Exile's Gate (Morgaine Saga, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 1988
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Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
- Publisher : DAW; Edition Unstated (January 5, 1988)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 414 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0886772540
- ISBN-13 : 978-0886772543
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 1.09 x 6.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,695,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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I noticed that some readers felt that Morgaine's growing feelings for Vanye somehow 'diminished' her. I disagree - as a 'team', they became even stronger.
I'm definitely a Foreigner fan - but I wish C.J. could take a break and revisit the Gates!
I love the entire Morgaine series, but found it just a bit frustrating that this is the final one. What happens after they close that gate? Where do they end up? What is the outcome between Morgaine and the last gatekeeper? Vanye gets a bit tedious, I must admit, always fretting over his immortal soul and forever injured but carrying on. It gets a little too much at times, but all in all, a great read nevertheless. C.J. Cherryh, PLEASE write another Morgaine novel!
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. It therefore is disappointing that Morgaine should start to display the weakness that would prevent her from pursuing her mission at all costs--unless she expects Vanye to take over from her (though, I thought that would only occur if she were to die prematurely, not because she surrendered in the face of a never-ending ride). I'm sorry, but the Morgaine _I_ know would fight to the end, no matter the length of the journey. Perhaps this is unrealistic, but I don't believe so--and I don't think it says much for Vanye's character, if he can only increase his character at the cost of the stature of his partner.
In conclusion, I very much enjoy the series, and enjoyed this book as well (being more of the same is not necessarily a bad thing), but I hope Cherry does more to make her characters not only flesh and blood (she certainly has that down pat) but strong in their own way--both women AND men.
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I really love the story - Chronicles (a collection of three books) and the sequel Exile's Gate . You might be forgiven for thinking this is a bit of a sword & sandal Conan & Sonja saga - nothing like it! It owes far more, I suspect, to Arthurian legend than anything and there isn't a bulging loincloth to be found.
What more to be said? the plot is long and linear, based as it is around an ill-fated quest; there are battles and travails aplenty, but none of that really matters. Once you "get it" you realise that the *real* story is about the developing relationship, uneasy at first, between the two protagonists; the fey, unpredictable and beautiful Morgaine and her faithful warrior servant, young, persistent and flawed Vanye. To say much more would spoil it, but the development of these two characters and how they interact is what makes this story what it is. Until you realise that you may find that it drags somewhat because there's a lot more "jaw jaw" than "war war". To say any more about Exile's Gate would spoil it, but if you read Chronicles, you really must read Exile before you die! Nuff said.
I only wish Cherryh had written a few more of these.
A MUST if you've read the other 3 and though I read all 4 30 years ago I was as gripped this year as I I was the first time
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