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review 2020-08-31 06:06
The Goblin Mirror by C.J. Cherryh
The Goblin Mirror - C.J. Cherryh

TITLE:  The Goblin Mirror


AUTHOR:  C.J. Cherryh



" To the princes of Maggiar, over-mountain was a land they knew only from gran's stories; few people in their little kingdom had ever ventured so far from their valley. But now the wizard Karoly announced that he must make the journey there to seek advice from his witch-sister. For things hadn't been right in Maggiar this last season, not right at all... The princes Tamas and Bogdan were to go with Karoly, along with the huntsman Nikolai. Yuri, the youngest prince, chafed at being left behind. So when Tamas' dog chased after his master, Yuri followed. Soon the young prince had traveled far enough into the woods to wonder if he might not catch up with his brothers after all. His brothers had worries of their own. No sooner were they over-mountain, than their party was ambushed and scattered. The kingdoms they had come to find had all been ravaged. The goblins had declared war. Tamas, separated from the rest, fell in with Ela, a witch's apprentice. He found himself caught up in a battle of magic. For Ela held a shard broken off the goblin queen's mirror, a mere fragment that could wield a magic so strong and unpredictable that no other witch dared touch it. With this single sliver of magic, Ela planned to challenge the goblin queen herself... "




Not the best fantasy novel C.J. Cherryh has ever written, but still one of the best novels I've read in a while.  The writing is beautiful and atmospheric.  This novel has a Russian flavour making it a bit more exotic.  The characters (including the non-human ones) all have distinct personalities.  The plot is a bit simplistic but the wonderful writing makes up for it.  Not to mention Azdra'ik, the Goblin.  She could have written a whole novel about this guy.

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review 2019-06-06 18:45
Shon'jir (The Faded Sun #2) - C.J. Cherryh

I love this series! I think this book is a little better than the first one. It shifts focus from the mri Niun to the SurfTac Sten Duncan and his somewhat conversion to mri to ultimate become a peace mediator.

Great read!

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review 2019-03-30 12:34
Faery Moon by C.J. Cherryh
Faery Moon - C.J. Cherryh

TITLE:  Faery Moon


AUTHOR:  C. J. Cherryh




"A curse, a sin, and a dark bargain with the Sidhe had condemned Caith mac Sliabhan to wander the wild woods, outcast from all humankind. Only Dubhain—a pooka, a Sidhe sprite—was his companion. Caith now was bound to do the will of the Sidhe, always fearing that his own taint would somehow make him cause pain and sorrow to others.

But even an outcast like Caith could not resist taking refuge in a forest cabin, where two mysterious golden youths, a boy and girl, dwelled. "Husband and wife, we are," said the boy, but Caith could have sworn they were twins.

The mysterious couple were under a spell themselves—and despite his curse, Caith felt compelled to aid them. Caith soon fell into a dark adventure that led him and the Sidhe into the evil hands of the notorious witch of Dun Glas.




Faery Moon is an expanded and heavily revised edition of "Faery in Shadow", also including the short story "Brothers".  This novel is set in the pre-Christian Schottish Highlands and makes use of Celtic mythology.  The faeries in this novel aren't the light, fluffy and helpful fairies of Tolkien or any children's tale.  I found the main characters to be well-written, three dimensional beings with their fair share of flaws.  The relationship between the stubborn, hot-tempered Caith and the wicked and feckless, but loyal Pooka is at times amusing.  This novel is rather dark, but it is delightfully written with vivid landscaping.  Besides, who doesn't like Pooka tales?

Faery in Shadow is a beautifully written novel, despite the issues Cherryh had with editors and publishing it.  However, Faery Moon is even better and with more Caith and Dubhain.

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review 2018-09-28 17:36
SF Taxonomy: "The Complete Morgaine" by C J. Cherryh
The Complete Morgaine - C.J. Cherryh

I agree, for example, that we'd probably align in terms of what was 'fantasy' and what was 'science fiction' based on the rather limited selection of books you find on the shelves at my local Bertrand Bookstore in Lisbon (or Waterstones if you like in the UK; take your pick). Where my vision might differ from common opinion regarding SF, I think, is on how hard and fast the difference is in the wider genres. To take as one example C. J. Cherryh's 'Morgaine Saga'. It uses all of the tropes of 'fantasy' - a warrior protagonist with a 'magic' sword, pseudo 'medieval' societies to who she is a demon/goddess.
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


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review 2018-07-28 04:26
Dewey's Deliverer
Deliverer - C.J. Cherryh

If you stick with the Foreigner series by CJ Cherryh for more than a few pages, you know that numbers are very, very important to the Atevi.  And they have a strong preference for odd numbers, so tonight I can declare that I have finished the fortunate 9th book, the end of the 3rd trilogy in the saga of Bren Cameron.   


Finishing my current book seemed like fortunate way to celebrate Dewey's Readathon! 


I've also finished another chapter in The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions - Thomas McNamee  (the one about the feral cats of Rome).


In addition to mine - I've seen Readathon Posts by:


Book Stripping Blog

Debbie's Spurts

Bookish Blerd


Booklikes addresses are also listed in the participant database 


Tea, Rain, Book

Kat's Books


Though they are so far either hiding in their books, or participating via another social media outlet.


Well it's been a long, long week and tomorrow is a dizzy bay, so after cheering on the other Readathon participants, I'm heading off to bed.  


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