A legacy of trouble
Ten years after Pyanfar Chanur, captian of "The Pride of Chanur", gave shelter to a human, thereby disrupting the complex power balances which existed between the seven races of the Compact, Pyanfar has become the most important personage in Compact space. Hilfy Chanur, once a member of her famous aunt's crew, is now captain of her own vessel, "Chanur's Legacy". And she's becoming more and more entangled in seemingly insoluble problems and increasingly hard-pressed to take care of her ship's business.
So when Meetpoint's stsho stationmaster offers her a million credits to transport a small, mysterious, "religious" object to a fellow stsho on Urtur Station, it seems like a golden opportunity. After all, a million credits is extreemly generous, perhaps even too generous. Yet despite her misgivings, Hilfy feels it's a commision she just can't turn down. But soon she and the "Legacy" are caught in an ever-tightening web of intrigue. And only time will tell whether the young captain can determine who is truly her ally and who is her enemy in this deadly game od interstellar politics...
C. J. Cherryh (born 1942) is the pen name of Carolyn Janice Cherry, a multiple-award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer. She currently resides in Spokane County, Washington.
Cherryh is pronounced ”Cherry”. The author appended a silent ”h” to her real name because her first editor felt that ”Cherry” sounded too much like a romance writer.
The asteroid 77185 Cherryh has been named in her honour.
While seeking to expand into a direction opposite to that of the Alliance, Earth inadvertently comes into contact with several alien races. Told mainly from the point-of-view of Pyanfar Chanur, a hani, this series features humans as the aliens.
The Chanur Novels consists of five works. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.
Main series The Alliance-Union Universe