Chanur Novels 03 Kif Strike Back Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1981
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The first time I read the set of Chanur books, I finished them in one long marathon effort, then immediately turned around and reread them again immediately. They are just that darned enthralling.
The first four books of the Chanur series [this is the third] follow Hani Captain Pyanfar Chanur's thought and actions as captain has to puzzle out changes in the behavior of the Kif [a race that is as foreign a space-faring species as you can get and still be an oxygen-breathing one] and a strange mostly-hairless new race that is a stranger to "Compact space". The Compact is a region of stars occupied by a several space-faring civilizations. The Compact is neither a political organization, nor a government; it only regulates open trade and accessibility of space stations to all civilizations- oxygen and methane breathers alike, leaving them to resolve their conflicts and politics between themselves. It is up to Pyanfar to navigate the threats to her ship and clan and eventually even whole Compact worlds that are brought about by her simple decision to shelter a single strange creature.
These books are a fantastically wonderful read that you simply must try if you claim to like sci-fi!
The four books really need to be taken as one, only the opening Pride of Chanur stands alone. She revisited the felinoid Hani and the Chanur Clan in a next-generation fifth book but aside from new insights into the stsho she had little to add and many scenes feel like reworkings of the quartet.
In this volume Chur is recovering from her injuries sustained at Kshshti and the Pride gets a new engine as Pyanfar rises in stature in a perilous balance between alliance with aliens and betrayal of the authorities of her home world Anuurn. We learn more about the kif and their strangely noble bloodthirstiness and their very strange food animal.
Oh, for another dozen Compact books.