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My all-time favourite series
on 16 February 2002
The Chronicles of Morgaine, as originally published in the UK, is the best series I have ever read. Period. Cherryh's writing is captivating, and the writing style is unique in that we are never allowed "into the head" of one of the main characters. This adds incredible power to the writing, and constantly serves to keep the reader totally in tune with the other's viewpoint.
The story itself spans worlds. Literally. Many fantasy/sci-fi authors seem scared to break the mold of their original stories, and this ends up crushing them. In a series of four books, Cherryh takes her characters through four unique yet interwoven worlds. The challenges that her characters face on each of these worlds is never the standard fantasy fare of "boy/girl comes from nowhere and saves the world", but deals with friendship, hardship, family, politics, alliance, enmity, trust and betrayal.
The craft, imagination and skill behind this series is second to none. The only thing that disappoints me about this series is that not enough people have experienced it and that it's not outsold Lord of the Rings - so far...