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Chanur's Homecoming (Compact Space, Bk 4)
Chanur's Homecoming - Compact Space, Bk 4 Author:C. J. Cherryh From Hugo Award winner C. J. Cherryh comes the long awaited final novel in her best selling Chanur series...an epic saga of action and intrigue among diverse sapient species, and the turmoil set off by the arrival of aliens in their sector of space; the first humans ever seen. — Travel back to that region known as Compact space, where oxygen-brea... more »thing races like the hani, kif and mahendo'sat co-exist with mysterious methane breathers whose form of intelligence - and degree of power - are unknown. They have all worked out an intricate web of communications and politics calculated to maintain a mutually profitable economic climate, and a shaky peace.
But then humans sent an ill-fated exploration ship into their midst, shaking up all the traditional alliances. The incursion rocked the lives of Pyanfar Chanur and the crew of The Pride of Chanur, who gave shelter to Tully, the sole survivor of the Terran force. His compatriots murdered by the kif, who would gladly kill him as well - or worse - Tully inadvertently plunged Pyanfar and her crew into the center of a maelstrom. Reluctantly, they became key players in a deadly game they barely understood. For the presence of humans had introduced an entirely new variable into the scheme of things - an unknown factor which could irrevocably destroy the Compact and open the way for chaos.
Now, as space stations turn into battlegrounds for rival factions of kif, Pyanfar and her crew find themselves caught up in the heart of the struggle - suddenly unsure of the integrity of long-time mahendo'sat allies, compelled to join forces with the most devious of the kif. Because with the hani homeworld in the direct pathh of the war, The Pride is the last, desperate hope of their race.« less