Chanur's Legacy (The Chanur Saga, Book 5) (Alliance-Union Universe)

By C. J. Cherryh

The sequence is decided within the related Alliance-Union universe of Downbelow Station, yet in a area of house within the wrong way from Earth because the Alliance and Union. it really is occupied through a couple of spacefaring civilizations certain by means of a collection of alternate treaties right into a so-called Compact. The Compact isn't a political association, and has no govt; it regulates merely the open alternate and accessibility of area stations to all civilizations, leaving them to solve their conflicts and politics among themselves.

Human area borders kif and knnn territory, the main competitive and enigmatic species of the Compact respectively. First touch ensues whilst an formidable kif hakkikt (prince) captures a human exploration send. The final surviving staff member, Tully, escapes whereas the kif send is docked at a station and lands up at the satisfaction of Chanur, a hani service provider vessel commanded by way of Pyanfar Chanur. This triggers the occasions of the 1st novel within the sequence and its three-part sequel.

The books are written as strangely sensible area opera, with less ship-to-ship taking pictures than coercion, manipulation, politics, satisfaction contests, and clashing financial pursuits interspersed with species-to-species miscommunication and misunderstanding.

The practical dealing with of linguistic and mental limitations is without doubt one of the better points of the books (especially in comparison to the style as a whole). the nature improvement is one other, that is additionally heavily hooked up to the inter-species family. because the (usually involuntary) publicity of the characters to various cultures is going on, they're driven to probe alternative ways of thinking—and including consistent strain of either low-cost and fast threat that drives them to establishing new degrees of themselves. Even the "enemy" facet is readily introduced from the extent of incomprehensible faceless risk into viewing them as an impressive but admirable opponent. The books are a metaphor of breaking psychological boundaries, discovering oneself in adversity, and starting to be above petty pursuits in the direction of international ideas and greatness.

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