Reading copy. Likely Book Club edition (not stated). Boards show some edgewear plus a couple stains. A number of pages have stains that extend in some cases to the margins (text is not obscured). Slightly shelf-cocked. Jacket shows some edge wear/creasing/chipping, and also has a number of stains esp. to back cover.
First novel in the first Foreigner triology.
"Lost in space, the starship Phoenix charts its way to the nearest G5 star and discovers the world of the atevi-a world where law is kept by the use of registered assassination, where alliances were not defined by geographical borders, and where war became inevitable once humans and one faction of atevi established a working relationship. It was a war that humans had no chance of winning. Now, nearly two centuries after that conflict, humanity lives in exile on the island of Mospheira, trading tidbits of advanced technology for continued peace and a secluded refuge that no atevi will ever visit. Only a single human, the paidhi, is allowed off the island and into the complex and dangerous society of the atevi, brought there to act as interpreter and technological liaison to the leader of the most powerful of the atevi factions. But when this sole human is nearly killed by an unregistered assassin's bullet, the fragile peace is shattered, and Bren Cameron, the paidhi, realizes that he must seek a new way to build a truer understanding between these two dangerous, intelligent, and quite possible incompatible species. For if he fails, he and all of his people will die."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall