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Precursor
Precursor 300-youll
Author C. J. Cherryh
Illustrator Youll
Publication date 1999
Published by DAW Books
Publication Order
Preceded by
Inheritor (1.3)
Followed by
Defender (2.2)

Fourth book in the Foreigner series; first in the second trilogy arc.

Official summary Edit

INTO SPACE ...

Over three years have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix -- the same ship which two centuries before 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 Mospheria, using a single diplomat, the paidhi, to trade advanced technology for the continued peace and safety of its people.

But the unexpected return on 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 the Mospherian humans 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 allies 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, 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?

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