"Excellent space opera"
The human spaceship Phoenix is on a course that will take
them to the Reunion Space Station, which was thought to
have been destroyed by unknown aliens. On board the ship
are the crew, the Mosphierans and the alien sentient race
the atevi, all who have a stake in the outcome of this
mission. Upon arrival at their destination, the Phoenix
communicates with an alien vessel, whose occupants insists
that the Reunion attacked them and demand the return of
their crew member and scout ship.
The captain of the Phoenix promises to try but when they
dock at the refueling area, the Reunion won't give them any
until certain conditions are met and don't seem in any
hurry to be rescued. Bren Cameron, a highly trained human
diplomat in the atevi court, is the only possible person
capable of negotiating with all the races and groups in the
hopes of coming to a peaceful resolution that will placate
all interested parties.
This is the final installment in the second Foreigner
Universe trilogy and it ties up all the loose ends by
answering all the questions and resolving all the issues in
a believable manner. C.J. Cherryh writes excellent space
opera filled with plenty of action and adventure. The
sentient aliens add another rich layer to this colorful
tapestry and keeps reader interest not only from first page
to last, but back to rereading the previous novels as well.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 1, 2002