I'd forgotten just how quickly time moves at the beginning of the Foreigner series. In the week or so covered by the second installment, Invader, we move from injured paidhi Bren Cameron being summarily summoned back to the mainland to resume his position as the human speaker/translator to the native aliens to the excitement surrounding the landfall of the envoys from the returned colony ship.
I love how C.J Cherryh brings her linguistic background to this world and plays with the idea of how language shapes how being think. In some ways, the second book is better than the first, now that we are familiar with the characters and the world and as Bren and we get further entrenched in the atevi society.
Downgraded a half star for excessive, insecure agonizing by our protagonist, the paidhi.