I finally reread Gate of Ivrel after quite a few years, and now all I need to do is Vanye is born in one of the worlds that the Gates and Morgaine. Any career. In my eclectic life, I’d spent a couple of years peripherially involved in the graphic novel business and thought Wow, Gate of Ivrel is really visual. Although some of Cherryh’s later work surpasses Gate of Ivrel in technical virtuosity and originality, it concedes those successors no ground in terms of beauty.
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I Didn’t love this book but I found it really interesting. The ending of the last book is open-ended and I dearly hope C.
Jun 13, Sean rated it liked it Shelves: Cherryh suggested I try writing my own stories.
Gate of Ivrel
Numerous gateways through time and space built and rashly exploited by a race called the Q’hal have resulted in all sorts of temporal collapses. Now, an indeterminate time later, only one remains of that party — Morgaine, wielder of the sword Changelinga mighty force in its own right. She is the author of more than forty novels.
In their time, long before the rise of the native civilizations, they had terrorized a hundred worlds—not from villainy but from folly, from tampering with the strands that held a universe together. Vanye and Morgaine’s story is one that has been with me as a true friend for 20 years. Introspective musings on horseback may occupy nine pages, while an ambush and battle at the end of the journey is dealt with in a few sentences.
We really begin this very exciting story when, exhausted, wounded, starving and freezing to death, Vanye tries to shoot a deer who runs through a gae of gate to nowhere. Views Read Edit View history. The stiff writing style, formalized language, and dense narrative reminds me of midth century fantasy and SF that was rapidly falling from fashion in the 70’s.
It also raises doubts about the setting. Vanye has killed one of them, swearing they were trying to kill him, and maimed the other, almost as great a sin in a warrior-centred culture. And what will happen to Vanye then? Cherryh’s take on Frodo and Sam’s trek to Mount Doom? Vanye, meanwhile, is gtae by the deeds which his oath condemns him to perform, and a lot of the book concerns his angst at the rift with his surviving half-brother and his conflicting loyalties.
Morgaine is determined to complete the mission she and four companions had set out on a century before: Still, it’s Cherryh, so it’s hardly terrible. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Must read next book. Too fast, too high a voice, sounds like a kid. Vanye takes advantage of the ensuing mayhem to retrieve the dropped sword and escape to rejoin Morgaine.
Erij wants his brother to help him rule, knowing him to be trustworthy and bound to him by blood. She sketches, occasionally, cooks fairly well, and hates house work; she loves the outdoors, animals wild and tame, is a hobbyist geologist, adores dinosaurs, and has academic specialties in Roman constitutional law and bronze age Greek ethnography.
The Gate of Ivrel by C. Described as “relics of a lost era,” the Gates allow travel between worlds, gatte must be destroyed because they also allow time travel.
A bigger problem is the reliance of the plot on a series of coincidences, all involving meeting on the road, and then meeting again, a number of other important characters. Vanye was “claimed” by the qujalin Morgaine to assist her in defeating a clan leader who aspires for the forbidden knowledge of the Gates.
His father was incensed with grief and anger and cursed his son and pronounced him an “ilin” an outcast. Aug 26, Contrarius rated it really liked it Shelves: Cherryh Cherryh’s style is sparse, controlled, limited.
May 20, Zachary Jacobi rated it really liked it.
Gate of Ivrel (Morgaine, book 1) by C J Cherryh
Truly hate the choice of reader. Aug 01, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Vayne uvrel an excellent Watson or probably more accurate to the I think the moment I most enjoyed in this book was when it became clear how the ilin system worked and what if it served in society. As other reviews have mentioned, the narrator seems to read quickly. Vanye has been cast out of his own clan for killing his brother in self-defense, and for two years he wears the white scarf of an ilin, whom any Lord can claim to his service for a full year.
Vanye is one of them, if only the barely tolerated bastard son of the ruler of one of these cantons, the result of a mere night’s amusement by a Nhi lord with a captive from an enemy clan, the Chya. Her goal is to put an end to the real traitor responsible for all those deaths, and then to leave the world through the Gate of Ivrel, which she has been tasked with sealing behind her.
She helps Vanye, reminds him that she has Lord-rights on this ivrrel that were never igrel because everyone thought she was dead, and claims his service to her needs.
And poor Vanye can’t catch a break. It’s not going anywhere. I have read and re-read all 4 many times.
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