By C. J. Cherryh
Civil battle at the global of the atevi seems to be over, yet diplomatic disputes and political infighting proceed unabated. Bren Cameron, really good human diplomat allied with the dominant Western organization, has simply again to the capital from his state domestic at the coast. yet his sojourn was once something yet restful. Attacked via insurgent forces hoping to kill not just him, but additionally Ilisidi, the grandmother, and Cajieri, the younger son, of Tabini-aiji, the strong head of the Western organization, Bren and his ingenious affiliates have had a small battle in their personal to cope with. And this small struggle has ended with a bold proposition: that their longtime enemy Machigi, having been double-crossed via his allies and approached through Ilisidi with a suggestion of alliance, will signal a exchange contract together with her japanese district-a state of affairs which has dissatisfied either the rebels and the dependable north.
yet Bren’s accustomed position as negotiator for Tabini, Ilisidi, and their affiliates has without notice replaced radicallyfor Machigi, to Bren’s utter surprise, has evoked an historic legislations. Bren wears the white ribbon that for the previous few centuries has pointed out the one legit human-atevi negotiator. yet sooner than people landed, this white ribbon represented a really good negotiator among atevi adversariesa mediator who agreed to symbolize each side with equivalent loyalty. those old mediators usually ended up dead.
Now again within the capital, Bren reveals that issues are much more advanced than they formerly have been. He has now been installed the precaroius place of representing either Ilisidi and Machigi to the congress, and is turning into embroiled with either conservative and liberal factions. in the meantime, Tabini-aiji is enraged to have misplaced the private negotiator who has been his affiliate for many years, and can be jealous of the other celebration who stands to persuade his younger son.
yet there are much more harmful issues afoot, for Bren’s bodyguard has warned him there's a concern contained in the immensely harmful Assassins’ Guild, and that the hot dustup with the Shadow Guild, a rebellious faction in the Assassins, can be basically the start.