Protector (The Foreigner Universe #14) - C. J. Cherryh

It's coming up on Cajeiri's birthday. The boy has been promised he can have the young human children he knew from his voyage sent down from the space station for a two week stay.

But there's far a darker business going on in the background - a major split compromising the Assassins' Guild, which furnishes security and law enforcement to the whole continent.  Tabini's consort's own father has been barred from court, and may be involved in a new conspiracy against him.
 
For safety reasons, Tabini wants Bren and Ilisidi to take charge of Cajeiri, and protect him and his young guests. They themselves are very likely targets of whatever's going on, no question of it. So is Cajeiri. But having the targets separated and contained is an advantage.
 
It's Bren's responsibility to entertain the guests, keep the security problem secret... and let a lonely eight-year-old prince reestablish his controversial relationship with the only other children he's ever met... inside the best security they can manage.

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Release date: March 28, 2013
Genres: science fictionspace opera
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Updated: September 15, 2016

The Foreigner Universe :: Series

Lost in a navigational mishap, humans from the spaceship Phoenix have made landfall onto a planet inhabited by the atevi, whose thought processes are utterly alien to humans. This leads to a war with devastating results.

Bren Cameron is the current paidhi, whose job it is to provide translation services and act as the sole liaison between the humans, now settled on the island of Mospheira, and the atevi. But interesting times are ahead...

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