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The Complete Ivory: Gate of Ivory, Two-Bit Heroes, Guilt Edged Ivory (Ivory #1-3)

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The three acclaimed novels from the Ivory trilogy - The Gate of Ivory, Two-Bit Heroes, and Guilt-Edged Ivory - chronicle the fantastical adventures of Theodora, an anthropology student whose travels to the planet Ivory unleash her own magical talents, in an omnibus edition.
Paperback, 896 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by DAW
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Jan 01, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I generally have trouble coming up with "favorites," even within narrow genres. If I had to choose though, The Ivory is my favorite (set of) fantasy book(s). Easily. The blending of the Science Fiction and Fantasy elements is elegant. The protagonist, Theodora, comes from a culture similar enough to our own to allow us to access the fantasy world on Ivory as though we are transported there ourselves, but she also comes from a culture somewhat removed from ours, giving her a compelling biography ...more
Apr 29, 2011 Annmarie rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 20, 2010 Birgit rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 05, 2014 Hmr28 marked it as to-read
Is this series ever going to be out in e-book format?
Melinda Lamb
Dec 16, 2014 Melinda Lamb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fantasy
Theodora is a scholar with very few ties, but she has a plan! Get off this crazy planet where it's nothing to see one "gentleman" kill another, and return home to sanity and academia. So, when a wealthy man (Ran Cormallon) approaches her with a job reading tarot cards (of all things), she hesitantly accepts. After all, she's still at least 3 years away from the price of a ticket, and well...he might not kill her after the job's done. And so she is enveloped into the world of the rich, the parano ...more
Victoria Gaile
Dec 30, 2012 Victoria Gaile rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I've had this book on my shelf for years. I generally pass right over it when deciding what to read because I can't remember a thing about it. But every once in a while when I'm looking for a good thick book to reread, I pull it down and remember, oh yes, it's that one. And it rereads pretty well.

It has a science fiction feel to it even though the use of magic, or sorcery, is absolutely central to the book. This is because the viewpoint character, Theodora, is not native to Ivory, the only plane
Sep 01, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Recommended to Michelle by: Jo Walton (
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 got me interested in these:

and I agree with most of what she has to say about them. the dialogue is indeed snappy & clever (delightfully so, and nowhere near obnoxi
Darla Stokes
Mar 10, 2013 Darla Stokes rated it it was amazing
This is an omnibus of the Ivory trilogy of science fiction/fantasy novels.

***** The Gate of Ivory.
This first book introduces Theodora of Pyrene. An Athenian scholar, with no family (as is the norm on Pyrene and Athena), used to science and logic, she's stranded on Ivory, where families are all-important, and magic is real. She's working as a fortune teller to earn enough for transport back to Athena, when she gets a job offer from soceror Ran Cormallon, head of the influential Cormallon family
Dec 12, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing
Doris Egan is an author that I stumbled across, completely by accident, and I'm thrilled that I did.
I was in Dark Delicacies years ago, and was intrigued by the back cover of "The Gate of Ivory". The book was only a few dollars in paperback, so I took a chance.
This is a book that, while an easy read, reads smart, if that makes any sense. The heroine is smart, sarcastic and likeable - I read enough so that I really appreciate these characters when I find them, I grin.
So go find her books - you
Walter Underwood
Aug 24, 2011 Walter Underwood rated it really liked it
Theodora is a great character and the plots are pretty twisted. A fun ride. There are a few character continuity problems, like when Theo practices kata with a staff for months in the first book, then never does it in the other books and even starts as a beginner in hand-to-hand training. But those are only noticeable because the rest of the story flows so well.

I wish there were more of these, but the author is a busy TV writer now.

If you are bothered by the unresolved questions at the end of th
Jan 12, 2009 Corvidae rated it really liked it
I picked up the first of this trilogy at a used bookstore and really enjoyed it. Later I found this omnibus edition with two more books in the series and picked it up. The three books are very different in their feel. One's sort of adventure, one's sort of mystery.... But I really like the characters.

I think she could have done a little bit more with the world she created; the way it was sketched out on the back cover gave me a lot more rich ideas and feelings than the way it was developed. But
Nov 05, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it
This is one of those trilogies I wish I'd read as a teen, although with a 1989 pub date for the first that one would have barely squeaked in. I like the worldbuilding fine but what really stood out were the characters in the first two books especially: Theo, a strong and smart female protagonist, a not bad love- interest, and a complex antagonist. The moral choices in the first book especially were gripping at times. The last book suffered a bit plot-wise but I was cheered by the lack of err, Di ...more
rachelish Slater
Jul 13, 2007 rachelish Slater rated it really liked it
I have just finished the second of the three books in this book - 'Two-Bit Heroes' (#2) was a bit of a slog to get through, frankly, but 'The Gate of Ivory' (#1) was excellent, so I am still keen to continue. The narrator, Theodora, is very sympathetic, and honestly the only reason I didn't give up on #2 was because it is nice to spend time in her company.

Now finished 'Guilt Edged Ivory' (#3), which falls somewhere between #1 & #2. Not as fast-paced as I'd have liked, a tad too much introsp
Nov 20, 2008 Leah rated it it was amazing
I recently reread these books, which I remembered loving years ago. I loved them again, though it's hard to say exactly what is so great about them. There's no single outstanding factor -- it's the combination of intriguing characters, good writing, fascinating world-building, and a plot that never seems to lag. The second book (Two-Bit Heroes) started out a bit slow, but it's well worth getting past that. Highly recommended.
Nette Mischung zwischen Fantasy- und Abenteuerromanen auf einem fremden Planeten, auf dem Zauberei existiert.
3 Romane in einem Band, der erste ist der Beste, da hier auch die Zauberei im Vordergrund steht, später nimmt dies leider stark ab. Aber immer noch gute Abenteuerromane.
Die Welt Ivory ist sehr lebensecht: Armut und akzeptierten Mord, sehr weit verbreitete Drogensucht.
Aug 30, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michelle by: Rachel Anderson
Very different from the usual fantasy books that I read (more of a sci-fi/fantasy combination, really). Really good trilogy. The first book is the best and it really drops from there, but still maintains a high quality for the whole read.
May 09, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites. Have retread until the binding is falling apart and chapters are held in by packing tape. Would love an ebook, but alas, not available!
Jan 23, 2008 Rosemary rated it really liked it
It's so nice that an Omnibus is out of this fun trilogy. I have the original 3 novels and always wished that Egan would have returned to Ivory.
Jul 13, 2014 T rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
I started this and it was all right but it didn't grab me, so I took it back to the library. Might try again another time.
Apr 19, 2013 Nancy marked it as to-read
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Oct 09, 2008 Fatbaldguy60 rated it liked it
The first two books were good. The third was the best of the set.
Jun 13, 2007 Meg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-sff
Lovely comfort books for me, with a wonderfully dorky heroine.
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Doris Egan (1955—) is an American screenwriter, producer, and writer. She has worked on Smallville, Dark Angel, and House as well as many other television programs.

Also publishes as Jane Emerson.
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Other Books in the Series

Ivory (3 books)
  • The Gate of Ivory (Ivory #1)
  • Two-Bit Heroes (Ivory, #2)
  • Guilt-Edged Ivory (Ivory, #3)

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