Books by C.J. Cherryh

C. J. Cherryh (born September 1, 1942) is the slightly modified working name of United States science fiction and fantasy author Carolyn Janice Cherry, the sister of artist David A. Cherry. She has written more than 60 books since the mid-1970s, including


FORGE OF HEAVEN by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 4, 2004

"A desperately complicated setup that finally explodes into action halfway through. Is it worth it? Well, just about: the plot's going nowhere, but such is Cherryh's storytelling skill that you almost don't notice."
Intrigue and strife aboard Concord Station, centuries after the events of Hammerfall (2001). Read full book review >
HAMMERFALL by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2001

"Very disappointing."
Advent of a new far-future series, from the author of Fortress of Dragons (2000), Precursor (1999), etc. A rebel against the omnipotent Ila, Marak Trin Tain guards lifelong his secret madness—voices speak his name and urge him to travel east; he beholds visions of a silver tower and a cave of suns—until his warlord father surrenders him to the Ila's soldiers. Read full book review >
FORTRESS OF DRAGONS by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2000

"Cherryh does provide a synopsis, again so dense as to be all but unintelligible—and if nothing else the whole ponderous enterprise demonstrates that even the most talented of writers can churn out pedestrian fantasy along with the best of them."
Fourth, and possibly last, of Cherryh's lumbering fantasy series (Fortress of Owls, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
PRECURSOR by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

Addition to Cherryh's superior alien-contact series (Inheritor, 1996, etc.) about the humanoid-alien "atevi" and the colony of castaway humans they've graciously permitted not only to survive but flourish on their planet. Read full book review >
FORTRESS OF OWLS by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 3, 1999

"Cherryh writes with great power, conviction, and clarity, but here she's pursuing intricacy as an end in itself: one for dedicated, determined fans only."
Addition to Cherryh's huge fantasy saga (Fortress in the Eye of Time, 1995; Fortress of Eagles, not seen) where, in a world of constant strife, King Cefwyn and his bride Ninevrise are beset by plotters, traitors, and enemies at every turn. Read full book review >
FINITY'S END by C.J. Cherryh
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Again, Cherryh confronts real, raw issues in an utterly convincing future setting: another absorbing, accomplished, and fully accessible effort."
An addition to Cherryh's superior medium-future spacefaring saga (Tripoint, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
CLOUD'S RIDER by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1996

"An overlong and underpowered entry that clearly needed a strategic regroup or a rethought approach; only in the last few pages does anything new or stimulating emerge."
Sequel to the mediocre Rider at the Gate (1995), set on a planet where human colonists have bonded with native telepathic, carnivorous, quadrupeds confusingly and lazily called "horses." Read full book review >
INHERITOR by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1996

"A familiar yet still impressive and more or less self-contained swirl of political intrigue, filtered though a memorably alien consciousness."
Third in Cherryh's alien-contact—trilogy? series?—about the humanoid alien "atevi" and the human colonists they've permitted to occupy the island of Mospheira (Invader, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
RIDER AT THE GATE by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 1995

"This entry takes Cherryh well past 1400 pages of fiction published this year, stretching a once-reliable talent impossibly thin."
On a planet where all animal species are telepathic (they exchange images and emotions through a mental medium called "the ambient"), certain of the human colonists are selected by the native "nighthorses" to form a special bond. Read full book review >
FORTRESS IN THE EYE OF TIME by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"A verbose and pedestrian exploration of histories, intrigues, and politics that's neither intense nor absorbing enough to sustain a narrative of this absurdly inflated length: self-indulgent bloat from a talented author (Tripont, 1994, etc.)."
In the ancient tumbledown stronghold of Ynefel, the last of the Sihhe wizards, Mauryl, contends with his age-old enemy and former apprentice, the shadow-being Hasufin. Read full book review >
INVADER by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"What's missing is a spark of innovation to help distinguish it from its impressive predecessor."
A sequel to the alien-contact yarn Foreigner (1994). Read full book review >
TRIPOINT by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Overall, well up to previous standards."
An addition to Cherryh's medium-future spacefaring saga (Hellburner, 1992) in which, the Company Wars over, freelance trading vessels crewed by extended families ferociously compete for interstellar shipping contracts. Read full book review >
FOREIGNER by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"These matters aside: a seriously probing, thoughtful, intelligent piece of work, with more insight in half a dozen pages than most authors manage in half a thousand."
Far-future alien-contact yarn from the author of Chanur's Legacy, The Goblin Mirror, etc., where, in a stuttering, episodic liftoff, we learn that a human colony ship, lost in space, luckily comes near a planet inhabited by humanoid "atevi." Read full book review >
THE GOBLIN MIRROR by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"But, for all that, the construction bears signs of haste, the ideas aren't fully thought through; and the texture tends toward the lumpy: Cherryh clearly stands in danger of overextending her considerable talents."
Fantasy set in an environment cognate with Cherryh's successful Rusalka trilogy (most recently Yvgenie, 1991) where magic works, ghosts and goblins are real, and everyone who matters is noble or wizardly or, preferably, both. Read full book review >
HELLBURNER by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"A disappointment after sparkling work last time out."
Direct sequel to Heavy Time (1991) and part of Cherryh's medium-future Company Wars spacefaring saga (Cyteen, etc.) about a thoroughly disunited Solar System facing invasion by genetically engineered superman. Read full book review >
CHANUR'S LEGACY by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Readers new to Cherryh's Compact Space will need patience and determination to get involved—but it's worth the effort: memorable characters, intriguing aliens, and a convoluted yet satisfying plot guaranteed to extend even the most space-operatically inclined brain cells."
Fifth in Cherryh's hitherto paperback Chanur series—a clan/dynasty saga whose alien principals, unusually, are nearly all female, and featuring other alien species by the shipload amid a welter of interspecies politicking, maneuvering, haggling, and strife. Read full book review >
YVGENIE by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"The multiple points of view don't help, and overall this won't win many new converts—though teenage readers will sympathize with Ilyana's plight."
Third of Cherryh's medieval fantasies (Rusalka, Chernevog) describing the tangled relationships and doings of a wizard family living in the primeval forests of Russian Kiev. Read full book review >
HEAVY TIME by C.J. Cherryh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1991

"Taut, gripping, realistic work, with Cherryh taking a stab at character development, and bringing her agreeably complex plot to a satisfying if unsurprising conclusion."
Another adventure set in the medium-future universe of Rimrunners and Cyteen; here, the action takes place in the solar system's asteroid belt, where independent miners are slowly being squeezed out by the predatory mining consortium ASTEX. Read full book review >
CHERNEVOG by C.J. Cherryh
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"Obscure in places but, overall, an original fantasy with fascinating characters, unique magic, and compelling plot."
Atmospheric Russian fantasy, sequel to Rusalka (1989), from the author of Cyteen and Rimrunners. Read full book review >
RUSALKA by C.J. Cherryh
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Mechanics-wise, a pretty good plot, if only so-so characters and setting What's missing is atmosphere, tension, chills and thrills—anything, in sum, that might galvanize this earnest, plodding, uncompelling, and decidedly overlong yarn."
From the author of Cyteen, Downbelow Station, and various other works of science fiction: a fantasy of Old Russia, where powerful spirits lurk in every natural feature of the landscape and Christianity, never mind Marxism, isn't even a distant prospect. Read full book review >
RIMRUNNERS by C.J. Cherryh
Released: June 28, 1989

"Plenty of tough, muscular, sometimes brutal action, complete with edge-of-your-seat plotting: likely to please space-battle-happy fans unconcerned with underlying reasons and motivations."
From the author of, most recently, Cyteen (1988): a space-action yarn chockfull of convincingly gritty detail, though less than adequate when it comes to backdrop and explanations. Read full book review >
CYTEEN by C.J. Cherryh
Released: May 25, 1988

"Still, aficionados of futuristic imaginary power-politics, and those intrigued by the possibilities of human-biological manipulation, will find much to ponder here."
Not a sequel to, but a story taking place in the same far-future universe as, Cherryh's well-known Downbelow Station, churning with political intrigue and heavyweight powerbroking, thick with knotty conspiracies and plots. Read full book review >
CUCKOO'S EGG by C.J. Cherryh
Released: April 15, 1985

"However, it is fast-moving, tautly written, and pleasingly sure-footed—soothing, if not moving."
From the author of Downbelow Station: a believable and well worked-out tale about a human child raised by aliens. Read full book review >