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C. J. Cherryh


Cassandra

C. J. Cherryh

Hugo Award winning and Nebula Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1978. The story can be found in the anthologies The 1979 Annual World's Best SF, edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha, Nebula Winners Fourteen (1980), edited by Frederik Pohl, The Hugo Winners, Volume 4: (1976-79) (1985), edited by Isaac Asimov, Women of Wonder: The Contemporary Years (1995), edited by Pamela Sargent and Women of Futures Past (2016), edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. It is included in the collections Visible Light (1986) and The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh (2004).

Ealdwood

C. J. Cherryh

WFA nominated novella.

It was that transitional time of the world, when man first brought the clang of iron and the reek of smoke to the lands which before had echoed with inhuman voices. In that dawn of man and death of magic there yet remained one last untouched place--the small forest of Ealdwood--which kept a time different from elsewhere, and one who dwelt there who had more patience, pride and love of the earth than any other of her kind--Arfel the Sidhe. This is the story of the last defense of Faery against the encroaching iron sword of the Era of Man.

Faery in Shadow

C. J. Cherryh

A curse, a sin, and a dark bargain with the Sidhe had condemned Caith mac Sliabhan to wander the wild woods, outcast from all humankind. Only Dubhain--a pooka, a Sidhe sprite--was his companion. Caith now was bound to do the will of the Sidhe, always fearing that his own taint would somehow make him cause pain and sorrow to others...

But even an outcast like Caith could not resist taking refuge in a forest cabin, where two mysterious golden youths, a boy and girl, dwelled. 'Husband and wife, we are', said the boy, but Caith could have sworn they were twins... The mysterious couple were under a spell themselves--and despite his curse, Caith felt compelled to aid them. Caith soon fell into a dark adventure that led him and the Sidhe into the evil hands of the notorious witch of Dun Glas.

Gwydion and the Dragon

C. J. Cherryh

WFA nominated novelette. It originally appeared in the anthology Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales (1991), edited by Lester Del Rey and Risa Kessler. It can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection (1992), edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, A Quest-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (2002), edited by Margaret Weis, and Wings of Fire (2010), edited by Jonathan Strahan and Marianne S. Jablon. The story is included in the collection The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh (2004).

Hestia

C. J. Cherryh

An early Cherryh novel about colonists on an alien world and their interactions with the catlike natives, centering on a young engineer sent to solve the colonists' problems, and his relationship with one of the natives. Major themes in this novel include sexual liberation, sexual aberration, hypocrisy of social mores, and responsibility toward indigenous peoples.

Serpent's Reach

C. J. Cherryh

Set in a forbidden star system featuring a terrifying race of ant-like aliens, this is the story of Raen, the last of the massacred Sul family, and her lifetime pledge to vengeance.

Sunfall

C. J. Cherryh

The Hugo Award-winning author of "The Chronicles of Morgaine" and "Exile's Gate" returns with a tale of the future fate of Earth. Humankind has now conquered the stars and left the once-mighty cities of Earth to confront their destinies - and possible extinction - alone.

The Goblin Mirror

C. J. Cherryh

A FRAGMENT OF POWER

Things weren't right in the little kingdom of Maggiar, not right at all. So the princes Bogdan and Tamas set off to seek an answer to the kingdom's troubles in the land over-mountain, a world they knew only from legends. And Yuri, the youngest prince, chafing at being left behind, soon followed them...

But the land over-mountain was in turmoil, for the goblins had declared war. The kingdoms the princes had come to find had all been ravaged. No sooner had the brothers crossed out of Maggiar than their party was ambushed. Bogdan was carried away to the fortress of the goblin queen herself. Yuri wandered lost through an evil wood, in search of his brothers. And Tamas was caught up in darkest sorcery, for he fell in with Ela, a witch's apprentice...

Ela possessed a shard of the goblin queen's magic mirror. With that single sliver of the queen's great power, she planned to challenge the goblin queen herself. And Tamas would be the focus of her battle...

The Only Death in the City

C. J. Cherryh

This short story originally appeared in the collection Sunfall (1981) and was reprinted in Lightspeed, April 2014. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 8 (1982), edited by Arthur W. Saha, and is included in the collection The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh (2004).

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

The Paladin

C. J. Cherryh

The Lord Saukendar, Imperial sword master and stalwart supporter of the Emperor is betrayed, falsely accused of an affair with his childhood sweetheart Lady Meiya, now the Emperor's wife. Meiya is dead, and hostile forces have command of the Emperor's regency. Wounded, desperate and cut off from his supporters, Saukendar runs for the border.

In a homemade cabin high in the hills Saukendar survives crippled and alone, his warhorse Jiro and his regrets his only company, while the empire is bled by the rapacious warlords that are regent to the Emperor. Only occasional assassins dispatched by the Regent disturb his morose existence.

Taizu, a country girl from Hua locates him, demands he teach her sufficient swordsmanship to extract her revenge for her people's suffering. Despite his better judgment and strenuous efforts to discourage her, she forces him to take her on as apprentice swordswoman. Shoka, as he prefers to be known to his friends, becomes fond of the girl.

In the process of teaching her and supporting her cause, they become embroiled in the affairs of empire, becoming the spearhead of a revolt that rescues the Emperor from his Regent and his people from the clutches of the warlords.

The Scapegoat

C. J. Cherryh

Nebula Award nominated novella. It originally appeared in the anthology Alien Stars (1985), edited by Elizabeth Mitchell. The story can also be found in the anthology The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century (2001), edtied by Harry Turtledove and Martin H. Greenberg. The story is included in the collection The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh (2004).

Visible Light

C. J. Cherryh

Table of Contents:

  • Author's Introduction - (1986) - essay
  • Cassandra - (1978) - shortstory
  • Threads of Time - (1978) - shortstory
  • Companions - (1984) - novella
  • A Thief in Korianth - (1981) - novelette
  • The Last Tower - (1982) - shortstory
  • The Brothers - (1986) - novella

Wave Without a Shore

C. J. Cherryh

Freedom was an isolated planet, off the spaceways track and rarely visited by commercial spacers. It wasn't that Freedom was inhospitable as planets go. The problem was that outsiders--tourists and traders--claimed the streets were crowded with mysterious characters in blue robes and with members of an alien species. Native-born humans, however, said that was not the case. There were no such blue-robes and no aliens. Such was the viewpoint of both Herrin the artist and Waden the autocrat--until a crisis of planetary identity forced a life-and-death confrontation between the question of reality and the reality of the question....

Port Eternity

Age of Exploration: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

Camelot lives again-on a spaceship manned by Arthurian androids...

"Marvelous." -Voya

"A thoughtful work by an intelligent writer."-Science Fiction & Fantasy

Voyager in Night

Age of Exploration: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

Rafe Murray, his sister Jillian, and Jillian's husband Paul Gaines, like many other out-of-luck spacers, had come to newly-built Endeavor Station to find their future. Their tiny ship, Lindy, had been salvaged from the junk heap, and fitted to mine ore from the mineral-rich rings which circled Endeavor. But their future proved to be far stranger than any of them imagined, when a "collision" with a huge alien vessel provided them with the oddest first contact experience possible!

Cuckoo's Egg

Age of Exploration: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

They named him Thorn. They told him he was of their people, although he was so different. He was ugly in their eyes, strange, sleek-skinned instead of furred, clawless, different. Yet he was of their power class: judge-warriors, the elite, the fighters, the defenders.

Thorn knew that his difference was somehow very important -- but not important enough to prevent murderous conspiracies against him, against his protector, against his caste, and perhaps against the peace of the world. But when the crunch came, when Thorn finally learned what his true role in life was to be, that on him might hang the future of two worlds, then he had to stand alone to justify his very existence.

Heavy Time

Allliance-Union: Company Wars: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

Bird and Ben are free-runners, prowling the asteroid belt for that one major strike that will make them rich. When they come across another free-runner ship, adrift and inhabited by a half-crazy spacer named Dekker, they decide to tow him in and claim his ship for salvage. Then the body of Dekker's partner is discovered, and Bird and Ben find more than their livelihood is in danger.

Hellburner

Allliance-Union: Company Wars: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

Lt. Ben Pollard thinks he's traded the perils of the Belt for security as an Earth-based computer jockey for United Defence Command. Then he's forced to perform a mission of mercy - and lands on an isolated, intrigue-riddled space station. In Hellburner, her newest novel, Hugo Award winner C. J. Cherryh returns to the best-selling universe of Heavy Time, Cyteen, and Downbelow Station, and creates a story of multi-global conspiracy, power politics, and military in-fighting. Here the stakes are nothing less than the future of humanity. When Pollard finds himself stranded on the Sol II battle installation without his orders, I.D., and possessions, he discovers something equally disturbing. He's been named next-of-kin to a man he never wanted to even see again: Paul Dekker, a young pilot who attracts crises like dead flesh draws flies. The centerpiece of a top-secret war project, Dekker has just lost his entire crew in a mysterious freak accident and lost his mind to amnesia from an attempted suicide. Or attempted murder. Suddenly two more faces from Dekker and Pollard's past are shanghaied to Sol II: their occasional lovers, renegade pilots Meg Kady and Sal Aboujib. Together they had once smashed the criminal cover-ups of a mining cartel. Now, they're all caught in a shadowy, deadly maze of power-mongering rivalries between UDC and Fleet Strategic Operations, the Senate and Peace Lobby, and the corporate lords of both Earth and Mars. In this subtle, dark contest with mysteries that deepen by the hour and rules that change without warning, Pollard, Kady, Aboujib and Dekker must survive kidnapping, sabotage, ambush, riots, kangaroo courts, conspiracy, and treason - only to become lab animalsin the frontline of an endless war for humanity's soul. The two couples are being programmed to crew an experimental deathship no one has been able to control. And to escape the quagmire of manipulation, Pollard and his companions must master and wield the awesome power of - Hel

(Amazon.com)

Downbelow Station

Allliance-Union: Company Wars: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

Pell's Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between "The Company," whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds. But Pell's location--on the outer edge of Earth's defensive perimeter-- makes her the focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence...

Merchanter's Luck

Allliance-Union: Company Wars: Book 4

C. J. Cherryh

The fateful meeting between the owner of a tramp star-freighter that flies the Union planets under false papers and fake names and a proud but junior member of a powerful starship-owning family leads to a record-breaking race to Downbelow Station--and a terrifying showdown at a deadly destination off the cosmic charts.

Rimrunners

Allliance-Union: Company Wars: Book 5

C. J. Cherryh

Bet Yaeger, heroine of the Hugo Award-winning "Downbelow Station", has hit bottom. She is jobless, homeless and starving. Once a marine, she enlists on the first ship that docks, only to find it crewed by her sworn enemies whose mission is to hunt down the fleet Bet has spent her life serving.

Tripoint

Allliance-Union: Company Wars: Book 6

C. J. Cherryh

A social outcast, Thomas Bowe is caught between the rivalry of two merchant spaceships, one headed by his father and one by the woman whom his father had raped long ago.

Finity's End

Allliance-Union: Company Wars: Book 7

C. J. Cherryh

With a truce declared between the major powers, war hero Captain James Robert Neihart returns to the Alliance station of Pell to reclaim one of the Merchanters' own. During the Company Wars, Finity's End had to leave a pregnant crew member on Pell and was unable to retrieve her orphaned son.

The Neiharts want their lost cousin back out of love, but also because the war has cost Finity's End a generation. No babies have been born, while half the crew--half the family--are dead, making the prodigal youth even more precious.

But Fletcher Neihart has left Pell for the planet Downbelow where, after a childhood spent in uncaring foster homes, he's found happiness working with the hisa--Downbelow's mystic, peaceful natives. He even has a beautiful girlfriend. The last thing he wants is to be dragged into space. He has no choice.

Fletcher is reunited with a home he's never seen. From having no family, he's now surrounded by kinfolk--all battle-scarred strangers more alien than the non-human hisa. Like Jeremy, the hero-worshipping twelve-year-old, JR, groomed to be a captain and growing into leadership, Madelaine, ship's attorney, and Fletcher's great-grandmother.

And the Neiharts must deal with a resentful hostage who bears their name and features, but knows nothing of their history, traditions or lives.

Meanwhile, Finity's End flies toward conflict and danger. For Captain Neihart is forging a treaty among the worlds, stations and Merchanters; and opponents will try ambush, sabotage, and murder to stop him. By journey's end the hope for peace will depend on whether JR, Jeremy and the crew can uphold Merchanter honor; and whether Fletcher, guided by a gift from the hisa, can learn to trust... and find his true place in the universe.

At the Edge of Space

Allliance-Union: Hanan Rebellion

C. J. Cherryh

Omnibus edition of two early Cherryh novels: Brothers of Earth (1976) and Hunter of Worlds (1977):

Brothers of Earth:
The leader of the Hana was a Priestess-Ruler in a world of humanoid aliens. Yet she was more closely related to her human prisoner, Kurt Morgan, though their star nations had been bitter enemies for two thousand years. She granted Kurt Moragn his lfie, but for a price: that he remain indebted to his captors, immersed in an alien environment which threatened to drive him mad. Beset with doubts, Kurt accepted the terms of his capture and despite his misgivings became intrigued with his life.

For he shared something unique with his captor--both of them had survived the destruction of their worlds. And then they realized that the world on which they now lived was on the brink of a devastating war, and they were perhaps the only two sentient beings there who understood the ultimate sacrifice that might come from such a conflict. Could they save this world, or would they die with their adopted planet, humanity's orphans at the edge of space

Hunter of Worlds:
The Iduve were the most advanced spacefaring race in the galaxy. They traveled where they pleased in giant city-sized vessels, engrossed with their own affairs. The Iduve were humanoid, but they differed from Earth's own humans in one significant way: they were pure predators incapable of human emotion.

Aiela was a world-survey officer who found himself abducted to serve the Iduve clanship Ashanome. Forcibly mind-linked with two other captives, life for Aiela became wholly dedicated to the service of his captors.

But then the Ashanome came to the world of Priamos, a war-torn planet caught in a struggle between humans and the alien race known as the amaut. When she discovered that her fugitive brother was hiding there, Chimele, leader of the Ashanome, was willing to sacrifice this entire world to destroy him. And Priamos' only hope for survival lay with Aiela and his fellow captives...

Brothers of Earth

Allliance-Union: Hanan Rebellion: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

The leader of the Hana was a Priestess-Ruler in a world of humanoid aliens. Yet she was more closely related to her human prisoner, Kurt Morgan, though their star nations had been bitter enemies for two thousand years. She granted Kurt Moragn his lfie, but for a price: that he remain indebted to his captors, immersed in an alien environment which threatened to drive him mad. Beset with doubts, Kurt accepted the terms of his capture and despite his misgivings became intrigued with his life.

For he shared something unique with his captor--both of them had survived the destruction of their worlds. And then they realized that the world on which they now lived was on the brink of a devastating war, and they were perhaps the only two sentient beings there who understood the ultimate sacrifice that might come from such a conflict. Could they save this world, or would they die with their adopted planet, humanity's orphans at the edge of space

Hunter of Worlds

Allliance-Union: Hanan Rebellion: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

The Iduve were the most advanced spacefaring race in the galaxy. They traveled where they pleased in giant city-sized vessels, engrossed with their own affairs. The Iduve were humanoid, but they differed from Earth's own humans in one significant way: they were pure predators incapable of human emotion.

Aiela was a world-survey officer who found himself abducted to serve the Iduve clanship Ashanome. Forcibly mind-linked with two other captives, life for Aiela became wholly dedicated to the service of his captors.

But then the Ashanome came to the world of Priamos, a war-torn planet caught in a struggle between humans and the alien race known as the amaut. When she discovered that her fugitive brother was hiding there, Chimele, leader of the Ashanome, was willing to sacrifice this entire world to destroy him. And Priamos' only hope for survival lay with Aiela and his fellow captives...

The Pride of Chanur

Allliance-Union: The Chanur Series: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt toothed and blunt-fingered, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company -- a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown -- and he was a prisoner of his discoverer/ captors the sadistic, treacherous kif, until his escape onto the hani ship The Pride of Chanur.

Little did he know when he threw himself upon the mercy of The Pride and her crew that he put the entire hani species in jeopardy and imperiled the peace of the Compact itself. For the information this fugitive held could be the ruin or glory of any of the species at Meetpoint Station.

Chanur's Venture

Allliance-Union: The Chanur Series: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

Pyanfar Chanur thought she had seen the last of Tully, the lone human who had so disrupted the peace of Meetpoint Station and gained the Chanur clan the enmity of half a dozen races as well as their own. But Tully is back, bringing with him a priceless trade contract with human space. A contract which would mean vast power, riches, and a new hornet's nest for Pyanfar and the Pride.

The Kif Strike Back

Allliance-Union: The Chanur Series: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

When the kif seize Hilfy and Tully, Pyanfar and her shipmates enter into a simple rescue attempt that soon becomes a deadly game of interstellar politics.

Chanur's Homecoming

Allliance-Union: The Chanur Series: Book 4

C. J. Cherryh

When those aliens entities called "humans" sent their first exploration ship into Compact space, the traditional power alliances of the seven Compact races were catastrophically disrupted. And, giving shelter to Tully, the only surviving human, Pyanfar Chanur and her feline hani crew were pitched into the center of a galactic maelstrom, becoming key players in a power game which could cause an intersteller war, or bring the last hope for peace between eight barely compatible alien races.

Chanur's Legacy

Allliance-Union: The Chanur Series: Book 5

C. J. Cherryh

Hilfy Chanur, young captain of the merchant ship Chanur's Legacy , accepts a commission from a dignitary on the planet Meetpoint to deliver a religious artifact to nearby Urtur Station. The arrangement soon becomes a tangle of interstellar intrigue as Hilfy and her crew battle kidnappers, assassins, and smooth politicians while fighting their own inborn prejudices.

The Faded Sun: Kesrith

Allliance-Union: The Faded Sun Trilogy: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

This is the story of three people: Sten Duncan, a soldier of humanity; Niun, last warrior of the mri, humanity's enemies; and Melein, priestess-queen of the final fallen mri stronghold. It is the story of two mighty species fighting for a galaxy, humanity driving out from Earth, and the enigmatic regul struggling to hold their stars with mri mercenaries. It is a story of diplomacy and warfare, of conspiracy and betrayal, and of three flesh-and-blood people who found themselves thrown together in a life-and-death alliance.

The Faded Sun: Shon'jir

Allliance-Union: The Faded Sun Trilogy: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

Sten Duncan had saved the lives of the last warrior and the last priestess-queen of mankind's enemies, the mri. He had come to understand their ways and to value their code of honor. When they planned their escape and he was ordered to trap them, Sten fled into space with them instead. Far across the cosmos was their forgotten homeworld. He could help them find it--and maybe there find the secret that had eluded the military masters of Terra.

The Faded Sun: Kutath

Allliance-Union: The Faded Sun Trilogy: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

When the third volume begins, the regul are in a state of disarray as a result of the assassination. Duncan returns to the mri and joins them in seeking assistance from the Elee, the other surviving race of ancient Kutath. After a new Elder has risen among the regul, they renew their attack on the Mri. This time humanity acts to halt the genocide, and as a result form a new partnership with the Mri.

Alliance Rising

Allliance-Union: The Hinder Stars: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh
Jane S. Fancher

SFWA Grand Master Cherryh returns to the Hugo-award winning Alliance-Union Universe with a thrilling entry in her far-reaching sci-fi saga.

For years, the stations of the Hinder Stars, those old stations closest to Sol, have lagged behind the great megastations of the Beyond, like Pell and Cyteen. But new opportunities and fears arise when Alpha station receives news of an incoming ship with no identification. The denizens of Alpha wait anxiously for news about the outsiders, each with their own suspicions about the ship and its origins.

Ross and Fallon, crew members of the Galway, believe the unidentified ship belongs to Pell and has come to investigate another massive ship docked at Alpha, The Rights of Man. Though Rights is under the command of the Earth Company, it is not quite perfected--and its true purpose is shrouded in mystery.

James Robert Neihart, captain of Finity's End--a huge faster-than-light ship flown by one of the Merchanter Families--has heard whispers of The Rights of Man and wonders at its design and purpose, especially as Sol struggles to rival the progress of the Farther Stars. Now docked at Alpha, he must convince the crews that there is more to The Rights of Man than meets the eye.

Because the reasons behind the creation of The Rights of Man, and its true plans, could change everything--not just for Sol, but for the Hinder Stars and the Beyond itslf.

Forty Thousand in Gehenna

Allliance-Union: Unionside: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

Set in the same future as the Hugo-winning Downbelow Station, but fully self-contained, this is a story on the classic theme of human understanding of the alien. . . . Once again, Cherryh proves herself a consistently thoughtful and entertaining writer.

Cyteen

Allliance-Union: Unionside: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

In a futuristic world of cybernetics, two young friends become trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion, surveillance, programmable servants, a centuries-old ruling class, and an enigmatic woman who rules them all.

Regenesis

Allliance-Union: Unionside: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

The direct sequel to the Hugo Award- winning novel Cyteen, Regenesis continues the story of Ariane Emory PR, the genetic clone of one of the greatest scientists humanity has ever produced, and of her search for the murderer of her progenitor-the original Ariane Emory.

Murder, politics, deception, and genetic and psychological manipulation combine against a backdrop of interstellar human societies at odds to create a mesmerizing and major work in Regenesis. Who did kill the original Ariane Emory? And can her personal replicate avoid the same fate?

Those questions have remained unanswered for two decades-since the publication of Cyteen. Now in Regenesis those questions will finally be answered.

The Dreaming Tree

Ealdwood

C. J. Cherryh

Omnibus edition containing the Ealdwood duology - The Dreamstone and The Tree of Swords and Jewels

Journey to a transitional time in the world, as the dawn of mortal man brings about the downfall of elven magic. But there remains one final place untouched by human hands - the small forest of Ealdwood, in which dwells Arafel the Sidhe, who has more love of the earth than any of her kind. This is a moving, compelling tale of the last stronghold of immortality struggling to survive the rise of man.

The Dreamstone

Ealdwood: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

It was that transitional time of the world, when man first brought the clang of iron and the reek of smoke to the lands which before had echoed with inhuman voices. In that dawn of man and death of magic there yet remained one last untouched place -- the small forest of Ealdwood -- which kept a time different from elsewhere, and one who dwelt there who had more patience, pride and love of the earth than any other of her kind -- Arafel the Sidhe. This is the story of the last defense of Faery against the encroaching iron sword of the Era of Man.

The Tree of Swords and Jewels

Ealdwood: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

They said that Ciaran Cuilean was fey-that he had the touch of the Sidhe on him, and on his lands. And it was true. Elvish blood ran in his veins, and he had been to that other world-that parallel and magical land of Eald, where Arafel, the Lady of Trees, held dominion. But what should have been a blessing was as much a curse--for jealousy and fear grew in the lands of men. Shadows of newly awakened evil swarmed across both landscapes threatening to bring the clang and reek of war from the warm hearthstones of the mortal world keeps to the silvery heart of Ealdwood. And Ciaran knew that he must once again put his humanity aside and reclaim his haunted weapons from the Tree of Swords or see both his worlds fold into darkness!

Rider at the Gate

Finisterre: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

Stranded on a distant planet that abounds with fertile farmland, human colonists appear to be in paradise. But all the native animals communicate by telepathy, projecting images that drive humans mad. Only Nighthorses stand between civilization and madness. When a flare of human emotion spreads to all the horses, chaos erupts.

Cloud's Rider

Finisterre: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

On a distant planet, all the native creatures communicate telepathically, projecting images which drive humans to madness. As a result, the people live in walled cities and owe their lives to the nighthorses, equines who can bond with certain riders and provide a telepathic "buffer". But one savage winter, young Danny Fisher and his nighthorse Cloud lead the survivors of a deadly telepathic attack to shelter high in the snowbound mountains--only to discover their "sanctuary" threatened by a vicious predator never before known to humans. Sequel to "Rider at the Gate".

Foreigner

Foreigner: Arc 1: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

It had been nearly five centuries since the starship Phoenix, lost in space and desperately searching for the nearest G5 star, had encountered the planet of the atevi. On this alien world, law was kept by the use of registered assassination, alliances were defined by individual loyalties not geographical borders, and war became inevitable once humans and one faction of atevi established a working relationship. It was a war that humans had no chance of winning on this planet so many light-years from home.

Now, nearly two hundred years after that conflict, humanity has traded its advanced technology for peace and an island refuge that no atevi will ever visit. Then the sole human the treaty allows into atevi society is marked for an assassin's bullet. The work of an isolated lunatic? ... The interests of a particular faction? ... Or the consequence of one human's fondness for a species which has fourteen words for betrayal and not a single word for love?

Invader

Foreigner: Arc 1: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

On the world of the atevi, humanity makes up one small enclave, on the island of Mospheira. After the disappearance of the starship Phoenix, only one human representative is allowed to interact with the atevi - the Paidhi, a mixture of ambassador, translator and salesman of advanced technology. In a society where assassination is a recognised form of negotiation, Bren Cameron had been performing his task as Paidhi well.

Then the Phoenix returns, almost two hundred years after its departure.

Recovering from surgery on Mospheira, Cameron must return immediately to the atevi, but he finds his government has already sent a successor, Deanna Hanks, without informing him. And she has managed to alienate major factions against humanity.

Battling against his strangely-silent masters, the deadly atevi and Hanks, Bren Cameron must take risks that could destroy the entire world - or save it for atevi and humanity alike.

Inheritor

Foreigner: Arc 1: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

Six months have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix - six months during which the alien atevi have striven to reconfigure their fledling space program in a breakneck bid to take their place in the heavens alongside humans. But the return of the Phoenix has added a frighteningly powerful third party to an already volatile situation, polarizing political factions in both human and atevi societies, and making the possibility of all-out planetary war an ever more likely threat.

On the atevi mainland, human ambassador Bren Cameron, in a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, has arranged for one human representative from the Phoenix to take up residence with him in his apartments, while another is stationed on Mospheira, humanity's island enclave. Bren himself is unable to return home for fear of being arrested or assassinated by the powerful arch conservative element who wish to bar the atevi from space.

Responsible for a terrified, overwhelmed young man, and desperately trying to keep abreast of the political maneuverings of the atevi associations, how can Bren Cameron possibly find a way to save two species from a three-sided conflict that no one can win?

Precursor

Foreigner: Arc 2: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

Over three years have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix - the same ship which two centuries left an isolated colony of humans to fend for themselves on the world of the volatile atevi.

Since that time, humans have lived in exile on the island of Mospheira, using a single diplomat, the paidhi, to trade advanced technology for the continued peace and safety of its people.

But the unexpected return of the Phoenix has shattered forever the fragile, carefully maintained political balance of these two nearly incompatible races. For the captains of the Phoenix offer the atevi something Mospheira never could - access to the stars.

For three breakneck years the atevi labor to build a space shuttle which will bear their representatives to the Phoenix, to strengthen connections with their new human and retain their bid for control of their world. But as soon as the shuttle proves spaceworthy, the captains of the Phoenix suddenly recall their planetary delegates, breaking diplomatic contact and initiating a vicious bid for political dominance.

But the powerful head of the atevi's Western Association is not to be outmaneuvered, and he sends his own paidhi, Bren Cameron, into space to negotiate.

Thrust into a political maelstrom with almost no preparation, Bren is empowered to use any means at his disposal to achieve the atevi's aim. But can Bren gain control of the station and political supremacy for the atevi without sparking a three-sided interspecies war?

Defender

Foreigner: Arc 2: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

It has been over two centuries since the starship Phoenix disapeared into space, leaving a colony of humans to fend for themselves on the world of the alien atevi.

Since then humans have lived in exile using a single diplomat, the paidhi, to trade bits of advanced technology for continued peace and safety.

Now the unexpected return of the Phoenix has shattered the fragile political balance of these two nearly incompatible races. For the captains of the Phoenix offer the atevi something the planet-bound humans never could - access to the stars. In return the captains ask for atevi manpower and supplies to rebuild their long-derelict space station and refuel their aging starship.

Nearly ten years later, the atevi have three functioning space shuttles, and teams of atevi engineers labor in orbit to renovate the space station.

But these monumental advances not only add a dangerously powerful third party to an already precarious diplomatic situation, but rouse pro- and anti-space factions in atevi society to near-incendiary levels. To help negotiate these treacherous diplomatic waters, Tabini-aiji, the powerful head of the atevi's Western Association, has sent the only human he fully trusts into space: his own paidhi, Bren Cameron.

However the threat of possible invasion by hostile aliens who attacked Phoenix's station in a far-off sector of space hangs over them all. And when one of the senior captains of the Phoenix confesses that this distant station was not completely destroyed, as had been previously thought - that there may be friends and family who still survive - the crew mutinies.

How can Bren hope to mediate on a station overcome by a rebellious crew intent on taking the Phoenix on a rescue mission back into hostile territory?

Explorer

Foreigner: Arc 2: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

It has been nearly ten years since the starship Phoenix retuned to the abandoned station orbiting the world of the alien atevi. This station, called Alpha, had been deserted for centuries following a rift between a faction of the station's inhabitants and the spacers' autocratic Pilot's Guild. For two hundred years this splinter faction had shared a fragile coexistence with the atevi, living in isolation on the island of Mospheira, communicating with the brilliant but volatile atevi by the use of a single highly trained diplomat, the paidhi, and trading technological information for continued peace and safety.

The unexpected return of the Phoenix has forever changed the lives of both atevi and Mospheirans, for over the ensuing decade, the captains of the Phoenix have brought both the atevi and their human counterparts into space. Their motivation seemed simple: Reunion Station, a human station in another sector of space, had been destroyed by aliens.

But on his deathbed, the senior captain of the Phoenix admits that he lied to the crew - that Reunion was merely damaged, not destroyed, and many people, including family and friends of the Phoenix crew may have survived. At this disclosure, the crew rebels and forces the Phoenix to undertake a rescue mission to Reunion.

But the crew and captains do not go alone, for on board are Bren Cameron, brilliant human paidhi, now representing Tabini-aiji, the atevi ruler, and Tabini's grandmother Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, a fearsome, wily, and ambitious atevi leader with an agenda of her own.

Trapped in a distant star system with very little fuel left, facing a potentially bellicose alien ship, how can Bren help to avoid interspecies war when the notoriously secretive Pilot's Guild aboard Reunion Station won't even cooperate with their own ship, and may have kept the inhabitants of their own station ignorant of their true situation?

Destroyer

Foreigner: Arc 3: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

It has been two years since the starship Phoenix left Alpha Station on a rescue mission to a faraway sector of space where over four thousand human spacers were under attack by a hostile alien race.

Now, exhausted from their journey, with resources strained by four thousand extra mouths to feed, the crew of the Phoenix yearns for home. But when the ship makes the final jump into atevi space, things do not seem right. And when they make contact with Alpha, they learn the worst: that supplies to the station have been cut off; that civil war has broken out on the atevi mainland; that the powerful Western Association has been overthrown; and that Tabini-aiji, Bren Cameron's primary supporter and Ilisidi's grandson and ally, is missing and may be dead.

With no one left to lead the Western Association, Ilisidi and Bren know that the survival of their allies lies in their hands. And with the atevi world at war, the only safe landing strip lies on the human colony at Mospheira. Although there are many dangers inherent in bringing a powerful atevi leader such as Ilisidi onto human lands, Bren realizes they have no choice but to do so.

But even if they safely survive their landing, will Bren and Ilisidi together prove strong enough to muster the remaining shards of the Western Association and regain control of their planet?

Pretender

Foreigner: Arc 3: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

Exhausted from a two-year rescue mission in space, the crew of the starship Phoenix return home to find disaster: civil war has broken out, the powerful Western Association has been overthrown, and Tabini-aiji, its forceful leader, is missing and may be dead.

In a desperate move, Bren Cameron - brilliant human paidhi to Tabini-aiji - and Tabini's grandmother Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, along with Cajeiri, Tabini's eight-year-old heir, make planetfall and succeed in reaching the mainland.

Ancient, but still brilliant and forceful, Ilisidi seeks refuge at the estate of an old ally. As Ilisidi's and Bren's bodyguards struggle to update the manor's antiquated defense systems, Tabini-aiji arrives at the door.

As word of Tabini's whereabouts circulates, clans allied with Tabini descend upon the estate, providing a huge civilian presence that everyone involved hopes will deter impending attack by the usurpers.

But as more and more supporting clans arrive, Bren finds himself increasingly isolated, and it becomes clear that both his extremely important report of alien contact in space, and even his life, rest on the shoulders of only two allies: Ilisidi and Cajeiri.

Can one elderly ateva and an eigh-year-old boy - himself a prime target for assassination - protect Bren, a lone human involved in a civil war that most atevi believe he caused?

Deliverer

Foreigner: Arc 3: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

In the aftermath of civil war, the world of the atevi is still perilously unstable. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with his son and heir, and his human paidhi, Bren Cameron, have returned to their seat of power. The usurper, Murini, has escaped to the lands of his supporters, but the danger these rebels pose is far from over. Ilisidi, Tabini's grandmother, the aiji-dowager, has returned to her ancient castle in the East, for though she supports the rule of her grandson, she also has powerful ties in the lands of the rebels, and she seeks to muster whatever support she can from among those enemy strongholds.

In his father's heavily armed and tightly guarded headquarters, eight-year-old Cajeiri is horribly bored. Two years on an interstellar starship surrounded by human children have left him craving excitement and the company of his peers. But unbeknownst to this dissatisfied youngster he has become a target for forces bent on destroying his father's rule and everything it stands for. Though still a child, Cajeiri embodies a unique threat to the venerable, tradition-defined lifestyle of his people. For this innocent young boy is the first ateva youth to have lived in a human environment, surrounded by human children. And after hundreds of years of fragile, tenuous atevi-human coexistence, Cajeiri may very well be the first ateva to ever truly understand the so similar yet so dangerously different aliens who share his home planet and threaten the hidebound customs of his race.

Conspirator

Foreigner: Arc 4: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

The civil war among the alien atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri, his son and heir, and his human paidhi, Bren Cameron, have returned to the Bujavid, their seat of power. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over. Since the rebellion, Bren Cameron's apartment in the capital has been occupied by an old noble family from the Southern district - the same district from which the coup was initiated. This family now claims loyalty to Tabini, but the aiji is dubious, and dealing with these possible rebel infiltrators will require finesse on Tabini's part. To avoid additional conflict, Bren has decided to absent himself from the Bujavid and visit Najida, his country estate on the west coast, for the month before the legislature resumes its session. It has been more than two years since Bren was last at his idyllic country retreat, and he relishes the thought of the peace and tranquillity his lovely coastal home affords.

Tabini-aiji has once again taken over the job of training his young son in the traditional ways of the atevi, and has Cajeiri under strict supervision. But after two years in space, surrounded by human children, with only his great-grandmother, the aiji-dowager Ilisidi, as guardian and teacher, Cajeiri bristles in this highly controlled and boring environment. He misses his human associates in space, he misses the company of his wily great-grandmother, who allowed him more liberty than his parents do, but most of all, he misses his close association with nand' Bren.

Desperate for freedom and adventure, disregarding the obvious danger, Cajeiri escapes the tightly guarded Bujavid with his young bodyguards and sets out secretly to join Bren on the coast.

Determined to insure his son's safety, Tabini recalls Ilisidi from her home in the East, asking her to find Cajeiri and secure him at Bren's estate.

But it has been a long time since Bren has been to Najida, and the war has shifted allegiances in many quarters. A district that once was considered a safe haven might now be a trap. And with Bren, Cajeiri, and Ilisidi all under one roof and separated from their allies, that trap is now baited.

Deceiver

Foreigner: Arc 4: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

The civil war among the alien atevi is over. Tabini-aiji, dynamic ruler of the Western Association, has reclaimed his former power, and once again resides in the capital. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.

Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat allied with Tabini, has graciously chosen to visit Najida, his country estate on the west coast. He feels that the political tensions in the capital might ease if he is not present, and after two years in space and his return to a planet still imperiled by revolution, he relishes the peace and tranquillity his lovely coastal home affords.

But peace and tranquillity are not in the cards for Bren.

Desperate for freedom and adventure, disregarding the obvious danger, Cajeiri, Tabini's young son, escapes the tightly guarded capital with his bodyguards and arrives to surprise Bren in the country. But he is not the only surprise guest, for Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, Tabini's wily and powerful grandmother, has been dispatched to secure her great-grandson's safety.

However, Najida, formerly a safe haven, is no longer the sanctuary it once was. For a neighbor's estate - the ancestral home of Lord Geigi, a close associate of Bren's - has been left without strong leadership. Lord Geigi now resides on and runs the atevi space station, and in his absence, rebel clans have infiltrated his home. When these rebels attack Bren, Cajeiri, and the dowager, they have no choice but to recall Geigi from space.

With Lord Geigi, Ilisidi, Bren, and Cajeiri all under one roof, they pose an irresistible target for the enemy. And Bren's pastoral retreat, now swarming with bodyguards, becomes a locked-down and armed fortress. These four individuals - three of the most powerful politicians on the planet, and the heir to the aiji - are not without their own resources. But can they overcome their adversaries and end this guerilla war that is the last vestige of revolution?

Betrayer

Foreigner: Arc 4: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat allied with Tabini-aiji, dynamic atevi leader of the Western Association, has left the capital and sought temporary refuge at his country estate, Najida. But Najida has proven to be the opposite of a safe haven. For though the rebel usurper has been killed by Tabini's forces, and the capital has been purged of his factions, insurgents still persist in other districts, and their center of power, the Marid, lies perilously close to Bren's western coastal estate.

Now, Bren, along with Ilisidi, Tabini's powerful grandmother, and Cajeiri, Tabini's young son and heir, is trapped inside Najida, which has been transformed into an armed fortress and is surrounded by enemies.

But ancient, wily Ilisidi is not inclined to be passive, and in a brazen and shockingly dangerous maneuver, she sends Bren and his bodyguards into enemy territory. He is to travel to the palace of the leader of the Marid, a young lord named Machigi, in a district virtually at war with the Western Association. Bren's mission is to attempt to negotiate with Machigi - an atevi lord who has never actually seen a human - and somehow persuade him to cease his hostile actions against the West.

Though Bren does gain admittance to Machigi's home, and even an audience with the young lord, Ilisidi has not given him any explicit directions about this negotiation, and Bren is unsure what he is sanctioned to offer. He knows that Machigi is a young autocrat who rules a fractious, faction-ridden clan, and that his continued hospitality is not guaranteed.

Bren's genius for negotiation and his extensive knowledge of atevi politics, history, and economics enable him to make a daring trade offer to Machigi - one that seems to interest the young warlord. But Machigi is understandably suspicious of Ilisidi's motives, and to Bren's utter shock, evokes an ancient law.

Bren wears the white ribbon that for the last two centuries has identified the single official human-atevi negotiator. But before humans landed, this white ribbon represented a specialized negotiator between atevi adversaries - a mediator who agreed to represent both sides with equal loyalty. These ancient mediators frequently ended up dead.

Can Bren stay alive, and not alienate Ilisidi or Tabini, while also representing the interests of their enemy?

Intruder

Foreigner: Arc 5: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

Civil war on the world of the atevi seems to be over, but diplomatic disputes and political infighting continue unabated. Bren Cameron, brilliant human diplomat allied with the dominant Western Association, has just returned to the capital from his country home on the coast. But his sojourn was anything but restful. Attacked by rebel forces hoping to kill not only him, but also Ilisidi, the grandmother, and Cajieri, the young son, of Tabini-aiji, the powerful head of the Western Association, Bren and his resourceful associates have had a small war of their own to contend with. And this small war has ended with a daring proposition: that their longtime enemy Machigi, having been double-crossed by his allies and approached by Ilisidi with an offer of alliance, will sign a trade agreement with her Eastern district-a situation which has upset both the rebels and the loyal north.

But Bren's accustomed role as negotiator for Tabini, Ilisidi, and their associates has suddenly changed radically—for Machigi, to Bren's utter shock, has evoked an ancient law. Bren wears the white ribbon that for the last few centuries has identified the single official human-atevi negotiator. But before humans landed, this white ribbon represented a specialized negotiator between atevi adversaries—a mediator who agreed to represent both sides with equal loyalty. These ancient mediators frequently ended up dead.

Now back in the capital, Bren finds that things are even more complicated than they previously were. He has now been put in the precaroius position of representing both Ilisidi and Machigi to the congress, and is becoming embroiled with both conservative and liberal factions. Meanwhile, Tabini-aiji is enraged to have lost the personal negotiator who has been his associate for decades, and is also jealous of any other party who stands to influence his young son. But there are even more dangerous things afoot, for Bren's bodyguard has warned him there is a crisis inside the immensely dangerous Assassins' Guild, and that the recent dustup with the Shadow Guild, a rebellious faction within the Assassins, may be only the beginning.

Protector

Foreigner: Arc 5: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

It's coming up on Cajeiri's birthday. The boy has been promised he can have the young human children he knew from his voyage sent down from the space station for a two week stay.

But there's far a darker business going on in the background--a major split compromising the Assassins' Guild, which furnishes security and law enforcement to the whole continent. Tabini's consort's own father has been barred from court, and may be involved in a new conspiracy against him.

For safety reasons, Tabini wants Bren and Ilisidi to take charge of Cajeiri, and protect him and his young guests. They themselves are very likely targets of whatever's going on, no question of it. So is Cajeiri. But having the targets separated and contained is an advantage.

It's Bren's responsibility to entertain the guests, keep the security problem secret...and let a lonely eight-year-old prince reestablish his controversial relationship with the only other children he's ever met...inside the best security they can manage.

Peacemaker

Foreigner: Arc 5: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

At last--Cajeiri has his young guests from the starship, three young folk entranced by weather and trees and creatures with minds of their own. It's all he dreamed of...

But now safety is foremost: Cajeiri's grandfather has been assassinated, hostile Assassins Guild invaded Great-uncle's house, and now Bren Cameron, paidhi-aiji, who was sent to keep the aiji's son safe, has more than the young guests on his mind. The aiji-dowager knows who's to blame for the attacks, and they're going after him.

The fact that the person responsible is in the heart of Assassins' Guild Headquarters, the most closely guarded fortress on the continent, is not going to stop her.

Bren Cameron has the pieces now, of a decades-old plot that's been threaded through Guild actions going back before his arrival on the continent, and more--he knows the person responsible is going to find out he knows, and find out within hours.

They have no choice. If they don't move, the other side will.

And the lives of the boy, the guests, the entire ruling family are at stake.

Tracker

Foreigner: Arc 6: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

Tracker is the sixteenth installment of CJ Cherryh's acclaimed Foreigner series.

It's been a year of upheaval, since Bren Cameron's return from space--a year when he and the aiji-dowager, one of his most powerful atevi allies, returned home from their two-year interstellar mission to find the government overthrown and their world in chaos.

Now, at last, things are calming down; the Assassins' Guild is functioning again, working out its internal difficulties, and Bren is settling back into his routine: not as Lord of the Heavens; not--to his regret--as Lord of Najida peninsula, where his leisure estate is located; but as paidhi-aiji, an official in the atevi court.

His current ambition is to keep himself and his bodyguard out of harm's way, and to shepherd the aiji-dowager's daring new trade agreement through the appropriate legislative committees. Combined with Tabini-aiji's recent appointment of his young son Cajeiri as his official heir, Bren's workload is challenging, but at least things on the atevi world seem to be on the right track.

Something is coming, however, quietly, stealthily, just the first ominous twinkle of a new star in the heavens...

Visitor

Foreigner: Arc 6: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

It's been a year of upheaval, since Bren Cameron's return from space--a year since he and the aiji-dowager, one of his most powerful atevi allies, returned home from their two-year interstellar mission to find the government overthrown and their world in chaos. Now, at last, things on the atevi world seem to be on the right track, and Bren hopes that life may soon become much more tranquil.

But something is coming, quietly, stealthily--just the first ominous twinkle of a new star in the heavens....

Convergence

Foreigner: Arc 6: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

Knowledge about the dangerous situation in adjacent space rests only with Bren Cameron, the human diplomat to the alien court of the atevi, four starship captains, and the two chiefs of state -- both the human and the atevi, who share the planet.

Bren is obliged to carry the just-signed treaty to the human government on an island some forty miles off the shores of the atevi-ruled megacontinent, and -- without explaining the dire situation that would send the people into chaos -- to arrange for the human refugees who are crowding the space station to be landed on the island, since the atevi will not grant more land to the human residents of their planet. Bren, a native of this island, is now an atevi official -- trying to prepare the human inhabitants for the arrival of many more desperate human refugees from space.

Emergence

Foreigner: Arc 7: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

The nineteenth book in C.J. Cherryh's beloved Foreigner space opera series begins a new era for diplomat Bren Cameron, as he navigates the tenuous peace he has struck between human refugees and the alien atevi.

Alpha Station, orbiting the world of the atevi, has taken aboard five thousand human refugees from a destroyed station in a distant sector of space. With supplies and housing stretched to the breaking point, it is clear that the refugees must be relocated down to the planet, and soon. But not to the atevi mainland: rather to the territory reserved for human, the island of Mospheira.

Tabini-aiji, the powerful political head of the atevi, tasks his brilliant human diplomat, Bren Cameron, to negotiate with the Mospheiran government. For the Alpha Station refugees represent a political faction that the people of Mospheira broke from two centuries ago, and these Mospheirans are not enthusiastic about welcoming these immigrants from space.

Resurgence

Foreigner: Arc 7: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

Bren Cameron, diplomat in residence, usually represents the ruler of the atevistate. But Ilisidi, the dowager, has been known to borrow his services from time to time--and she has her own notions how to solve the simmering hostilities in the south of the atevi continent, playing one problem against another.

This time, she is betting the hard-won northern peace--and the lives of the people--on being right. She has commandeered the Red Train, taken aboard what passengers she chooses, and headed for the snowy roof of the world, where a hard-scrabble town and its minor lord are the first pieces she intends to use.

The Gates of Hell

Heroes in Hell: Book 2

Janet Morris
C. J. Cherryh

Alexander of Macedon, Julius Caesar, the Pharaohs Hatshepsut and Cleopatra, Niccolo Machiavelli, Judah Macabee, and other damned adventurers brave the River of Fire and the River of Forgetfulness on a daring journey back to the land of the living.

Kings in Hell

Heroes in Hell: Book 4

Janet Morris
C. J. Cherryh

As the Second Trojan War begins, history's greatest champions and villains, including Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Hatshepsut, Cleopatra, Brutus, and Machiavelli, fight the Battle of the Ages.

Legions of Hell

Heroes in Hell: Book 6

C. J. Cherryh

Julius Caesar gathers his legions in an alternate universe in order to defeat the devil and conquer hell.

Angel with the Sword

Merovingen Nights: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

In Merovingen, a watery canal-laced city, much like Earth's Venice, society is segregated along class lines between the lower and upper cities. Against her better judgment, Altair Jones, 17, rescues an unconscious man from a canal near her poleboat. She is fascinated by Mondragon's good looks and elegant ways and begins to fall in love with him. Even though she knows there is no future for a water rat like herself with such a man, she decides to watch over him and rescue him from his enemies; enemies who turn out to be the most powerful people in the upper city...

Festival Moon

Merovingen Nights: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

In her highly acclaimed novel Angel with the Sword, Hugo Award winner C.J. Cherryh introduced readers to Merovingen. Now, in Festival Moon, she elaborates upon the intricately conceived characters, traditions, and legends from her cornerstone novel.

Table of Contents:

  • Festival Moon - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • First Night Cruise - novelette by Leslie Fish
  • Festival Moon (reprised) - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Two Gentlemen of the Trade - short story by Robert Asprin
  • Festival Moon (reprised) [2] - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Cat's Tale - novelette by Nancy Asire
  • Festival Moon (reprised) [3] - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Deathangel - [Merovingen Nights] - novelette by Mercedes Lackey
  • Festival Moon (reprised) [4] - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Sword Play - novella by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  • Festival Moon (reprised) [5] - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • First-Bath - novelette by Lynn Abbey
  • Festival Moon (reprised) [6] - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Night Action - short story by Chris Morris
  • Festival Moon (final reprise) - novelette by C. J. Cherryh
  • Merovingian Ecology - essay by Mercedes Lackey
  • Index to City Maps - essay by C. J. Cherryh
  • Merovingian Song: Guardian - (1983) - poem by Leslie Fish
  • Merovingian Song: Black Water (Suicide) - (1986) - poem by Mercedes Lackey and C. J. Cherryh
  • Merovingian Song: Private Conversation - (1986) - poem by Mercedes Lackey and C. J. Cherryh

Fever Season

Merovingen Nights: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

In Angel with the Sword, Hugo Award-winning author C.J. Cherryh introduced readers to Merovingen. Once again, she has assembled a series of closely linked tales by herself and other top writers such as Lynn Abbey and Janet and Chris Morris that continue the wonder of Merovingen.

Table of Contents:

  • Fever Season - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Hearts and Minds - novelette by Chris Morris
  • Fever Season (reprised) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • A Plague on Your Houses - short fiction by Mercedes Lackey
  • Fever Season (reprised) [2] - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • War of the Unseen Worlds - novelette by Leslie Fish
  • Fever Season (reprised) [3] - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Night Ride - novelette by Nancy Asire
  • Fever Season (reprised) [4] - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Life Assurance - novelette by Lynn Abbey
  • Fever Season (final reprise) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Instant Karma - novelette by Janet Morris
  • Fever Season (song) - poem by Mercedes Lackey and C. J. Cherryh
  • Mist Thoughts (A Waltz with a Limp) - poem by Mercedes Lackey and C. J. Cherryh
  • Merovingian Songs: Partners - poem by Mercedes Lackey and C. J. Cherryh
  • Index of Isles and Buildings by Regions - essay by uncredited
  • Merovan Ecology - essay by uncredited

Troubled Waters

Merovingen Nights: Book 4

C. J. Cherryh

Table of Contents:

  • Troubled Waters - novella by C. J. Cherryh
  • A Tangled Web We Weave - novella by Mercedes Lackey
  • By a Woman's Hand - novelette by Nancy Asire
  • The Prisoner - novelette by Janet Morris
  • Strange Bedfellows - novelette by Lynn Abbey
  • Saying Yes to Drugs - novelette by Chris Morris
  • Nessus' Shirt - short story by Roberta Rogow
  • Treading the Maze - novelette by Leslie Fish
  • Merovingian Pharmacology 103, or, Poison in Jest - essay by uncredited
  • Raj's Letters - short fiction by uncredited
  • Merovingian Songs: Partners - (1987) - poem by Mercedes Lackey and C. J. Cherryh
  • Merovingian Songs: A Song for Marina - (1987) - poem by Mercedes Lackey and C. J. Cherryh

Smugglers Gold

Merovingen Nights: Book 5

C. J. Cherryh

Spring comes to Merovingen, City of a Thousand Bridges--and the ferment of religious mania threatens hightowners and canalsiders alike. Hugo Award-winning author C.J. Cherryh returns with another stunning collection of tales set amid the winding byways of Merovingen.

Table of Contents:

  • More Than Meets the Eye - novelette by Mercedes Lackey
  • Paper Chase - short story by Roberta Rogow
  • A Fish Story - novelette by Nancy Asire
  • A Harmless Excursion - (1988) - short story by Robert Asprin
  • Mystery - novella by Chris Morris and Janet Morris
  • Smuggler's Gold - novelette by C. J. Cherryh
  • A Day in the Life - novelette by Lynn Abbey
  • Fair Game - novelette by Leslie Fish
  • Merovingian Folklore 101, or, Alarums, Excursions, and Rumors - short story by Mercedes Lackey
  • Golden Rule - poem by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Cats of Jane - poem by Mercedes Lackey
  • Ladies of the Hightown - poem by Mercedes Lackey
  • Dark Lover - poem by Mercedes Lackey
  • Falken Lover - poem by Mercedes Lackey
  • Canalers' Love Song - poem by Mercedes Lackey

Divine Right

Merovingen Nights: Book 6

C. J. Cherryh

Table of Contents:

  • Seeds of Destruction - novelette by C. J. Cherryh
  • Run Silent, Run Cheap - novella by Leslie Fish
  • Farren's Folly: Meeting of Minds - short story by Roberta Rogow
  • Run Silent, Run Cheap (Reprised) (#1) - short fiction by Leslie Fish
  • Foggy Night - short story by Bradley H. Sinor
  • Seeds of Destruction (Reprised) (#1) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Second Opinion - novelette by Janet Morris
  • Seeds of Destruction (Reprised) (#2) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Second Opinion (Reprised) (#1) - short fiction by Janet Morris
  • Seeds of Destruction (Reprised) (#3) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Farren's Folly: Meeting of Minds (Reprised) (#1) - short fiction by Roberta Rogow
  • Red Skies - novelette by Lynn Abbey
  • Seeds of Destruction (Reprised) (#4) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Turning Point - novelette by Mercedes Lackey
  • Seeds of Destruction (Reprised) (#5) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Draw Me a Picture - novelette by Nancy Asire
  • Turning Point (Reprised) (#1) - short fiction by Mercedes Lackey
  • Postpartum Blues - novelette by Chris Morris
  • Seeds of Destruction (Reprised) (#6) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Postpartum Blues (Reprised) - short fiction by Chris Morris
  • Seeds of Destruction (Reprised) (#7) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Run Silent, Run Cheap (Reprised) (#2) - short fiction by Leslie Fish
  • Appendix: From the Files of Anastasi Kalugin, Advocate Militiar - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Appendix: Index to City Maps - essay by uncredited

Flood Tide

Merovingen Nights: Book 7

C. J. Cherryh

Table of Contents:

  • Flood Tide - novelette by C. J. Cherryh
  • The Testing - novelette by Nancy Asire
  • Flood Tide (Reprised) (#1) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • The Testing (Reprised) (#1) - short fiction by Nancy Asire
  • Flood Tide (Reprised) (#2) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • The Testing (Reprised) (#2) - short fiction by Nancy Asire
  • Don't Look Back - novelette by Mercedes Lackey
  • Flood Tide (Reprised) (#3) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • The Testing (Reprised) (#3) - short fiction by Nancy Asire
  • Walking on the Waves - novelette by Leslie Fish
  • Where's the Fire - short story by Roberta Rogow
  • Wheels within Wheels - short story by Bradley H. Sinor
  • Marriage - novelette by Lynn Abbey
  • With Friends Like These - short story by Mercedes Lackey
  • Flood Tide (Reprised) (#4) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Rapproachment - novella by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  • Flood Tide (Reprised) (#5) - short fiction by C. J. Cherryh
  • Appendix: Merovingian Folklore 102 - essay by Mercedes Lackey
  • Appendix: Merovingian Songs - essay by Mercedes Lackey

Endgame

Merovingen Nights: Book 8

C. J. Cherryh

Table of Contents:

  • Endgame - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Get Out! - short story by uncredited
  • Lost Song - short story by Bradley H. Sinor
  • Endgame (Reprised) (#1) - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Proving Ground - novelette by Mercedes Lackey
  • Endgame (Reprised) (#2) - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Bookworms - novelette by Nancy Asire
  • Endgame (Reprised) (#3) - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Family Ties - short story by Nancy Asire
  • Escape from Merovingen: Finale in Two Acts - Act One: The Fool Must Die - novelette by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  • Family Ties (Reprised) (#1) - short story by Nancy Asire
  • Endgame (Reprised) (#4) - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Escape from Merovingen (Act One Reprised) (#1) - short story by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  • Family Ties (Reprised) (#2) - short story by Nancy Asire
  • Escape from Merovingen (Act One Reprised) (#2) - short story by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  • Endgame (Reprised) (#5) - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Escape from Merovingen: Finale in Two Acts - Act Two: Escape From Merovingen - novelette by Janet Morris and Chris Morris
  • Endgame (Reprised) (#6) - short story by C. J. Cherryh
  • Once Was Enough - novelette by Lynn Abbey
  • Once Was Enough (Reprised) - short story by Lynn Abbey
  • Endgame (Concluded) - novelette by C. J. Cherryh
  • Index to City Maps: Index of Isles and Buildings by Regions - essay by uncredited

A Dirge for Sabis

Sword of Knowledge: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh
Leslie Fish

It is a grim time for the Empire of Sabis. The barbarian hordes are invading, yet no one in the capital city wants to believe the growing danger. No one, that is, except the philosopher-scientist, Sulun, and his followers.

Wizard Spawn

Sword of Knowledge: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh
Nancy Asire

It is 500 years since the fall of the Sabrin Empire, an empire whose rulers sealed their fate by refusing to countenance the devel opment of weapons that could have saved them from the barbarians. Now the Sabirn have fallen on hard times indeed, & lie supine beneath the boot of the Ancar, laboring in mines & fields & stretts at work no member of a "higher" race would touch.

But rumors abound that among the Sabirn are some who retain occult knowledge, & use it in secret rites aimed at the overthrow of the new master race. The Ancar say this is justification for genocide. The Sabirn say genocide is justification for anything; The Sword of Knowledge cuts both ways.

Reap the Whirlwind

Sword of Knowledge: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh
Mercedes Lackey

Continues the Sword of Knowledge trilogy about the people of Sabis who have been oppressed by the wizards of Ancar since their empire was conquered five hundred years ago.

Fortress in the Eye of Time

The Fortress: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

Deep in an abandoned, shattered castle, an old man of the Old Magic muttered almost forgotten words. His purpose -- to create out of the insubstance of the air, from a shimmering of light and a fluttering of shadows. that most wonderous of spells, a Shaping. A Shaping in the form of a, young man who will be sent east on the road the old was too old to travel. To right the wrongs of a long-forgotten wizard war, and call new wars into being.

Here is the long-awaited major new novel from one of the brightest stars in the fantasy and science fiction firmament.C.J.Cherryh's haunting story of the wizard Mauryl, kingmaker for a thousand years of Men, and Tristen, fated to sow distrust between a prince and his father being. A tale as deep as legend and a intimate as love, it tells of a battle beyond Time, in which all Destiny turns on the wheel of an old man's ambition, a young man's innocence, and the unkept promised of a king to come.

Fortress of Eagles

The Fortress: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

Child of Wizardry

Tristen is both more and less than a man. A summoning, a shaping, he was brought to life by a wizard, to serve a king yet to be crowned.

Now the wizard is dead: a united Ylesuin, and a peace this land has never known. Cefwyn needs his only friend, this young man of mysterious origins who is more brother than vassal. He relies on Tristen, and trusts him though he knows not why, as he plans the war that will bring his dream to pass...or bring ruin upon them all.

The eagerly awaited sequel to her acclaimed Fortress in the Eye of Time, C.J. Cherryh's newest high fantasy triumph is an epic saga of destiny and intrigue in a magical world as wondrous, and as real, as our own.

Fortress of Owls

The Fortress: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

Tristen is a weapon in an ancient war between wizardry and sorcery. He is a summoning and a shaping, brought to life by a wizard. And his sword is a weapon as well. Its keen blade, marked Illusion on one side and Truth on the other, once helped Tristen win the throne of Ylesuin for the young king Cefwyn, gaining Tristen the stewardship of the brave country of Amfel.

But the scarlet banners of war are unfolding again, and far more than the kingdom is at stake. Now Tristen must take up the sword -- as well as the Sihhe magic he has forsworn. He is destiny's own, created a combatant in a far older and more fearsome conflict than any ever imagined by mere mortal man. And he is about to do battle once more....

Fortress of Dragons

The Fortress: Book 4

C. J. Cherryh

The walls between the worlds are down. A new unfolding has begun...

It started long ago, as a war between the shadowy Immortals that persists today, as the wizard Mauryl's Shaping confronts the Shadows summoned from Chaos. Tristen is that Shaping. Both more and less than human, he successfully fought sorcery's evil tides, a victory that brought his friend Cefwyn both a kingdom and true love.

But the Lines that hold the world in place are shifting again. A ruthless enemy is preparing for battle. Once again, Tristen will take up the sword inscribed with "Truth" and "Illusion" on its blade. But he faces more than war and a pretender to Cefwyn's throne. The Shadows he sees are straight from Ruin -- a flow of darkness covering the world like ink...

Fortress of Dragons completes the high-fantasy epic begun in Fortress in the Eye of Time and continued in Fortress of Eagles and Fortress of Owls --a powerful tale set in a world of magic, violence, wonder and awe -- a world as vividly real as our own.

Fortress of Ice

The Fortress: Book 5

C. J. Cherryh

Two surprising allies have emerged to aid the embattled ruler in a struggle he must win: Cefwyn's two young sons. Aewyn Marhanen is the prince destined to rule. Aewyn's half-brother, Elfwyn Aswydd—the bastard son of the king and the sorceress Tarien Aswydd—has spent years unaware of his parentage, yet now it is his time to emerge and claim the gifted birthright he's been denied for so long.

But a dark, sinister magic has crept close to the young man and seized hold of the kingdom. Nothing is as it seems, as the bonds of family strain against the powerful forces that would see them undone—and the battle is joined to unmask and destroy the malevolence that threatens to unhinge the king's peaceful and fragile reign.

Hammerfall

The Gene Wars: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

Marak has suffered the madness his entire life. He is a prince and warrior, strong and shrewd and expert in the ways of the desert covering his planet. In the service of his father, he has dedicated his life to overthrowing the Ila, the mysterious eternal dictator of his world. For years he has successfully hidden the visions that plague him -- voices pulling him eastward, calling Marak, Marak, Marak, amid mind-twisting visions of a silver tower. But when his secret is discovered, Marak is betrayed by his own father and forced to march in an endless caravan with the rest of his world's madmen to the Ila's city of Oburan.

Instead of death, Marak finds in Oburan his destiny, and the promise of life -- if he can survive what is surely a suicidal mission. The Ila wants him to discover the source of the voices and visions that afflict the mad. Despite the danger sof the hostile desert, tensions within the caravan, and his own excruciating doubts, Marak miraculously reaches his goal -- only to be given another, even more impossible mission by the strange people in the towers.

According to these beings who look like him yet act differently than anyone he has ever known, Marak has a slim chance to save his world's people from the wrath of Ila's enemies. But to do so, he must convince them all -- warring tribes, villagers, priests, young and old, as well as the Ila herself -- to follow him on an epic trek across the burning desert before the hammer of the Ila's foes falls from the heavens above.

Forge of Heaven

The Gene Wars: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

In the second volume of "The Gene Wars," C. J. Cherryh further explores the captivating new universe where two interstellar empires, scarred by nanotechnology weaponry, hover in an uneasy detente. Perched at the edge of the galaxy, tiny Concord Station holds the balance of the universe within its carefully regulated worlds. For, created to carefully monitor the crucial desert planet below, it lies in the tenuous intersection between the territories of Earth and the alien Ondat.

Marak Trin Tain has saved a planet's people from total destruction, when the implacable ondat sent down a hammerfall to destroy the planet and keep its deadly nanoceles from changing life and evolution forever. But the regrowing planet is fragile, and a deadly cataclysm could destroy Marak--and with him, the hope for peace within the universe.

Meanwhile, on Concord, an unexpected ship from Earth disrupts the uneasy truces between human and alien, and the consequences could restart the terrible Gene Wars that once destroyed most of humanity.

Gate of Ivrel

The Morgaine Cycle: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

Scattered about the galaxy were the time-space, gates of a vanished alien race. Long before the rise of the native civilizations, they had terrorized a hundred worlds--not from villainy but from folly. Now the task was to destroy their potency for mischief. This is the story of one such Gate.

Well of Shiuan

The Morgaine Cycle: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

The world of Shiuan was doomed. Rising waters and shattering earthquakes had sealed its fate. The only escape routes were the Gates. And just as this knowledge dawned on the desperate tribes and cities there appeared the woman Morgaine--whose mission was to seal Shiuan's Gates.

Fires of Azeroth

The Morgaine Cycle: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

There was a star Gate in Azeroth marked by alien fires that Morgaine must seal. But Morgaine and Vanye have brought devastation to the peaceful land. For the hordes of Shiuan were on their heels, determined to conquer a new land for themselves and to avenge their lost planet.

Exile's Gate

The Morgaine Cycle: Book 4

C. J. Cherryh

Morgaine must meet her greatest challenge--Gault, who is both human and alien, and also seeks control of the world and its Gate. She will meet the true Gatemaster--a mysterious lord with power as great, or greater, than her own.

Rusalka

The Russian Stories: Book 1

C. J. Cherryh

C.J.Cherryh's latest book is based on the Russian fairy story about Pyetr Kochevicov and Rusalka, a spirit who draws on the lives of young men to sustain her own desperate existence.

Chernevog

The Russian Stories: Book 2

C. J. Cherryh

Sasha it was who broke the Rusalka's terrible spell, and his cheerful friend Pyetr who married her in her mortal form. But it was Eveshka's father, the old wizard Uulamets, who when he died, magicked all he knew into Sasha's head and so made him aware of Kavi Chernevog, the student who had murdered Eveshka in another age.

At least two of the three now living in Uulamet's old cottage have enough magic for their protection. But sleeper's weapon has always been magic's undoing - the insidious power of doubt.

Yvgenie

The Russian Stories: Book 3

C. J. Cherryh

Cherryh continues the tale of magic and wizardry gone awry in ancient Russia that began in Rusalka and Chernevog. The protected childhood of young wizard Ilyana, the 15-year-old daughter of adventurer Pyetr Kochevikov and former rusalka (devouring ghost) Eveshka, is brought to an abrupt end when Eveshka discovers that her daughter's erstwhile playmate is none other than the rusalka of Kavi Chernevog, the evil wizard who had loved Eveshka and destroyed her earlier life.

When Chernevog takes over the nearly lifeless body of Yvgenie Pavlovitch, a young man fleeing Kiev and his powerful father's wrath, Ilyana loves both--the childhood playmate and the newcomer in her life. After her parents threaten Chernevog/Yvengie, Ilyana flees with him, pursued by her father and wizard uncle. It soon becomes evident that other, older powers are taking a hand, making the little family a pawn in a game of revenge and magic. Cherryh weaves a complex psychological tale of magic, with wishes that lead to unexpected results and wizards who go into hiding because they fear the consequences of their actions.

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