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Moongather (Duel of Sorcery #1)

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Serroi had been an outcast. She was a misborn of the windrunners, of small stature with pale olive skin and certain strangely heightened sensitivies. But now she was a meie - a woman warrior trained by an exclusive order. She had been with her shieldmate at the Plaz when she overheard the assassination plot against the Domnor. A murder was to take place at Moongather - tha ...more
Paperback, 1st ed., 240 pages
Published May 1st 1982 by DAW Books
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Described as "she's a bisexual swordswoman with a magical nature, her lover's an asskicking fatty out to reclaim his throne. They fight misogynists! (No really.)" Intriguing!
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 Althea Ann rated it it was ok
The first in the "Duel of Sorcery" series, but works as a stand-alone.
Jo Clayton pretty much pioneered the woman-centered "Sword-and-Sorceress" subgenre of fantasy, and although not much like this is getting published today, I think her writing holds up quite well.
It's not deep or metaphorical - it's pure fantasy-action-adventure, but her characters and settings are interesting and individual.
"Moongather" tells the story of Serroi, alternating between chapters that show her as a young girl and a
Nov 03, 2014 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
A little vague on the details. It's as if the author deliberately obfuscated the world building. And the ending just seemed ... off, tonally, thematically and logically.

But it was frequently well written, psychologically interesting and a promising start to a trilogy.
Jul 09, 2010 Roxann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book one of three. The female main character, Serroi, is a very strong lead character -so if you like that this is a good book for you. This has lots of magic in it. Serroi has green skin and almost like a third eye in the middle of her forehead. The book goes back and forth from when she was a child given away to a Nor and then when she is 27 years old. Author did a good job writing. The book is a fast read.
Erik Graff
Jan 19, 2011 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Clayton fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
This fantasy novel left no impression on me. I suspect, since it's so unlike my usual reading, that some friend recommended it because of its having strong female characters.
Sep 10, 2012 Therese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this book when I was younger, one of my favorites.
Jul 07, 2012 Miriam marked it as to-read
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I think I may have read or tried to read this when I was a kid...
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Jo Clayton, whose parents named her after Jo in Little Women, was born and raised in Modesto, California. She and her three sisters shared a room and took turns telling each other bedtime stories. One of her sisters noted that Jo's stories were the best, and often contained science fiction and fantasy elements.

Clayton graduated from the University of California in 1963, Summa Cum Laude, and starte
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