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The Complete Ivory (Daw Book Collectors) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2001


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  • Series: Daw Book Collectors (Book 1197)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756400414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756400415
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first book introduces Theo and her plight.
Reedekullervo
These rollicking romps through Ivory are packed full of fun and intrigue.
Julia Rampke
I grabbed this omnibus edition as soon as it hit the shelves!
William Kreahling

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Reedekullervo on December 23, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Ivory series is one of my favorite trilogies and I was thrilled to see them back in print, for those who missed them the first time around. It's hard to described the Ivory series exactly. There are magical elements. Ran Cormallon for instance, is a sorcerer, and magic does play it's part, but it's almost used almost off-handedly, since to the Ivorians, it is an everyday fact of life. For rational, Athenian scholar Theodora of Pyrene though, it's a uncomfortable thorn in the side of her scientifically based world-view. In any case, magic isn't really the main issue, nor are the science-fiction elements (interstellar liners, life on other planets, etc.) The real focus of these books is on following the adventures (and occasional mishaps) of Theo, a detached scholar, trained in myths and folklore, stuck on the backward planet of Ivory. Bribery, murder and a psychotic level of distrust is the norm, as is sorcery. Half the fun of the ride is reading about her coping with numerous challenges and seeing a new and exotic culture through her eyes. It's so enjoyable because Theodora of Pyrene is as individualistic and as interesting a voice in SF as you're likely to meet. She has a wonderfully wry way of looking at things and if sometimes she identifies a little too closely with anyone and everyone she meets, say outlaws for instance, well she can be forgiven seeing as she's just a tymon - or foreign barbarian without manners.
The first book introduces Theo and her plight. She's stuck on Ivory, telling fake fortunes in the marketplace and trying to figure out how many years she'll have to work before making enough to earn her passage home. Imagine her joy when she's offered a wealthy commission by Ran Cormallon- but it's not without it's dangers!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ex nihilo on August 31, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this is one of the typical exclamations of the heroine, Theodora, when she finds herself in deep trouble in the alien, exotic and baroque world of Ivory, where, by the way, she is living by no design of her own --she was deserted there by her travelling companions, after having been abduced and robed. Theodora, alone and helpless in the Ivoran mercyless society, tries to save money to pay her journey back to her original planet (the orderly, rational, scholarly Athena) while, and this is really tough,keeping the Athenan moral standards. The story that ensues is a delightfully funny tale of discovery and misunderstandings, the clash of two very different ethical systems which we witness while Theodora gets deeper and deeper in trouble. BUT this is only the first of the novels in the trilogy, because the author does what I had never thought could be done: while never losing the witty sense of humour -you'll keep chuckling like crazy- that characterizes the narrator/protagonist and makes her so endearing, the second novel is a high adventure story, complete with outlaws; and the third novel is a murder mystery with our dear Theodora (now definitely living in Ivory) as a reluctant sleuth. In this trilogy there is humour, adventure, ethics, love, scholarly pursuits, magic, interplanetary trips... Kanz! Why hadn't I heard of it before? A page-turner, definitely worth reading.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Kreahling on September 6, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought the first book of this series, "The Gate of Ivory", a few years ago and really enjoyed it. However with college, and several moves in between the first and subsequent books, I never got around to reading the whole series. I grabbed this omnibus edition as soon as it hit the shelves! I just finished reading it and have to say I still enjoyed the first book as much as I did the first time I read it several years ago. The only difference was this time there was more story to enjoy. The second and third books are every bit as good as the first. The books are a full of adventure, magic, murder, thievery, and romance.(Not neccessarily in that order.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kallan on June 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found The Complete Ivory on a shelf in the bookshop, thought it looked good and bought it. I'm glad I did. The three novels in this book are all well-written, enjoyable stories with interesting characters.
In the first, The Gate of Ivory, we meet Theodora. She is a scholar from the planet of Athena, stranded on Ivory after being robbed one night. Ivory is a barbaric place compared to sedate and intellectual Athena, and is the only planet to have sorcerers - magic truly does exist there, despite the scepticism of offworlders. Desperate to make enough money to buy her passage home, the story opens with Theodora telling fortunes in the marketplace. She finds herself hired to "read the cards" of Ran Cormallen, a wealthy and powerful sorcerer . . . and becomes drawn into the internal struggles of the Cormallen family. Please don't think, from that description, that this is some sort of family saga in the slushy romance vein, because it's not. The focus is very squarely upon Theodora, and her reactions and adjustments to the strange new environment her association with Ran has brought her. When a shocking crisis strikes Ran, she finds a strength she did not know she had, and is instrumental in bringing an end to the difficulties plaguing her employer and his family.
Two-Bit Heroes and Guilt-Edged Ivory see Theodora on Ivory once again, getting caught up in more adventures with Ran - I don't want to give away any more of their storylines than that.
I did have a few quibbles with these books. Magic is never explained to my satisfaction, though Egan may have kept it so low-key deliberately - it is a feature of the plots, but far from being the be-all and end-all of her stories.
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