94 points, 4 ¾ stars


At last—Cajeiri has his young guests from the starship, three young folk entranced by weather and trees and creatures with minds of their own. It’s all he dreamed of…

But now safety is foremost: Cajeiri’s grandfather has been assassinated, hostile Assassins Guild invaded Great-uncle’s house, and now Bren Cameron, paidhi-aiji, who was sent to keep the aiji’s son safe, has more than the young guests on his mind. The aiji-dowager knows who’s to blame for the attacks, and they’re going after him.

The fact that the person responsible is in the heart of Assassins’ Guild Headquarters, the most closely guarded fortress on the continent, is not going to stop her.

Bren Cameron has the pieces now, of a decades-old plot that’s been threaded through Guild actions going back before his arrival on the continent, and more—he knows the person responsible is going to find out he knows, and find out within hours.

They have no choice. If they don’t move, the other side will.

And the lives of the boy, the guests, the entire ruling family are at stake.


“For another—you can move faster than she can. You are as recognizable as she is. And you are willing to take cover. We are not so certain about the dowager.”


BIRTHDAY PARTY PART TWO. Now with more actual birthday party.

I’m not even certain what to say. This really feels like a part two to the previous book that just didn’t have a chance to end at the right place. It just finishes up some lingering problems. And finishes the birthday party. Mostly.

Yet it was also a very busy book. There were so many moving pieces. I was enthralled in a way I probably wouldn’t have been if I weren’t so deeply in love with the series, due to the fact that it is a book about a birthday party for a nine year old. With some not-so-conspiracy theories about secret organizations trying to take over the government thrown in. I suspect this is one of those books that you either hate because it takes so much time to do anything, or you love and overlook all of its faults.

I cannot put into words just how much I love Tabini as a person (Atevi) in Peacemaker. Tabini has always just been this force that hangs out in books. He directs events as much as he is able, he supports Bren in whatever moves Bren has to make. He’ll pop in for a chapter before being whisked back away to safety or on important business. Yet in Peacemaker he is much more up front. And I love this man dearly. That’s basically the whole of it, I love him and he is perfect and I want more of him.

You would think a child’s nine year birthday party wouldn’t be that entertaining, right? Even if he is the presumed heir to the leadership of the entire planet and part of the space above the planet, too. It couldn’t possibly be entertaining? Well, you would be wrong. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, almost breathless. You could call it scared. Or anxious (Bren’s anxiety disorder is rubbing off on me). I just had to know if Cajeiri could get through the entire event without causing an incident.

Luckily for those who don’t care about a 9 year old’s party, that isn’t the only thing to happen in this book. Bren and his aishid, his bodyguards, are on a vital mission to restore order to the aisdidi’tat and the world. There have been too many things going on in the background, and it’s time to put all the plans into action to stop all the conspiratorial background actions.

I should not have loved this book so much, by the rules of everything I know about me.