Deceiver – C.J. Cherryh

The Atevi can kick ass.

Deceiver – C.J. Cherryh.

Stars: Four of five.
Summary: The fourth arc (ConspiratorDeceiver, and Betrayer) is set in the immediate aftermath of the third arc, and is set against the shifting political relations between the different Atevi ethnic factions. With Tabini restored in Shejidan, Bren must find a way to stabilize the Eastern and coastal regions where he has his own Lordly estate. The peace gained with the restoration of Tabini’s rule is threatened by long standing ethnic and cultural differences between the ruling Ragi Atevi and the more conservative Edi and Eastern clans. The civil war among the alien Atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri, his son and heir, has returned to the Bujavid, his seat of power. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.(from the skimpy wikipedia article and goodreads)

I really love this series.  On the other hand, this is the second book in the fourth trilogy in this universe… if you’re not already a fan, don’t start with this book!

The cover scene does occur in the book, and it’s one of my favourites.  Bren gets tough with a rebellious atevi lord.

I am posting this review retroactively – since I read it in May or June and it is now September.  This is a quick-not-doing-it-justice note, and moving on now to post more of the backlog.


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