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Angel with the Sword

(1985)
(A book in the Merovingen Nights series)
A novel by

 
School Library Journal
YA In Merovingen, a watery canal-laced city, much like Earth's Venice, society is segregated along class lines between the lower and upper cities. Against her better judgment, Altair Jones, 17, rescues an unconscious man from a canal near her poleboat. She is fascinated by Mondragon's good looks and elegant ways and begins to fall in love with him. Even though she knows there is no future for a water rat like herself with such a man, she decides to watch over him and rescue him from his enemies; enemies who turn out to be the most powerful people in the upper city. Cherryh is well known for her skill at creating complex and believable societies and worlds, as is shown by this book's 40-page appendix of maps and essays that cover everything from Merovingen's history to its monetary system. This meticulous background work shows up in the reality of her descriptions of the city, through which readers can almost feel the rotting dampness of the canals. The plot has some gapsit is never completely clear why Mondragon was being pursuedbut the exciting boat chases and fights with various malefactors keep the story moving along at a fast pace. Altair is a girl-woman, half worldly-wise, half naive, but full of bravery and honesty, who should appeal to teenage SF fans. Betsy Shorb, PGCMLS, Md.

Genre: Fantasy    


Hardback Editions

September 1985 : USA Hardback
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Title: Angel with the Sword (Alliance-Union Universe)
Author(s): C J Cherryh
ISBN: 0-8099-0001-7 / 978-0-8099-0001-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: DAW Hardcover
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1985 : USA Hardback

Title: Angel With the Sword 1ST Edition Signed
Author(s): C J Cherryh
ISBN: 1-127-50982-9 / 978-1-127-50982-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: DAW BOOKS
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Paperback Editions

April 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Angel with the Sword (Merovingen Nights, Book 1)
Author(s): C J Cherryh
ISBN: 0-88677-143-9 / 978-0-88677-143-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: DAW
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May 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: Angel with the Sword
Author(s): C J Cherryh
ISBN: 0-575-04009-2 / 978-0-575-04009-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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April 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Angel with the Sword (Alliance-Union Universe)
Author(s): C J Cherryh
ISBN: 0-88677-345-8 / 978-0-88677-345-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: DAW
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


1986 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Angel with the Sword Series Merovingen Nights.
Author(s): C J Cherryh
ISBN: 0-88667-143-4 / 978-0-88667-143-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: DAW
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