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Expecting Space Diplomacy And Aliens space diplomacy and aliens that s done for now Non aggression treaty and Rosetta Stone signed in hand and now shipped downwell Bren and crew have a brand new problemWhat the hell are they oing to do with all those station refugees Atevi won t take them and there s definitely not enough resources to keep them for long on the station around the Atevi worldOddly enough the simple solution takes this series in a seriously awesome direction I m surprised hasn t been explored as fully as now Mospheira The island where all the humans are kept penned in like livestock Or not livestock but clannish and fearful refugees from 200 years ago thinking they still have a Wife in Exchange good handle on things when in reality they re just being tolerated by a very understanding Atevi I was drawn all the way in I m surprised how much I enjoyed seeing the human populace for once instead of just dealing with them or not dealing at all from the mainland where the Atevi rule Cajeiri s side story was uite interesting and develops his character and relationships nicely in a new adult way but honestly I was very much invested in Bren dealing with all his old colleagues and detractors withoutetting to rely on all the honors or stations of the Atevi political sideA The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, good diplomat always tries to work from a position of power and it was too funny how he worked it Still areat series And there s one that came out Woo Can t wait I love this series I love all of CJs books I ve met CJ and enjoy reading her blog I love her writing style and the atevi and the individual CHARACTERS AND THE TENSE SITUATIONS RESOLVED and the tense situations resolved cleverness and Night And Day guileBut this book is clearly the weakest in the series This is a pivot point in the series and had so much potential for intrigue and synergy But it was one simple passage with the same topic discussed over and over with the same words The same people from book 1 return to the stage and they haven t changed much at all It s like an Expendables movieEven the co story with Cajeiri advanced slowly even though it set the stage for futurerowthI m sure that this is just a pause in the seuence and the next entry will be as strong as the previous ones But this one was disappointing made worse by my own high hopesAnd the cover is awful It almost feels like Cherryh is coasting on the strength of characters developed over the course of twenty three years and eighteen novels It s disappointing that she couldn t find for them to do as much as it s fun to follow Bren his lengthy testimony to the Linguistics Committee of the University of Mospheira does not really pack uite the same punch as alien feudal intrigue or looming inter species space war It was enjoyable to see Cajeiri s character develop as the young Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow gentlemanrows into his role of heir though his sub plot suffers from overlong description of complex atevi clan relationships one can understand that Cherryh is proud of all the work she put into world building but one finds oneself wishing she would et on with the story Very little actually happens in this novel with the most compelling characters Ilisidi Banichi Jago relegated to very brief and incons. Convergence is the eighteenth book in CJ Cherryh's beloved Foreigner space opera seriesConvergence marks a new phase in the Foreigner Universe knowledge about the dangerous situation in adjacent space rests only with Bren Cameron the human diplomat to the alien court of the atevi four starship captains and the. Eats Books uote Mani says if we site a space industry in their district they will become reat supporters of the ship Perhaps we should ive them a contract Change son of mine should be applied like salt to a dish best taste it understand it and then decide Review Hmm Convergence wasdifferent somehow A lot of
*hows to be honest I think if I weren t so biasedly in love with this series I might *to be honest I think if I weren t so biasedly in love with this series I might rated this much poorly than I haveWhile both Bren and Cajeiri have been sharing the perspective for the book since I believe book eight or nine it is different this time around They are much eual characters Cajeiri has been acting like an adult having and agency with each successive book Acting less like chaos incarnate This was like a test for him and he passed with flying coloursBren s story was much of the same as it has been the entire series Politics politics and politics The differenc I really like these books and I was lad to visit again with the characters and become immersed in the language style However this is perhaps the weakest entry in the whole series aside from the first book which is weak for entirely different reasons It s 90% talking That might not be so bad but most of the talking is either rehashing of previous events or even worse Bren explaining the current Situation over and over again Even that might have been tolerable if there was the usual bit of suspenseful action at the end but this absolutely just peters out The Situation is the same as at the end of the previous book the alien kyo have signed a treaty of ood will and are leaving the solar system there are 5000 people on the space station who need to be *relocated to the planet as soon as possible and the human children whom Cajeiri befriended on *to the planet as soon as possible and the human children whom Cajeiri befriended on station would be ood candidates for future paidhi I have all that memorized because Bren explains it at length at least a dozen times He s making a formal visit to the human island with his entire atevi entourage and it should have been fun to see their reaction to the human region and the reaction of the locals Unfortunately Jago and Banichi speak hardly a word and all Bren does is meet with various people and explain the aforementioned Situation again until you re ready to scream The humans merely nod and agree with Bren
entirely unless they are small minded conservative bigots who embarrass themselves by unless they are small minded conservative bigots who embarrass themselves by weak arguments Cajeiri s part of the story is only slightly interesting He visits his uncle Life Changing Smiles gets assigned bodyguards and meets a distant cousin with some information about the tense political situation At one point I thought there was potential for aood un battle or at least one hasty evacuation by bus but no such luck Cajeiri doesn t et lost or kidnapped or even thrown off his mecheita The only nice bit is that he s Only a Whisper gradually accepting his role as a future leader I like Cherryh s work enough to put up with a certain amount of repetition and slow pacing but this book is a disappointment This series has been fascinating and exciting at times and I hope the next book will be much better It s such a pleasure to be among these old friends I only regret that I m finished Next please CJ. Or the human refugees who are crowding the space station to be landed on the island since the atevi will notrant land to the human residents of their planet Bren a native of this island is now an atevi official trying to prepare the human inhabitants for the arrival of many desperate human refugees from space.
C.J. Cherryh Ó 5 charactersEuential cameosIt s not clear where if anywhere the series is headed There are no immediate dangers threatening the Earth of the atevi for once the kyo have their own paidhi and in any case their war is far away at least for now The aishidi tat is at peace and loose ends are being tied up It s hard to imagine anyone not already heavily invested in the Foreigner universe caring much one way or the other whether there will be a novel 19 OK I ve now read 18 of the 19 books in this series and I ve continuously and consistently not been able to dish out 5 stars Why Sour Copper Lake Secrets grapes Actually it s not I have one singleripe with this entire series but it s one that s Brooklyn's Song growing by the book because this issue is present in ALL the books and it stops what is otherwise an outstanding series from well being outstanding Thatripe It s a simple little thing and it s called consistency From a small thing like keeping the names of major secondary characters consistent Yolanda to Yolande anyone to a MAJOR thing like the fact that the reuirements of atevi society and their psychology changes from book to bookthat s inexcusable for me This is not an indie author running her series on a *shoe string budget off the side of a desk And even most of those understand that *string budget off the side of a desk And even most of those understand that is important This is CJ Cherryh people She has the whole team at DAW behind her One of the key jobs of a copy editor is to find and kill this type of screw up Failing that most authors just take a few notes Takes a deep breath Replaces soapbox in storage Can t et enough of the Foreigner seriesI am just as drawn to this world that Cherryh s created as when I first started the series than 20 years ago with Bren Cameron taking up his role as Paidhi Watching Cajeiri Mature And Make Sense Of Cajeiri mature and make sense of world Bren having to set up things to solve the problems and challenges faced by the inhabitants of the Atevi world And in the background the aliens the KyoAs usual the way things relate for the atevi is complex and watching Cajeiri work that out fascinating Book 18The explosive discovery made at the end of the previous instalment is kept under wraps with only a handful of people aware of it Knowing Cherryh I uess we re oing to have to wait uite a while for that dish to be ready to be served In the meantime I was pleasantly surprised when this narrative took Bren to Mospheira I d been wanting to see that perspective for uite a while Now how did I miss that all previous paidhi did not speak with the atevi but communicated through written messages I can well see the huge change Bren would be and yes I had fun at seeing him deal with the university s obtuse members Caj I have been a big fan for years and years and so looked forward to this book The back story was handled uickly and deftly in the opening chapter
I Liked The Half About The Heirliked the half about the heir I wanted the pet problem resolved I felt the half with the main character becoming a power and setting up the next book could have been done without all the meetings detailed showing how it worked with first people instead Missed interaction by Bren with lots of favorite main characters To read of my reviews check out my blog at keikii. Two chiefs of state both the human and the atevi who share the planet Bren is obliged to carry the just signed treaty to the human overnment on an island some forty miles off the shores of the atevi ruled megacontinent and without explaining the dire situation that would send the people into chaos to arrange ,