Betrayer is the 12th book in the popular Foreigners series by C. J. Cherryh. The Foreigner series itself focuses on Bren Cameron who is a human translator between the alien atevi and humans. The civil war among the alien atevi has ended. The powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with his son and heir and his human paidhi, Bren Cameron, have returned to the Bujavid, their seat of power. But various rebellious factions are still at large and the danger is far from over.
Bren is an interesting hero and the author keeps him busy as he must help prevent an uprising at the same time survive the various scrapes he gets into. The strength in the series is the complexity of the world building and the details that go into the cultural differences between the two species and how they interact. This is one of the strongest science fiction stories out there with a bit of political thriller to spice things up. In this entry, the author reveals more about the Assassins Guild while relations between different groups are setting up complications for the future. The story is filled with complicated alliances and conspiracies with plenty of actions scenes to keep Bren (and the reader) busy. I give this one 4 stars. However, please be advised to not to use book 12 as your entry into the series if you are new as it will confuse many. The author writes 3 books for every story arc and Betrayer is the conclusion to the fourth story arc. I highly recommend reading from the beginning.
The twelfth book in Hugo Award winner C.J. Cherryh's epic Foreigner series.
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.