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The difficulty with reviewing a novel many books in to a long-running series—and Visitor is the seventeenth volume in C.J. Cherryh’s ongoing Foreigner series, a series that shows no signs of coming to an end—is a difficulty of audience. Should I assume that everyone reading this review is already familiar with the series? Or should I attempt to provide a full context?
The latter, at this stage, is the next best thing to impossible. So much of Visitor — all of it, in fact—relies on what has gone before to make sense: the complex nature of the position the human Bren Cameron, paidhi, Lord of Najida, and Lord of the Heavens, holds in atevi society; the nature of his relationships with Ilsidi, grandmother of Tabini-aiji, and with Cajeiri, Tabini’s nine-year-old heir, and also with the humans resident on the atevi planet, the human-atevi Alpha Station, the ...