The third and final book of the "Foreigner" trilogy, Inheritor finds Bren Cameron, the representative of humanity to the atevi, up to his ears in the political machinations of both the atevi and his own people. Between being exiled from humans to keep from being arrested or assassinated, and trying to figure out what the atevi are going to do next, he has to count on his few allies. But what if your allies don't have any comprehension of what the word "friend" means?
A recommended read, but make sure you read the previous volumes of the trilogy first.
6 months have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix to the planet of the Atevi--6 months during which the alien Atevi have striven to reconfigure their fledgling space program in a breakneck bid to take their place in the heavens alongside humans. But the return of the Phoenix has added a frighteningly powerful third party to an already volatile situation, polarizing political factions in both human and Atevi societies, and making the possibility of all-out planetary war an ever more likely threat.
On the Atevi mainland, human ambassadpr Bren Cameron, in a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, has arranged for one human representative from the Phoenix to take up residence with him in his apartments, while another is stationed on Mospheira, humanity's island enclave. Bren himself is unable to return home for fear of being arrested or assassinated by the powerful human arch conservative element who wish to bar the Atevi from spqace.
Responsible for a terrified, owerwhelmed young man and desperately trying to keep abreast of the political maneuverings of the Atevi associations, how can Bren Cameron possibly find a way to save two species from a three-sided conflict that no one can win?