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New Additions #79

A few recommendations from r/fantasy for the 2017 bingo!

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Review: Exile’s Gate by C.J. Cherryh

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.

Plot:

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.

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Review: Fires of Azeroth by C.J. Cherryh

Fires of Azeroth is the penultimate book in The Complete Morgaine omnibus by C.J. Cherryh.

Plot:

Vanye and Morgaine have entered a new world, the world of Azeroth, and it is a beautiful one. One without strife, where man and qhal live together in harmony. But unfortunately, this world is about to change for the worse. For they didn’t come through the gates alone. The people of Shiuan have entered this world, and so has Chya Roh, their most dangerous enemy. They mean to take this world for themselves, and Chya Roh has his forces guard the Gate, and search for the one they all hate: Morgaine.

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Review: Well of Shiuan by C.J. Cherryh

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.

Plot:

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

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Review: Gate of Ivrel by C.J. Cherryh

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.

Plot:

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.

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Review: Heart of Granite by James Barclay

Heart of Granite by James Barclay is the first book in the Blood & Fire series. It’s more sci fi than I thought it would be, (as in…completely) but that doesn’t throw me off as much as it would have years ago.

Plot:

War has torn the world apart, and there are no signs that the war is going to end anytime soon. Max Halloran is a hunter-killer drake pilot of the behemoth Heart of Granite, and if you were to ask the man himself, the best of the best. He is a part of Inferno-X, and his glamorous life consists mostly of getting praise, piloting his drake Martha, fighting the enemy, and sleeping with his girlfriend. He’s living the dream and partying hard, knowing that a drake pilot’s life tends to be brief. Either you die on the wing, or you Fall. But then Max hears something he shouldn’t, something that turns his world upside down. And he refuses to let it go.

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