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The Omnibus Volumes of C.J. Cherryh, Part IV: The Complete Morgaine

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

The Complete Morgaine CJ Cherryh-smallLast year, in my series on The Omnibus Volumes of C.J. Cherryh, I mentioned The Morgaine Saga, a collection of the first three novels in her classic sword-and-sorcery series. That’s a fine book, but there are two problems with it. One, it doesn’t include the final novel, Exile’s Gate, and two, it’s been out of print for over a frickin’ decade.

Ah well… I guess when you’re a vintage paperback collector, you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. The Morgaine Saga was a terrific book, and collectors were glad to get it (when we could find it). Gate of Ivrel, Cherryh’s first novel, and the first book in the series, was a breakout book for her. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer the year after it appeared, and it helped launch her entire career (for the intimate details of her start in the business, watch CJ’s talk at 2016 the Nebula Awards last month.)

In honor of CJ’s Grand Master at the Nebula’s, DAW gave out samples of her work to all the attendees. And I was surprised and delighted to find a copy of The Complete Morgaine among the giveaways. Published in trade paperback last year, it contains all four books for the first time in a single volume:

Gate of Ivrel (1976)
Well of Shiuan (1978)
Fires of Azeroth (1979)
Exile’s Gate (1988)

I guess it’s true what they say… good things come to he who waits. The Complete Morgaine was published in September 2015 by DAW Books. It is 816 pages, priced at $20, with a cover by Michael Whelan. It also contains an introduction by Andre Norton. We previously surveyed The Omnibus Volumes of C.J. Cherryh (and there’s more than you think): Part I, Part II, and Part III.


  1. I really need to re-read me some C.J…

    Loved Morgaine back in the day, though I don’t think I even knew about the fourth(!)

    Downbelow Station was dang good Sci-Fi, worthy of the awards it won, and the Chanur books were a ton of fun as well.

    I never read Cyteen…maybe I’ll start there. Seems fitting as “real world” scientists are poised to deliver the first synthetic human genome 😉

    Thanks as always John :-)

    Comment by AWAbooks - June 3, 2016 11:51 am

  2. I reread Morgaine back in 2013 (a few years before the new omnibus and before the eBook edition of same). So very, very good; hard to believe Gate of Ivrel was her first novel.

    Comment by Joe H. - June 3, 2016 12:13 pm

  3. My first attempt at reading C.J. Cherryh was Forty Thousand in Gehenna, probably when I was too young to keep up with it. I bounced, and haven’t come back around to Cherryh since, just because my TBR pile is so very massive. Thank you all for pointing me to where I should have started instead.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - June 3, 2016 2:22 pm

  4. Yeah, 40,000 in Gehenna is one of my favorites, but it’s really not a good starting point …

    Comment by Joe H. - June 3, 2016 2:43 pm

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