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

by Doris Egan

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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
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Rating:****
Tags:Compendium, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Strong Female Lead

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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:

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/06/i-refuse-to-die-wearing-provincial-trousers-dor...

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 |
Being a mixture of fantasy and science fiction, Doris Egan's book is mostly a great piece of story-telling. Her characters, their interaction and adventures, bring the book to life and literally suck you into the world which the author created.
Just like all the characters in the book are three dimensional and never bland, the world itself is a wonderful example of the interplay between different cultures - Ivorian and "barbarian" - and it's engrossing to see how the characters develop with each and every challenge they must face - from involuntarily living and fighting with outlaws, straight to the question whether the main protagonists will even be able to have children together .
And let's not forget the main character Theodora, with all her flaws and her often amusing struggles in this alien world - one of the most likeable characters I ever encountered in a book!
In short: This is one of my all-time favorite books and I reread every so often, because I never grow tired of it! ( )
  BLehner | Aug 3, 2010 |
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 |
What a weird book. Theodora, the main character, becomes like an old friend, and creeps into your consciousness. The romance in the book is very understated - no sweeping declarations, no fiery burn, but by the same token you understand affection by what is not said. The book happens to some extent, in the spaces between the words. ( )
  flemmily | Dec 1, 2009 |
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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...

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