Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Complete Ivory : Includes Gate of Ivory;…

The Complete Ivory : Includes Gate of Ivory; Two-Bit Heroes, & Guilt Edged… (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Doris Egan

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
212955,047 (4.19)13
Title:The Complete Ivory : Includes Gate of Ivory; Two-Bit Heroes, & Guilt Edged Ivory
Authors:Doris Egan
Info:DAW (2001), Mass Market Paperback, 896 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Favorites
Tags:Compendium, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Strong Female Lead

Work details

The Complete Ivory by Doris Egan (2001)


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 13 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 9 (next | show all)
Awkward to hold and read properly. My favourite story is the first one (Gate of Ivory); [Spoiler] the final story ends unsatisfactorily, with Ran and Theodora apparently having to adopt a child. The genetics part was really lame and implausible. The premise behind the trilogy was overall really good and mostly I liked Egan's writing. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 19, 2017 |
Nette Mischung zwischen Fantasy- und Abenteuerromanen auf einem fremden Planeten, auf dem Zauberei existiert.
3 Romane in einem Band, der erste ist der Beste, da hier auch die Zauberei im Vordergrund steht, später nimmt dies leider stark ab. Aber immer noch gute Abenteuerromane.
Die Welt Ivory ist sehr lebensecht: Armut und akzeptierten Mord, sehr weit verbreitete Drogensucht. ( )
  volumed42 | May 12, 2015 |
somewhere between 3 and 4 stars: each of these books are fun and very well-written, but with overly-leisurely pacing. they're probably better if you don't sit down and chew through all 3 of them in a go, give them a little time to breathe in between stories.

a review by Jo Walton on tor.com got me interested in these:


and I agree with most of what she has to say about them. the dialogue is indeed snappy & clever (delightfully so, and nowhere near obnoxious or too smart for its own good), the characterization and voice are really well done. but Jo calls these "guilty pleasures" several times, and I'd disagree with that a lot. I associate that phrase with being over the top, silly, or a little trashy, and the ivory books are none of that. these books read a lot like old b&w movies with Kate Hepburn: the romance is real but genteel (sex is implied rather than described), and there's a lot of situational hijinx to be had. ( )
  fireweaver | Mar 31, 2013 |
This was a reread for me, after finally remembering enough plot details to sleuth it out in the library's Novelist database. It's a blend of futuristic planetary sci fi, fantasy, and mystery, with romantic elements. It's about a young folklorist student who gets stranded on another planet, Ivory, while on vacation from university. She does tarot card readings in the bustling marketplace to make ends meet & gets hired by a young man who is Ivory's version of a minor lord. He is a magician who needs someone to run his tarot cards for him as part of his magic jobs, preferably someone without family or friends because it's a hazardous job - someone appears to be trying to block him from the cards' use by killing his readers. I enjoyed the charcters, mystery/romantic/travel journey plot, and the vivid depiction of the planet and its ruthless, but vivid and thriving culture. This omnibus has a sequel which was pretty good, another mystery with the same characters as their relationship progresses, and a third, weaker follow up story which leaves relationship plot elements hanging. ( )
  amanderson | Jun 13, 2011 |
Wonderful. I read the first book years ago and finally found it again recently along with the sequels. All books show a wonderful mastery of demonstrating how to write about a society of POC without sacrificing storytelling.

"Gate of Ivory"
Our protagonist, Theodora, is a folklore scholar stranded on the planet of Ivory without the money or ID to go home. She is hired by the rich sorceror Ran to read his tarot cards--a rather dangerous position as his last reader was killed. She herself is attacked, but in the aftermath grows closer to Ran. When he is framed for corruption and dishonored by a treacherous family member, she saves them both. But while he professes to love her, she isn't sure she wants to stay on such a dangerous planet.

"Two-Bit Heroes"
Theodora finds herself back on Ivory and having cold feet about her upcoming marriage to Ran. Of course, she does have other things on her mind, such as the local magistrate mistaking Ran for a notorious bandit leader or being kidnapped by said bandit and his gang. Possibly it wasn't the best idea to tell them the stories of Robin Hood.

"Guilt Edged Ivory"
So, Theodora and Ran are married now, but that doesn't mean it's happily ever after. Ran's brother-in-law is being pressured to marry again, and everyone wants to know why Theodora isn't popping out the babies. Plus, Ran's under suspicion of murder, and Theodora keeps having horrible premonitions about her pregnancy. Is there any way this can end well? ( )
  ninjapenguin | Mar 31, 2010 |
Showing 1-5 of 9 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Doris Eganprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hescox, RichardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
I was laying down cards in the marketplace when I got the latest job offer.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0756400414, Mass Market Paperback)

Here in one omnibus edition is the complete Ivory saga -- the adventures and loves of a scholarly woman who travels to the only planet in the galaxy where magic actually works...

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:26 -0400)

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
6 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (4.19)
0.5 1
2 2
3 3
3.5 4
4 17
4.5 5
5 20

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,112,032 books! | Top bar: Always visible