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.