I absolutely loved the Studio Ghibli version of Howl’s Moving Castle, but I wanted to read the original by Diana Wynne Jones and see which things were different and which were the same. The r/fantasy bingo gave me the excuse I needed to buy it.
Sophie Hatter is the eldest of three, and therefore knows that she is destined to be unsuccessful; everyone in the town of Market Chipping knows that the eldest fails horribly when leaving home to seek their fate. While her younger sisters Lettie and Martha leave home, she works in the hat shop of her late father and stepmother. But then the Witch of the Waste curses Sophie for reasons unknown to her, and turns her into an old lady. To break the curse, Sophie must deal with the heartless wizard Howl who lives in a moving castle, a fire demon and their magical antics.
When I read The City by Stella Gemmell a couple of years ago, I thought it was a standalone. But it turned out there was a ‘sequel’ coming out in 2016, The Immortal Throne, and now I finally got to reading it.
The Immortal is dead, and there is a new Empress who rules over the still rebuilding City, while inside the Palace there are factions within factions, all with their own intentions and goals. The Empress Archange is besieged from multiple sides, and trusts no one. The soldiers of the City are splintered; who to follow now? The Empress who is making many changes she believes will benefit the City, or Marcellus, believed dead by many, who vowed to one day return and set things right? Each must choose a side. But the war is far from over for a barbarian army has amassed to kill every man, woman and child in the City.
Exile’s Gate is the last book in The Complete Morgaine omnibus by C.J. Cherryh, and contains the last adventure of Morgaine and Vanye.
Morgaine and Vanye have ridden through the Gate on Azeroth, and find themselves on another world, once again surrounded by men and qhal, not knowing who they can trust. While they try to find the next Gate to seal, they find resistance, and help, from the unlikeliest of sources.
I bought The Complete Morgaine omnibus by C.J. Cherryh a while ago, and while I would usually just review the entire thing, I figured each of the four books it contained merited a review. So that’s why I’m reviewing all of them separately. Well of Shiuan is the second book in the saga.
Jherun knew her world, Shiuan, was doomed to be overtaken by the dark waters that rose every Hnoth eventually. The Gates of Shiuan were once ruled by kings, but they were long gone, and only their descendants still lived. They still lived, knowing that their world would one day drown. None knew how to use the Gates now, their sole means of escape if ever there was one. None but Morgaine, who’d come to her Shiuan to seal them
I bought The Complete Morgaine omnibus by C.J. Cherryh a while ago, and while I would usually just review the entire thing, I figured each of the four books it contained merited a review. So that’s why I’m reviewing all of them separately. Gate of Ivrel is the first book in the saga.
Nhi Vanye i Chya has been exiled for unintentional brother killing, and must survive his ordeal through outlawry. The clans of Andur-Kursh are all vying for power, but there is none as powerful, and horrible as Thiye Thiye’s-son, master of the Gate. When hunted, hungry and thirsty, Vanye finds himself in the accursed Morgaine’s vale, he is too tired to seek shelter elsewhere. When accidentally stumbling upon a temporal trap, he unintentionally frees a beautiful but otherworldly woman, suspended for a century. It is Morgaine, a legend of the past of whom terrible tales are told; the witch who brought disaster upon Andur-Kursh. She claims from him a year of servitude, to guard her back while she prepares to finish what she started so many years ago.