Precursor by C.J. Cherryh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Back to one of my favorite SF series!
It's amazing how hopping into space after having such a thorough grounding in Atevi society can feel like coming home.
Really. Like a holiday where all the in-laws are fighting and sending coded messages across the small and cramped house, where both tradition and the cold vacuum of space keeps everyone cramped and anxious as the great uncles square off against each other...
And in the meantime, Assassin's Guilds and being steeped in truly alien emotions feel like a welcome surcease of conflict.
Humans. They're the real monsters. At least the Atevi are very logical and practical even if they think that liking someone is on par with a preference for salad. It's the captains in the spaceship that are the real aliens!
Conflict, intrigue, mutiny, and a certain Dowager make this fourth book a real delight to read. One might say it's the start of the second trilogy. These things are rather well organized. :) I can't wait to sink my teeth into the next book!
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