'The Chronicles of Morgaine' is in fact a trilogy by C J Cherryh, brought together in one volume for terminal addicts: Cherryh creates an incredibly intricate, detailed and complex series of worlds and civilisations, and contrives at the same time to evoke highly realistics reactions to these civilisations from her two main characters, the enigmatic Morgaine and her honour-bound guard, Vanye.
The very human Vanye finds himself trapped in Morgaine's quest on his home world while exiled form his own clan, and reacts as anyone might to the world of nightmares and fairytales suddenly becoming real: his anguish and internal debate as he follows her as he is bound to by his oath are entirely believable and elicit understanding.
As he follows Morgaine on her ancient and legendary quest, he learns more about the foundations of his own beliefs and culture than he had imagined existed, and slowly the beliefs he held since his childhood are eroded, to his great dismay. It is only in the later stages of the book that he begins to find a new set of values and beliefs, ones perhaps more valuable than the ones that he had lost.
Set against a background of desperation and constant action, with Vanye's very understandable quandaries set against Morgaine's complete self control, this book is one that will keep the reader glued, wide-eyed, to the book until the very last page, and then you will wonder how to get hold of more. One of the few books that is just as good on the twentieth reading as the first.