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Exile's Gate (Morgaine Saga, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 1988

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Product Details

  • Series: Morgaine Cycle (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; First Edition edition (January 5, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886772540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886772543
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Doomed to travel from world to world, finding and closing the World Gates, Morgaine becomes embroiled in a conflict on a world where her qhal ancestors control the human population and in which she must overcome a creature whose powers challenge her own. Fans of sword and sorcery will welcome Cherryh's returnafter 10 yearsto the adventures of the "White Queen." JC
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at cherryh.com.

More About the Author

I've written sf and fantasy for publication since 1975...but I've written a lot longer than that. I have a background in Mediterranean archaeology, Latin, Greek, that sort of thing; my hobbies are travel, photography, planetary geology, physics, pond-building for koi...I run a marine tank, can plumb most anything, and I figure-skate.

I believe in the future: I'm an optimist for good reason---I've studied a lot of history, in which, yes, there is climate change, and our species has been through it. We've never faced it fully armed with what we now know, and if we play our cards right, we'll use it as a technological springboard and carry on in very interesting ways.

I also believe a writer owes a reader a book that has more than general despair to spread about: I write about clever, determined people who don't put up with situations, not for long, anyway: people who find solutions inspire me.

My personal websites and blog: http://www.cherryh.com

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I've read and re-read this book until I can almost repeat it.
Isabelle Archer
Will not purchase the remaining audio versions of the trilogy as I do not want my favorites marred by inexpert narrator.
John H. Andrews
When I first read this book on my lunch break, many years ago, I actually nearly fainted at my desk at one point.
Louisa the Lemming

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By N. Caine on May 26, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Anyone who has read the first three books doesn't need a review to tell them to continue. Almost as good as Fires of Azeroth, Exile's Gate does not disappoint, as Wells (book #2) did. The attention is on the relationship of Morgaine and Vanye. Cherryh deserves a lot of credit for moving the relationship along, as, after all, two people who have fought their way through worlds and centuries, must inevitably become more than master and servant. The progress is, however, utterly believable and gentle -- not melodramatic nor rushed. While the prose admits some of the repetitiveness that sometimes haunts Cherryh's writing (and which was gloriously missing from Azeroth) -- as if she is repeating obvious things about the characters to "warm up" as she writes [as I do when I teach]-- the fantasy here is very imaginative, with a number of compelling characters, interesting scenery, and a heavy-duty endgame (unlike the previous installments, where the travelling WAS the adventure). It's been a couple of weeks since I finished it, and I'm still quite intensely heartbroken (I'm even rather embarrassed about it) there are no more to read. Cherryh has demonstrated that she can develop their relationship with just the right pacing -- I wish she would continue.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By morrill@gte.net on October 14, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read and re-read the four-book Morgaine series because I'm so fascinated by--and admiring of--Morgaine and Vanye. Morgaine, her very name a curse on worlds she has yet to visit, must close the gates between the worlds by riding through them. She will sacrifice anything, commit any cruelty, kill any number of people if she must, to accomplish this aim. The goal is so compelling that no other consideration, even the welfare of peoples and worlds, let alone her life or that of her liegeman Vanye, counts. Vanye, a lost and disreputable servant in the first book, refuses to give up his "servitude" to Morgaine and her quest, even knowing that he can be sacrificed at any time Morgaine feels the need. He is Kurshin and as such has a stubborn code of honor that requires that he stay by Morgaine's side no matter how her actions may appall him. Morgaine and Vanye together serve a quest too horrible to contemplate: They must close the gates that permit much evil to pass from world to world. Even as their obvious regard for one another grows in this book, to something resembling desperate need, if not love, they stumble on through obstacles and obstinate peoples. Worse, they never know when they will pass through the final gate--and the final gate has no other side, only endless and soulless oblivion. And at the end of this book, after Morgaine has met her greatest challenge yet and revealed how truly murderous she can be at need, we readers are left wondering: have Morgaine and Vanye completed the quest and vanished into eternal tormented oblivion? Or will they ride out of another gate, on a distant planet, in Cherryh's next book? Only C.J. Cherryh knows for sure.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 18, 2001
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The Morgaine Trilogy (tetralogy now, I suppose), was one of the most innovative, refreshing and immersive works when first published. Aside from the universe itself, with its mysterious (even mythic) Qual, Gates, and isolated worlds, the development of the relationship between Vanye and Morgaine kept me reading each new book in the series.
However, just as some movies or books released with a "director's cut" or "original, unedited" text are actually worse than the edited original published version, so "Exile's Gate" is more of the same, but without significantly new material to make it stand out on its own.
As a longtime fan (since 1979, "Hestia") of Cherry, I tend to buy many of her books just because her name is on the cover, but I must admit I feel that there is one fundamental flaw to her writing, in that she seems to find it difficult to portray strong male characters. Her female leads are all one could hope for, and more (Morgaine, Chanur) I would argue that it is common for writers to portray characters of their own gender better than those of the other sex, but I must say that as a multiple Hugo winner, I expect her to do better at this.
I felt that in Exile's Gate, Cherry develops the relationship between Morgaine and Vanye, and strengthens Vanye's character, at the cost of weakening the character of Morgaine. I believe one reason why so many readers are attracted to her character is that she's a Maid of Steel, who realizes that no matter how great the price she and others must pay, the Gates must be closed, and therefore lets nothing stand in her way of that objective; she's the strong female lead that seems all but absent from so many books written by men.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louisa the Lemming on February 22, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this fourth of the Morgaine Saga, Morgaine is starting to come down from her high horse and treat Vanye like an equal. Well, kinda. Sorta. Sometimes. When she feels like it. Other times, not so much. Either way, she is freaking him out.

She and Vanye have rescued a young man from certain death. (Guess whose idea this was.) This man has the same beliefs and superstitions Vanye used to have, which makes Vanye homesick. He also regards Vanye as a witch, the way Vanye used to regard Morgaine. The catch is, Vanye isn't 100% sure the kid is wrong. So this too is freaking him out. (And it's only Chapter Two.)

Cherryh really puts Vanye through the wringer in this one. When I first read this book on my lunch break, many years ago, I actually nearly fainted at my desk at one point. I had to stop reading and breathe for a bit. And really, I'm not the fainting type.

If you have read the earlier books, nothing will hold you back from this last one. If you haven't, then go read GATE OF IVREL, the first and the best of the series. This is only the second best, as a story, because it cannot stand alone the way the first one can. Also, the parts that aren't told from Vanye's POV are FAR less compelling than those that are.

But Vanye himself is as human and compelling as ever, and the way he deals with the continual culture shocks, identity crises, threats of eternal damnation, and hideously no-win moral dilemmas continues to enthrall as the character matures, hardens, and despairs, yet against all odds is still found to be clinging by his fingertips to his faith and decency. Morgaine, likewise, is not chopped liver. Boy, does she know how to turn the tables.

I give this four-and-a-half stars on it's own merits, and five as a sequel. If you liked the earlier ones, it won't disappoint.
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