Morgaine, the closer of world Gates, and her henchman Vanye, came to the land called Azeroth from drowned Shiuan. There was a star Gate in Azeroth marked by alien fires and this, too, Morgaine must seal.
But they brought to that peaceful land devastation and terror. For the hordes of Shiuan were hot on their heels, determined to conquer new lands for themselves and to avenge their lost planet upon the legendary White Queen, who was Morgaine.
In Azeroth, though, there was a new factor besides mankind. On that third planet the pre-human qhal still reigned. And the qhal were beyond and above human science.
C. J. Cherryh (born 1942) is the pen name of Carolyn Janice Cherry, a multiple-award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer. She currently resides in Spokane County, Washington.
Cherryh is pronounced ”Cherry”. The author appended a silent ”h” to her real name because her first editor felt that ”Cherry” sounded too much like a romance writer.
The asteroid 77185 Cherryh has been named in her honour.