DAW, Apr 7 2015, $25.95
Human diplomat Bren Cameron knows he needs some R&R after a hectic extended journey with the atevi aiji-dowager and others; so plans time on his estate in Najida where he is the Lord. However, they return home to find chaos greets them with leadership upheavals and changing alliances impacting vast sectors of atevi society including the critical Assassins Guild.
Thus as the Lord of Heaven in the atevi court, diligent diplomat Bren sets aside his personal needs to work on the various issues that sprung up while he was away including the Guild effect, two leaderless domains and a space station conflict ready to implode. As the Guild begins to resolve its problems an alien space ship heads towards the space station.
The start of the sixth Foreigner trilogy is an excellent science fiction as C.J. Cherryh successfully alters her universe somewhat by brilliantly realigning the power structure. Society-driven, this is a terrific outer space tale; as Bren’s timely efforts to achieve a peaceful diplomatic resolution rather than war (as some demand) with the new kids on the block.