with this series. The light humor by the author throughout the story and Daniel May's narration and voices for the different characters is so well done. Between this book and the preceding book I listened to the first book and could really tell the difference in May's style.
The story is still enjoyable and refreshing. Always some plot to overthrow the current regime with twists and turns and Bren Cameron, our hero, to save the day. Some may tire of the series but I've thoroughly enjoyed each book. I am hoping this is not her last.
Still highly recommended.
I have no way to review this as a stand alone book, but as a part of a long, beloved series, I thoroughly enjoyed it. CJ Cherryh creates character of such depth that I feel like I caught up with old friends, and now that I have finished the book, I miss them. I hope audible continues to release all of her books! :)
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