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The Book of Morgaine: Gate of Ivrel; Well of Shiuan; Fires of Azeroth
The Book of Morgaine Gate of Ivrel Well of Shiuan Fires of Azeroth Author:C. J. Cherryh Seekers of adventure, prepare for a tale that will seize your imagination and set your pluse racing! THE BOOK OF MORGAINE is three stirring novels in one volume: Gate of Ivrel, Well of Shiuan and the just-completed final book of the saga, Fires of Azeroth. — It was the awesome legacy of a lost race--a way to move through time and space instantane... more »ously. The qhal who found the Gate mastered its technology and built Gates on other planets. Then, drunk with limitless power, they created civilizations, idly manipulating lesser life forms.
Those subject species plodded through time. But each "now" grew tedious to qhal, and while they didn't venture into the past--afraid of descroying what already existed--they recklessly sought the future. And the future became crowded with so many generations that reality rippled with the strange possibilities they had unleashed. Until, finally, the fabric of time convulsed and imploded.
Whole worlds were ruined. Only the Gates went unscathed, and eventually humans found them.
But men had been victims of the qhal and feared the Gates' power. So they sent a hundred people on a desperate mission to seal every portal from the far side of time. None could ever return. Many of the hundred went mad and many more died of the task. Morgaine was the last of them; one woman armed with a terrifying weapon that contained all that was understood of Gates--a sword called Changeling...
Vanye was ilin--a warrior in exile. All that he knew of Morgaine he had learned from the fearful legends his people told. Yet when he saw a frost-haired woman ride out of the place men called Morgaine's Tomb, he was transfixed by something more than superstitious dread.
He was in need, and Morgaine gave him food and shelter. But next morning she claimed his service and his loyalty for one year. It was her right, according to ancient law.
From that moment on, Vanye and Morgaine belonged to one another. They would face horror together--a being capable of stealing men's bodies and creatures from planets humans had never seen. They would bring hope and hatred to a drowning world, and war to a world that had been at peace for centuries. Vanye would wield Changeling, and he would come to hate the Gates, but he would follow Morgaine through them into eternity. For he was her ilin--and her awful task had become his own.« less