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READ PDF Ø The Faded Sun Trilogy × They were the mri tall, secretive, bound by honor and the rigid dictates of their society For aeons this golden skinned, golden eyed race had provided the universe mercenary soldiers of almost unimaginable abilityBut now the mri have faced an enemy unlike any other an enemy whose only way of war is widespread destruction These humans are mass fighters, creatures of the herb, and the mri have been slaughtered like animalsNow, in the aftermath of war, the mri face extinction It will be up to three individuals to save whatever remains of this devastated race a warrior one of the last survivors of his kind a priestess of this honorable people and a lone human a man sworn to aid the enemy of his own kind Can they retrace the galaxy wide path of this nomadic race back through millennia to reclaim the ancient world that first gave them life Balancing the Load secretive Most Likely To... bound by honor and the rigid dictates of their society For aeons this golden skinned Blind (Lorelei Bluffs Book 3) golden eyed race had provided the universe mercenary soldiers of almost unimaginable abilityBut now the mri have faced an enemy unlike any other an enemy whose only way of war is widespread destruction These humans are mass fighters The Counterfeiter-Catching Cat (Beatrice Young Cat Mystery creatures of the herb Gordo & the Gringo and the mri have been slaughtered like animalsNow Selendang Pelangi in the aftermath of war Dünyanın Üç Yüzü the mri face extinction It will be up to three individuals to save whatever remains of this devastated race a warrior one of the last survivors of his kind a priestess of this honorable people and a lone human a man sworn to aid the enemy of his own kind Can they retrace the galaxy wide path of this nomadic race back through millennia to reclaim the ancient world that first gave them life It took me so long to read this book I should be booted from Goodreads for being a disgrace to readers everywhere I went through 2 girlfriends, 2 Presidents and 3 holidays before I finished this book.This was elegantly written and contained truly original nothing like human alien races, 3 dimensional characters and fully developed relationships It was neverboring , I was always happy to read it but i never sucked me in for any length of time either It is not what I would call a page turner It took me so long to read this book I should be booted from Goodreads for being a disgrace to readers everywhere I went through 2 girlfriends, 2 Presidents and 3 holidays before I finished this book.This was elegantly written and contained truly original nothing like human alien races, 3 dimensional characters and fully developed relationships It was neverboring , I was always happy to read it but i never sucked me in for any length of time either It is not what I would call a page turner Like the other Cherryh books I have read there was very little sunlight Our characters got chewed up and spat out again and again and again At times it felt like an SF account of a holocaust Important, brutal, well written but not very enjoyable grim, dry, melancholy, frustrating, riveting, endearing, and tragic are all good words to describe this moving anti epic well it looks like there are twowords to add to this list, moving and anti epic now how about another bromantic grim this trilogy is about a human and two members of an alien race known as the Mri, their long flight back to their homeworld and what they find there this is not an adventure it is a stark, dark tale about how easily betrayal can be rationalized and, grim, dry, melancholy, frustrating, riveting, endearing, and tragic are all good words to describe this moving anti epic well it looks like there are twowords to add to this list, moving and anti epic now how about another bromantic grim this trilogy is about a human and two members of an alien race known as the Mri, their long flight back to their homeworld and what they find there this is not an adventure it is a stark, dark tale about how easily betrayal can be rationalized and,importantly, how hard it can be to survive that betrayal if your version of survival equals never giving an inch to your betrayers or your allies dry this trilogy is austere and introspective, and Cherryh evinces little humor and lightness in the telling yet the dryness works perfectly and never comes across as pretentious she approaches her subjects in a careful, detached manner and that style is a perfect fit for her story melancholy one character gives up everything two characters lose everything they do not spend much time in reflection on the things they lost, but that loss pervades the atmosphere and their characterization from beginning to end frustrating it is not the novels that frustrate, it is the characters within the Mri are a frustratingly pure race they do not negotiate they do not take prisoners they view all non Mri as un people the definition of Mri is the People while all others are tsi Mri , or not the People they do not bend, they do not yield they are a hard people and the fact that so many others are set against them makes their single mindedness evenfrustrating why in the world would a human want to become one of them Cherryh makes that decision understandable and the harsh Mri strangely noble, without turning them into that infernal clich , the noble savage riveting there is much that quickens the pulse an attempt at genocide dangerous journeys through wastelands political intrigue challenges and duels and games with throwing blades how tough it is to travel in the dark of space spaceships bringing fire and destruction upon abandoned cities men learning to find true connection despite an automatic inequality between them a woman becoming a strong and fearless leader endearing the dusei are empathic bear like sidekicks to the Mri they are scary and adorable and a fully conceived alien species Cherryh really outdid herself in creating these fascinating, wonderful creatures she made me dream about them tragic there are two horrific slaughters in this trilogy and they cast a long shadow on all subsequent actions in the narrative the entire journey is suffused with such a deep sadness the tragedies made this trilogy genuinely depressing but not in a way that made me want to stop reading in a way that made me consider all such slaughters I admired Cherryh s ability to make these tragedies so terrible and yet so resonant these tragedies are what happen to people like the Mri, in science fiction and in our own real world moving and yet ultimately this is not a depressing work there is much that saddens and despair is woven throughout the story but this isn t about the end of a people this is about how a people can perhaps survive, on their own terms and it is a story with flawed, real characters who will stay with me anti epic do not expect sturm und drang despite everything I listed under riveting and tragic, the music this trilogy plays is all in minor notes things are not made to be larger than life instead they are precisely the size of individual lives, no matter how great the stakes it is not operatic, it is intimate bromantic at the heart of this saga is the story of a friendship between two men, a human and an alien watching this relationship evolve into something real and lasting was amazing the platonic love that grows between them is the foundation of the entire trilogy it is the best part of these excellent novels S.T.O.P right there Now pay attention If you like character driven and immersive Science Fiction you need to read this It s a slow burner, but beautifully crafted and deeply poignant It s frankly criminal that this isn t better known, overshadowed as it is by Cherryh s other high profile works Other authors can learn so much here, especially how not to lose focus of the story being told Yes, there are frustrations, but they are purposefully introduced to underscore story elements, and in th S.T.O.P right there Now pay attention If you like character driven and immersive Science Fiction you need to read this It s a slow burner, but beautifully crafted and deeply poignant It s frankly criminal that this isn t better known, overshadowed as it is by Cherryh s other high profile works Other authors can learn so much here, especially how not to lose focus of the story being told Yes, there are frustrations, but they are purposefully introduced to underscore story elements, and in the end the pay off is so rewarding that you ll be quick to forgive these The same applies to the slower portions Any story that deals with clashing cultures can be challenging how to draw readers in without alienating no pun intended their own belief systems, but while forcing them to do introspection and ask some difficult questions The perspective shifts between novels, but it isn t disruptive to the story flow I would recommend reading the trilogy as a whole to get the full emotional experience, which is why an omnibus edition makes sense That, and the fact that the individual books are long out of print they are KesrithShon jirKutathAll in all a magnificent achievement that deals with the mysterious origin, and identity, of an entire race And some very nice imagery So, if you generally enjoy atmospheric and evocative tales of wonder, please, please give this a try.From the Synopsis Now, in the aftermath of war, the mri face extinction It will be up to three individuals to save whatever remains of this devastated race a warrior one of the last survivors of his kind a priestess of this honorable people and a lone human a man sworn to aid the enemy of his own kind Can they retrace the galaxy wide path of this nomadic race back through millennia to reclaim the ancient world which first gave them life Interesting fact I was actually drawn to this by the Michael Whelan cover art, and now it features among my all time favourites, which just goes to show Three points 1 NOBODY does aliens as well as C.J Cherryh at least in my experience.2 This is not a page turning barnburner This is a slow, deep immersion that stays with you for a long time.3 No book that has inspired a Michael Whelan cover has ever disappointed me.But back on that first point Cherryh s mri and regul are two awesomely different species, the former mercenary fighters for the latter, who don t fight themselves, but really can t be trusted They re both battling humans, who Three points 1 NOBODY does aliens as well as C.J Cherryh at least in my experience.2 This is not a page turning barnburner This is a slow, deep immersion that stays with you for a long time.3 No book that has inspired a Michael Whelan cover has ever disappointed me.But back on that first point Cherryh s mri and regul are two awesomely different species, the former mercenary fighters for the latter, who don t fight themselves, but really can t be trusted They re both battling humans, who, frankly, win The story begins in the first aftermath of the treaty Regul don t need mri any, but are terrified of them As long as they were under mercenary contract, it was cool, but now Not so much.The mri are supreme individual fighters, but have been decimated by the war with humans They also have a code and culture so rigid that it makes evolution and adaptation nearly impossible This is the true strength of the story as Cherryh tells it from the perspective of the mri How can they survive as a species without sacrificing who they are Insert one human soldier who learns to bridge the gap between humans and mri much like Cherryh s on going Foreigner saga.The result is a three book saga that tells the deep, personal story of a species in decline, a species betrayed, and a species true to themselves As I said, not a barnburner, but deeply, deeply satisfying