C.J. Cherryh

Hunter of Worlds

"The Iduve were the most advanced spacefaring race in the galaxy. They travelled where they pleased in giant city-sized vessels, taking what they pleased, engrossed with their own affairs. The Iduve were humanoids - with a difference: they were predators incapable of human emotions. Aiela was a world-survey officer wo found himself abducted to live and serve the iduve clanship Ashanome. Forcibly mind-linked with two other humans, life became for him a wholly different thing - a life lived on three levels and intended for dedication to the service of his captors. But events involving a human world that had become prey to the Ashanome were to bring out contradictions and confrontations that make the story of this man and his captor-master, the Hunter of Worlds, a truly powerful science fiction novel."

Original Publication: Nelson Doubleday/Science Fiction Book Club, March 1973
This Edition: DAW, August 1977
Cover Art: John Berkey
Format: Paperback

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Serpent's Reach

"The constellation of Hydrus, known as the Serpent, is compacy and obscure as seen from Earth's sky. Even in the great era of interstellar colonization it remained obscure. For it was under strict quarantine - harboring an intelligent race, powerful, alien and inhuman. Yet there were human colonists within the Serpent's Reach, cut off from the galaxy beyond, with their own inbred culture, their Families and traditions, and their special relationships to the inhuman najat. This is the strange and brilliant novel of Raen, the last of the massacred Sul Family, and of her lifetime pledge to find vengeance. It was to take her across the worlds of the Reach into the very center of the alien webwork, into the strands of throught and counter-thought that knit the forbidden constellation into a complex of interbred cultures that no outsider could hope to unravel."

Original Publication: Nelson Doubleday/Science Fiction Book Club, May 1980
This Edition: DAW, August 1980
Cover Art: David B. Mattingly
Format: Paperback

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Downbelow Station

"Pell's Star occupied the central spot in the coming conflict between Earth's tired stellar empire and the tough onslaught of its rebellious colonies. Whoever controlled Pell's Downbelow station held the key to Earth's defensive perimeter - or the jumping off point for a Terrestrial offensive to regain the lost empire. But Pell had always been neutral and was determined to remain so. This is a powerful, complex and enthralling novel of interstellar conflict and ambitions. In its pages you will meet and strive with the many vivid persons, human and non-human, whose futures would hang on the outcome of that titanic struggle. DOWNBELOW STATION is a tour-de-force of science fiction, bringing to light another brilliant facet of the Hugo-winning author of SERPENT'S REACH and THE FADED SUN."

Original Publication: DAW, February 1981
This Edition: DAW, February 1981
Cover Art: David B. Mattingly
Format: Paperback

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Merchanter's Luck

"As captain and sole crew member of the ramshackle spaceship Lucy, Sandor Kreja roams among the stars, taking on whatever cargoes he can to survive, skirting and sometimes breaking the law. But Sandy hardly thinks of himself as a dashing swashbuckler; his skirmishes with starvation and death have left him with little in the way of bravado, though he's had loneliness enough for several lifetimes. While a womanless life is sad when you're just 27, a life without a family is even worse, for family ties, on the merchant ships from the star-stations, are all-powerful, providing not just the ships' crews but also all chances for personal and career satisfaction. Sandy, a virtual pariah, can hope for none of this, for his family was murdered by the Mazianni pirates years before. On Viking station, he meets Allison Reilly, beautiful, clever, from the gigantic and successful merchant ship Dublin Again, where she competes with her hundreds of cousins to advance her career. Knowing the folly and hopelessness of his passion, he falls in love with her and follows her to Pell station , where new trade routes are opening up in the direction of long-abandoned Earth. When he arrives there, however, he realizes that his old enemies - people who'd paid a high price for his extralegal maneuvers - haven't forgotten him. Clapped into jail, rescued by Allison, he's obliged to yield to her suggestion that he, will Allison as second-in-command, use the Lucy as trailblazer for the Dubiln's exploration of the new trade routes. With the Lucy sleekly renovated, they begin their journey, despite the threat posed by a mysterious military cargo forces on them at the last minute, along with a warning that the Mazianni are lurking near the Lucy's route. Along with the cargo, however, Allison and Sandy bear the weight of private burdens: Allison's fear that Sandy, well-known for wheeling and dealing, will betray her and the other crew members, and Sandy's fear that a link to his past will be discovered and ridiculed. For Ross, the only other survivor of the massacure of Sandy's family, and Sandy's only companion for many years afterward, had made recordings to help the boy overcome every imaginable crisis aboard the Lucy. After Ross died, the recordings provided Sandy with sound advice, spiritual sustenance, and a sense of belonging - to someone. But how could the sleek and self-assured Dubliners, who had always had their powerful family around them, appreciate this? Yet personal frustrations become insignificant when the deadly and powerful Mizianni attack...Gripping interstellar adventure by the author of Downbelow Station and The Pride of Chanur."

Original Publication: DAW, July 1982
This Edition: DAW, July 1982
Cover Art: Barclay Shaw
Format: Hardback

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The Pride of Chanur

"No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naken-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 hari 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 Meerpoint Station."

Original Publication: DAW, January 1982
This Edition: DAW, January 1982
Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Format: Paperback

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The Kif Strike Back

"Kif power, Hani pride.When the kif seized Hilfy and Tully, hani and human crew of The Pride of Chanur, they issued a challenge Pyanfar, captain of Pride, couldn't ignore, a challenge that was to take Pyarfar and her shipmates to Mkks station and into a deadly confrontation between kif, hani, mahendo'sat and human. And what began as a simple rescue attempt soon blossomed into a dangerous game of interstellar politics, where today's ally could become tomorrow's executioner, and where methane breathers became volatile wild cards playing for stakes no oxy breather could even begin to understand..."

Original Publication: Phantasia Press, May 1985
This Edition: DAW, January 1986
Cover Art: David A. Cherry
Format: Paperback

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Exile's Gate

"Here, after ten years, is the long-awaited new novel about one of C.J. Cherryh's most famous and popular heroines, Morgaine, closer of the world Gates! Morgaine, who with her magical sword Changeling and her loyal liegeman Vanye, travels from world to world, seeking out the Gates, deadly heritage of a long-vanished race, which could forever warp past, present, and future unless they are shut down. Now, on a world torn by rebellion and war, Morgaine must meet her greatest challenge. For here she will face Gault, who is both human and alien and who seeks control of the world and its Gate. And here too Morgaine will face the true Gatemaster, a mysterious lord with a power as great - or perhaps greater than Morgaine's own!"

Original Publication: DAW, January 1988
This Edition: DAW, January 1988
Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Format: Paperback

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Fortress in the Eye of Time

"Time is ripped loose, undone. The old gods are gone: and who would dare call them back? It was a shadow age and shadow place. A ruin, tree-drowned in a forest seeming endless as the sea; a keep poised on a rock that had once been the height of a might citadel. Now there survived only a few shattered towers and fragments of statues, some that smiled, and some, the faces of vanished kings, serene and blind. It was a place of strange fancies, the last outpost of the Old Lands. Adrift in a forest through which ran only the memory of a road....Deep in the shattered castle an old man muttered almost forgotten words. He was of the Old Magic and he had no time for mere illusions or glamors. He was about a more serious business. To create out of the insubstance of the air, from a shimmering of light and a fluttering of shadows, that most wondrous of spells, a Shaping. A Shaping in the form of a young man. And send him west on the road the man 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, fates to sow distrust between a prince and his father, brings new magic to the realms of imaginative literature. High fantasy has been called "the novel, set free to soar," and Cheryyh is an author who gives a story wings indeed, carrying the reader far beyond the boundaries of the familiar. Fortress in the Eye of Time is Cherryh's high fantasy triumph. A tale as deep as legend and as 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 promise of a king to come. It is at once the oldest, and the newest, story ever told."

Original Publication: HarperPrism, May 1995
This Edition: HarperPrism, May 1995
Cover Art: Peter Goodfellow
Format: Hardback

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Rider at the Gate

"A forgotten colony lost on a planet of wild beauty and unimaginable danger. A people held together by a renegade band of outcast heroes, called to their destinies by alien dreams. A world of Riders and Nighthorses, their minds linked together on the knife-edge of an abyss - for even a single Nighthorse can annihilate the human race. And now one Nighthorse has gone insane...Rider at the gate..."

Original Publication: Aspect/Warner, August 1995
This Edition: Aspect/Warner, September 1996
Cover Art: Mike Posen
Format: Paperback

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Cloud's Rider

"A lethal mountain blizzard leads to a holocaust of madness and murder, but young rider Danny Fisher and the alien nighthorse Cloud must protect a snowbound village beset by fear and greed. For the telepathic predators of the Wild, emotions are weapons, delusions cal kill...and humans are the most desirable prey."

Original Publication: Aspect/Warner, September 1996
This Edition: Aspect/Warner, September 1997
Cover Art: Mike Posen
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Inheritor

"Six months have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix - six months during which the alien Atevi have striven to reconfigure their fledgling 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 Mosphiera, 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?"

Original Publication: DAW, April 1996
This Edition: DAW, February 1997
Cover Art: Dorian Vallejo
Format: Paperback

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Finity's End

"One of science fiction's most accomplished authors, C. J. Cherryh returns to the universe of her bestselling, Hugo Award-winning classics, Downbelow Station and Cyteen, with a thrilling, critically acclaimed new Merchanter novel of a starship-dwelling family struggling with legacies of the war that cose them a generation: Finity's End"

Original Publication: Aspect/Warner, August 1997
This Edition: Aspect/Warner, August 1998
Cover Art: Peter Elson
Format: Paperback

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Fortress of Eagles

"A Kingdom divided.A wizard who once meddled in the affairs of Ylesuin.A usurper's grandson on the throne.A prophesied King to come.The wizard saved his greatest spell for last. Tristen is the name of that Shaping, and Tristen knows nothing else for certain: neither who he was, nor what he is, no least of all why the wizard created him. And now the wizard is dead. And young Cefwyn is king. Cefwyn has a dream: a united Ylesuin, and a peace his land has never known. It is a dream that persists in spite of a court bent on ruling the King...self-serving barons who abhor wizards and foreigners. Hide your powers, the King asks tristen. Cefwyn needs his only friend, this young man of mysterious origins who is more brother than vassal. He relies on Tristen, trusts him, protects him...and plans for a war that will bring his dreams to pass...or bring down a ruin upon them all. And so a sword gathers dust in a corner of Tristen's room .One side says Truth. The other side says Illusion. The servants refuse to touch it...and Tristen ignores it with all his might. The eagerly awaited sequel to her acclaimed Fortress in the Eye of Time, C.J. Cherryh's newest high fantasy triumph continues the soaring tale of two friends, sovereign and sorcerer, in an age of wizardry. Fortress of eagles is a legend in the making, an epic saga of destiny and ancient magic, an intimate tale of love and loyalty in a magical world spanning centuries"

Original Publication: HarperPrism, January 1998
This Edition: HarperPrism, January 1998
Cover Art: Keith Parkinson
Format: Hardback

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Fortress of Owls

""I dreamed of Owl. That means wizardry is near." There is a vast difference between wizardry and sorcery, a difference embodied in the conflict between the shadowy immortals Mauryl and Hasufin. Tristen is a weapon in that ancient war. A summoning and a shaping, brought to life by the wizard Mauryl, Tristen has yet to see his first winter, though he has the shape and the memory of a young man. And the sword is a weapon as well. Its keen blade, marked Illusion on one side and Truth on the other, helped the young kind Cefwyn secure the stewardship of Ylesuin and gained Tristen the stewardship of Amefel, a country that has paid dearly for its resistance to the barbarism of wizard war. Tristen's rule in Amefel is blessed with two extraordinary friends: one a stalwart and simple warrior, the other with more than a drop of aetheling royal blood. But the scarlet banners of war are unfolding again, and far more than a kingdom is at stake. Cefwyn's dream of a united Ylesuin and a love match with Ninevrise is threatened by ambitious lords and narrow religionists to whom all magic is evil. The "sparrows" of Elwynor are gathering on the border, pitiful refugees from the gathering storm. And Tristen must take up the sword and the Sihhe magic he has forsworn. For he is destiny's own, created a combatant in a far older, and more fearsome conflict than any ever imagined by mere mortal man. Following her acclaimed Fortress in the Eye of Time and Fortress of Eagles, C.J. Cherryh's newest high fantasy triumph continues the soaring tale of the primordial struggle between darkness and light. Fortress of Owls is a worthy and essential addition to this awesome fantasy epic, set in a world as rich with wonder, as plagued by violence, and for those with eyes to see, far more real than our own."

Original Publication: HarperPrism, January 1999
This Edition: HarperPrism, January 1999
Cover Art: Matthew Stawicki
Format: Hardback

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Alternate Realities: Port Eternity/Voyager in Night/Wave Without a Shore

"Port Eternity: Their names were Lancelot, Elaine, Percivale, Gawain, Mordred, Lynette and Vivian, and they were made people, clone servants who worked aboard The Maid, an anachronistic fantasy of a spaceship. They had no idea of their origins, from those old storytapes of romance, chivalry, heroism and betrayal, until a ripple in the space-time continuum sucked The Main and her crew into a no-man's-land from which there could be no return, and they were left along to face a crisis which their ancient prototypes were never designed to master... Wave Without a Shore: Freedom was an isolated planet, off the main spaceways and rarely visited by commercial spacers. It wasn't that Freedom was inhospitable, the problem ws that outsiders - tourists and traders - claimed that the streets were crowded with mysterious blue-robed aliens. Native-born humans, however, denied that these aliens existed - until a planetary crisis forced a confrontation between the question of reality and the reality of the question... Voyager in Night: 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!"

Original Publication: DAW, December 2000
This Edition: DAW, December 2000
Cover Art: Don Maitz
Format: Paperback

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Intruder

"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, had 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 Llisidi, 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 Llisidi 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, Llisidi, 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 precarious position of representing both Llisidi and Machigi to the congress, and is becoming embroiled with both conservative and liberal factions. Meanwhile Tanini-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."

Original Publication: DAW, March 2012
This Edition: DAW, March 2012
Cover Art: Todd Lockwood
Format: Hardback

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Book one in the fifth Foreigner sequence

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Peacemaker

"Civil war on the world of the Atevi is finally over. And Cajeiri, son and heir to Tabini-aiji, atevi leader of the dominant Western Association, is about to celebrate his fortunate ninth birthday. Bren Cameron, brilliant human diplomat allied with Tabini, has managed to arrange a visit for Cajeiri's three special associates from the starship Phoenix - ordinary human children who deveeloped a band with Cajeiri during his two years in space. After a year of political upheaval, this is a happy event: the heir is safe, the aiji is back in power, and a massive celebration is planned in the capital. The whole world is watching. The human children, now on land for the first time in their lives, are entranced. There is weather, and trees, and alien creatures with minds of their own, and their important host is quite pleased. This is what Cajeiri has dreamed of. But Bren Cameron has received evidence that security has been severely compromised from the aiji's high office on downward. The powerful Assassins' Guild - which provides the judicial system, law enforcement, and personal protection in atevi society - is in th ehands of a man who would like th turn the entire world back two centuries. The man is hostile to humans and hostile to the current human-friendly and technology-friendly administration. He resides in the heart of the Assassin's Guild Headquarters - the most closely guarded fortress in the atevi world. Bren now knows the details of the decades-old plot that's been threaded through Guild actions since before his arrival on the continent. The enemy's best chance is to strike now, at the public celebration that is much too important and far too advanced to cancel. Brne and his associates have no choice. If they don't make the first move, the other side will. And the lives of the heir, his innocent human guests, and the entire ruling family are at stake."

Original Publication: DAW, April 2014
This Edition: DAW, April 2014
Cover Art: Todd Lockwood
Format: Hardback

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