Exile's Gate Author:C.J. Cherryh Book Club Edition — From the front flap: — They had mastered the technology of the Gates, and, free to move through time and space instantaneously, the qhal had grown drunk with their seemingly limitless power. — They created civilizations and manipulated lesser life forms - those species forced to plod through time. But each "now" inevitably grew... more » tedious to the qhal, and while none ventured into the past for fear of destroying what already existed, they recklessly sought the future - a future which became so crowded with strange possibilities that the fabric of time convulsed and imploded.
Whole worlds were ruined. Only the Gates remained unscathed, and eventually, humans found them.
Having been victims of the qhal all too often, men were wary of the Gates' power. So a hundred volunteers set out to seal every portal from the far side of time - a desperate mission from which none could ever return.
Morgaine was the last of them: one woman, alone except for the exiled warrior, Vanye, who served her. One woman armed with a terrifying weapon that contained all that was understood of Gates - a sword called Changeling...« less