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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the cash for part one only, 2 Mar 2002
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This review is from: The Complete Ivory (Daw Book Collectors) (Mass Market Paperback)
I first read part one, The gate of Ivory, many years ago and fell in love with it. I am delighted to see the other two books finally published together with the first in this way, as they are untraceable any other way. I adore the world of Ivory, the characters are funny, flippant, clever and sometimes emotionally complex. It makes for a fascinating read. I think the humour with which Theo deals with the situations she's thrown into is what makes these books so hard to put down. I still feel that part one is the far superior novel, part 2 is good and part 3 I struggled with a little, it seemed to lack the pace of the other 2. That said, this is still one of my all time fave reads and will probably remain so. If you like anti-heroes with wit, you'll love this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars colourful heroine survives the not-so-white world of Ivory, 10 Oct 2001
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This review is from: The Complete Ivory (Daw Book Collectors) (Mass Market Paperback)
While this collection of three books is arguably a little short on consistent social theory - our heroine, an offworlder, manages to flount convention pretty much most of the time - the background to the world of Ivory and its great Houses is sketched in with a casual deftness that skips your mind straight over such defects. The pleasure of this text comes from following the thoughts and deeds of Theodora, our feisty heroine, a stranded scholar who, despite an allergy to cats and a tendency to grumpiness in the morning, demonstrates a cheerful stoicism that ventures at times into a dangerous enthusiasm for adventure, as in Book Two where she becomes a little too enamoured of a group of brigands. There are some delightful comic moments to enliven the depictions of jailbreaks, cattlerustling and other activities which seem oddly suited to our scholar and collector of tales. Overall, a book without the punch of the spicy wine of Bujold or as enlivening as the rich mead of Le Guin, but a pretty passable vintage neverthless.
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The Complete Ivory (Daw Book Collectors) by Doris Egan (Mass Market Paperback - 19 Nov 2001)
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