Gate of Ivrel (Morgaine Saga, Book 1)

By C. J. Cherryh

Publish yr note: First released 1976

Scattered concerning the galaxy have been the time-space Gates of a vanished yet now not forgotten alien race. of their time, lengthy earlier than the increase of the local civilizations, that they had terrorized 100 worlds -- now not from villainy yet from folly, from tampering with the strands that held a universe together.

Now the duty used to be to uproot those Gates, damage their efficiency for mischief, take horror out of the fingers of the few who hungered for energy through misuse of the Gates.

This is the tale of 1 such Gate and one such international.

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Its white cone shone within the moonlight like a imaginative and prescient. "Lady. " Vanye leaned from his saddle eventually, stuck the reins of the grey. "Liyo, forbear. Irien isn't any position to journey at evening. allow us to cease. " She yielded then. It stunned him. She selected a spot and dismounted, and took her equipment from Siptah. Then she sank down and wrapped herself in her cloak, taking care of not anything else. Vanye moved quickly approximately attempting to make a snug camp for her. this stuff he was once fearful to do: her dejection weighed upon his personal soul, and he couldn't be ok with her. It was once of no avail. She warmed herself on the hearth, and stared into the embers, with no urge for food for the meal he cooked for her, yet she picked at it dutifully, and complete it. He regarded up on the mountain that hung over them, and felt its risk himself. This was once cursed flooring. there has been no sane guy of Andur-Kursh may camp the place that they had camped, so as regards to Irien and to Ivrel. "Vanye," she acknowledged by surprise, "do you worry this position? " "I don't love it," he responded. "—Yes, I worry it. " "I laid on you at Claiming to break Hjemur if i can't. have you ever any wisdom the place Hjemur's carry lies? " He lifted a hand, vaguely towards the notch at Ivrel's base. "There, via that cross. " "There is a highway there, that will lead you there. there is not any different, at the least there has been now not. " ninety seven Gate of Ivrel "Do you plan," he requested, "that I shall need to do that factor? " "No," she stated. "But which may good be. " Thereafter she accumulated up her cloak and settled herself for the 1st watch, and Vanye sought his personal leisure. It appeared just a second until eventually she leaned over him, touching his shoulder, quietly bidding him take his flip: he have been drained, and had slept soundly. the celebrities had became approximately of their nightly path. "There were small prowlers," she acknowledged, "some of disagreeable element, yet no genuine damage. i've got permit the hearth die, of objective. " He indicated his figuring out, and observed with reduction that she sought her furs back like person who was once completely happy to sleep. He positioned himself via the death hearth, knees drawn up and hands propped on his sheathed sword, dreaming into the embers and hearing the peaceable sounds of the horses, whose feel made them greater sentinels than males. and finally, lulled through the regular snap of the cooling embers, the whisper of wind during the timber at their part, and the sluggish relocating of the horses, he started to fight opposed to his personal urge to sleep. She screamed. He got here up with sword in hand, observed Morgaine suffering as much as her facet, and his first idea used to be that she have been bitten via whatever. He bent by way of her, seized her up and held her by way of the fingers and held her, she trembling. yet she thrust him again, and walked clear of him, palms folded as opposed to a relax wind; so she stood for a time. "Liyo? " he puzzled her. "Go again to sleep," she acknowledged. "It was once a dream, an previous one. " "Liyo—" ninety eight Gate of Ivrel "Thee has a spot, ilin. visit it. " He knew larger than to be wounded by way of the tone: it got here from a few deep damage of her personal; however it stung, the entire comparable.

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