"In depth exploration of an alien society"
The Atevi send the spaceship Phoenix to Reunion Station
where the inhabitants encountered the sentient space faring
Kyo who planned to blow up the facility because it was in
territory they considered theirs. Deploying diplomacy,
interpreter and Human-Atevi advisor Bren Cameron convinces
the Kyo to allow the four thousand inhabitants to
peacefully leave and then the space station would belong to
the Kyo. Now they are days away from home and both human
and Atevi are looking forward to enjoying the little
luxuries found on their planet.
They come back to a world that is in the middle of a civil
war and onboard the Phoenix is the dowager and the heir. No
one knows where the ruler and his wife are and many think
they are dead. Bren and his staff, the dowager and her
staff, and the heir shuttle down to the planet where they
travel through enemy territory to find the heir's great
uncle. They hope to enlist his aid in returning the former
ruler on his heir to power, but a traitor alerts the rebels
who plan to kidnap or kill them.
Nobody is better than C.J. Cherryh when it comes to writing
an in depth exploration of an alien society. Relations
between humans and Atevi are in jeopardy many of the native
race believes humanity has too much influence and
technology that disturbs the conservative elements of their
society. Bren blames himself for pushing the space program
and other technological advances on the leader who trusts
him and he is desperate to undo the damage he has done.
DESTROYER is a wondrous work starring two sentient races
struggling to co-exist peacefully.
Posted January 30, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 1, 2007