C.J. Cherryh Books In Order

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Publication Order of The Morgaine Cycle Books

Gate of Ivrel (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Well of Shiuan (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fires of Azeroth (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Exile's Gate (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hanan Rebellion Books

Brothers of Earth (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hunter of Worlds (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Faded Sun Books

Kesrith (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shon'jir (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kutath (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Alliance-Union Books

Serpent's Reach (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forty Thousand in Gehenna (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hinder Stars Books

Alliance Rising (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chanur Books

The Pride of Chanur (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chanur's Venture (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kif Strike Back (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chanur's Homecoming (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chanur's Legacy (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Alliance-Union: Company Wars Books

Downbelow Station (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Merchanter's Luck (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rimrunners (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heavy Time (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hellburner (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tripoint (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finity's End (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Alliance-Union: Company Wars Books

Heavy Time(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hellburner(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Downbelow Station(1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Merchanter's Luck(1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rimrunners(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tripoint(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finity's End(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Age of Exploration Books

Port Eternity (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Voyager in Night (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cuckoo's Egg (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Arafel Books

The Dreaming Tree (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tree of Swords and Jewels (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Heroes In Hell Books

Rebels In Hell (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gates of Hell (With: Janet E. Morris) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masters in Hell (With: David Drake) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kings in Hell (With: Janet E. Morris) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Legions of Hell (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Merovingen Nights Books

Angel with the Sword (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Festival Moon (By:Pat Tobin) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fever Season (By:Pat Tobin) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Troubled Waters (By:Chris Morris) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smuggler's Gold (By:Chris Morris) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Divine Right (By:Bradley H. Sinor) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flood Tide (By:Bradley H. Sinor) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Endgame (By:Pat Tobin) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Alliance-Union: Cyteen Books

The Betrayal (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rebirth (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vindication (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Regenesis (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Rusalka Books

Rusalka (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chernevog (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Yvgenie (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Sword of Knowledge Books

A Dirge for Sabis (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wizard Spawn (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reap the Whirlwind (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Foreigner Books

Foreigner (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Invader (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inheritor (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Precursor (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Defender (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Explorer (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Destroyer (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pretender (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deliverer (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conspirator (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deceiver (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Betrayer (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Intruder (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Protector (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peacemaker (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tracker (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Visitor (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Convergence (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Emergence (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resurgence (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Divergence (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Finisterre Books

Rider at the Gate (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cloud's Rider (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Fortress Books

Fortress in the Eye of Time (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fortress of Eagles (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fortress of Owls (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fortress of Dragons (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fortress of Ice (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Gene Wars Books

Hammerfall (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forge of Heaven (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Hestia (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wave Without a Shore (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glass and Amber (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Paladin (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Goblin Mirror (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Faery in Shadow (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lois & Clark (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Sunfall (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Visible Light (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Heroes In Hell Books

with David Drake
Explorers in Hell (By:David Drake) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Alien Stars Books

Alien Stars (With: Timothy Zahn,Joe Haldeman) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After the Flames (By:Robert Silverberg) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Heroes in Hell Books

Heroes in Hell (With: Gregory Benford,Janet E. Morris,,Chris Morris) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gates of Hell (With: Janet E. Morris) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kings in Hell (With: Janet E. Morris) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crusaders in Hell (With: Gregory Benford,David Drake,Janet E. Morris,,Chris Morris) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angels in Hell (By:Janet E. Morris) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Helliad (By:Janet E. Morris,Chris Morris) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
War in Hell (By:Janet E. Morris) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prophets in Hell (With: ,Robert Sheckley,David Drake,Janet E. Morris,,Chris Morris) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lawyers in Hell (By:Janet E. Morris,Chris Morris,,Jason Cordova) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poets in Hell (By:Janet E. Morris,,Chris Morris) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Blood Of Ten Chiefs Books

The Blood of Ten Chiefs (With: Nancy Springer,Diana L. Paxson,Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin,Diane Carey) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wolfsong (By:Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Winds of Change (By:Mercedes Lackey,Nancy Springer,Janny Wurts,Diana L. Paxson,,Lynn Abbey) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Against the Wind (By:Mercedes Lackey,Nancy Springer,Diana L. Paxson,,Lynn Abbey,Len Wein) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Hours (By:Mercedes Lackey,Esther M. Friesner,Nancy Springer,Diana L. Paxson,Lynn Abbey) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Alien Stars(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moonsinger's Friends: An Anthology in Honor of Andre Norton(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once Upon a Time(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Carolyn Janice Cherryh, (the ‘’h’’ is silent hence the name is pronounced as ‘Cherry’), was born on 1st September 1942 in Louis, Missouri and grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma.

C. J. Cherryh got inspired to write in 1952 at the age of 10 after the cancellation of her favorite childhood show, Flash Gordon. At the age of 23, she acquired a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Latin the University Of Oklahoma with academic specializations in archeology, mythology and history of Engineering. A year later in 1965, she received yet another Bachelor Degree in Classic from John Hopkins University from where she was a registered Woodrow Wilson fellow.

She was employed as a teacher of Latin, ancient Greek, the Classics and ancient history at the John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City Public school system. Though C. J Cherryh taught a wide array of subjects at school, her passion was history, religion, culture of Rome and Ancient Greek. It is this passion drove her to conduct student tours in ancient ruins in England, Spain, Italy and France during summer breaks. It is with the experiences and knowledge acquired during this student tours with a soft blend of her passion that she knew about Greece and Roman mythology which played a significant role in the construction of the plots for the stories she was to write later on.

In her free times, C. J. Cherryh wrote and instantly submitted novels for publication. She did not abide by the very predictable professional trail of science fiction writers at that particular time. Science fiction writers were then famous for writing short stories which were featured in fantasy magazines and science fiction publications, from which they proceeded to novel writing after establishing a foundation for their science fiction and fantasy writing careers. C. J. Cherryh did not confirm to these unwritten rules. In fact, it is not until she had a number of her novels published then and only then did she consider writing short stories.

In her early writing endeavors, C. J. Cherryh was met with absolutely no luck. Most the publishers for whom she submitted her articles either lost them or thought they were not good enough to be published. She, therefore, had to retype the manuscripts on carbon paper copies on a carbon paper type-writer since this option was economical compared to the cost of photocopying.

C. J. Cherryh was met with little luck until in 1975, when Donald A. Wollhein bought the two manuscripts that she had submitted to DAW Books: ‘Gate of Ivrel’ and ‘Brothers of Earth’. In her interview with Amazing Stories, C. J. Cherryh recalled that it was begging of a new dawn since a book she wrote had actually gotten a break through. C. J. Cherryh elaborated how she contacted Donald A. Wollhein about the book and how he had exhibited interest in her work. Prompting him to purchase them. She was finally having a break through!

C. J. Cherryh explained that the characters in the books were an invention of hers when she was thirteen years old. C. J. Cherryh celebrated it because the books were an elaboration of her untold stories and they were finally being jotted down in print. The books were published in 1976. A year later, C. J. Cherry was recognized for her work and this led to an unforeseen recognition by the John Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

C. J. Cherryh developed a strong sense of connection to the Wollhein household which led her to frequently travel to New York City to spend time with the Wollhein family in their Queens, New York home. It is this fondness to the Wollheins and C.J. Cherryh that ensured they published a good chunk her work, though publishers like Baen Books, HerperCollins, Warner Books and Random House (Del Rey Books) also published her work including the six books written by her in the late 1970s.

C. J. Cherryh’s book, “Cassandra”, won her a Best Short Story Hugo Award in 1979. Later in 1982 and 1989 C. J. Cherryh once again scooped a Hugo’s Best Novel award.




“Gate of Ivrel” has seven characters namely: Vanye, an exiled warrior. He was disowned by his clan and forced to retreat to Morgaine’s vale, a place where only the desperate would go to. Morgaine, who is woman with the mission to shut down the gate of Ivrel so that other species may not launch their wrath on human beings.

Next up is Nhi Erji, who is Vanye’s half-brother, Chyla who is a respected counselor of Leth and Leth is a plutant. And Chya Roh who is Vanye’s cousin and last but not least the master of the Gate of Ivrel whose name is Thiye Thiye’s son.


The very conservative and change-resistant land of Andur-Kursh is divided into numerous facets with numerous power-thirsty clans. The loyalty of nobility of a warrior is issued to clan and Vanye gets to be one of them.

Vanye kills his brother and maims another brother with a sword. He is then brought before his father, before whom he refuses to honorable kill himself therefore he is made an outcast and exiled from the ways of Andur-Kursh.

After being cat out of the clan, Vanye assigns himself purpose by assisting Morgaine to shut down the gate of Ivrel. In a jaw-dropping turn of events and riveting drama, C. J. Cherryh displays unimaginative levels of creativity. As you read this book, you are not only grabbed by its consistent flow and unpredictable character behaviors.


I feel that C. J. Cherryh outdid herself considering that this was her first book. I would recommend this book to both beginners and advanced readers of both non-fiction and fiction novels. This story is breath-taking and even as you read it, you are tempted to live the fantasy in your own reality.

I give this book a review of 9 stars out of ten stars.



Kurt Morgan, the main character and protagonist in this book. He is a crew’s person for Alliance Ship Endymion.


The Alliance Ship Endymion crushes in space after a battle with the Hanan forces. Morgan evacuates the ship in order to save his life and lands on an alien planet of the Nemet race. A portion of the Nemet race saves him then he is caught up in the whirl-wind of the economic and political struggles of Nemet.

He later learns that he is not the only being of the human race that were in the Nemet alien race. However, his interaction with a female outcast threatens the life of the Nemet race as the female outcast threatens to unveil weapon of mass destruction.


A good read for beginner readers not forgetting that the easy flow of the plot ensures that both junior and senior readers enjoy this read.

I rate this book a seven star out of ten stars.


An audio drama of ’The Foreigner’’ series was set for production in 2013. It was adopted by Audio Cinema Entertainment audio dramatist Stable Jak who closely woked on this project with C. J. Cherryh.

The budget estimate for audio drama was set at $250,000 and was set to be done in a spun of six hours. The roles of three prominent characters were already dished out to Bren Cameron who was set play Wednesday Wolf, Green Hammend who is an award winner for the Helen Hayes award took the character Jago and Lisidi was played by Jane Cater.

The rest of the roles were not yet given to any thespians. The Foreigner series was derived from the book by C. J. Cherry, The Foreigner Universe which is a fictional universe with a story that that aims the spotlight at the descendants of a ship that was lost during transit from Earth en route to a brand new space station.

The story revolves around Bren Cameron who is a human paidhi, a translator and diplomat to the ruling court.

C. J. Cherryh has had immense contribution to Heroes in Hell, Witch World, Elf quest, Magic World, Thieves World and the Merovingen Night series in which she listed which she edited. C. J. Cherry work has been translated to Russian, Swedish, Slovak, Spanish, French, Romanian, German, Hebrew, Italian, Hungarian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Portuguese and French.


C. J. Cherry is happily married to Jane Fancher, a science fiction and fantasy author. They live together in their Spokane home in Washington DC. She constantly refers to her wife, Jane Fancher as her ‘good friend’ with whom she participates with in a lot of activities which are all her hobbies.

C. J. Cherry enjoys ice skating, art, aquariums, weaving, dinosaurs, travelling, marine baseball, photography, making sketches once in a while hates house work. She also plans to participate with her wife, Jane, in the adult USFSA track. C. J. Cherryh also has a brother, David Cherry.

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5 Responses to “C.J. Cherryh”

  1. Becky McCain: 2 months ago

    You deserve every accolade you received. My favorites are the Foreigner and Change series. I am an older retired and disabled military adult and I sincerely ask you to not only continue those series but to also ensure that audio books are made available for those of us that need that type of media in order to fully enjoy your work. Also, there are many of us who were socially isolated due to health issues long before the Covid-19 outbreak and it’s books both written and particularly audio books that provide any enjoyment or escape from chronic pain or loneliness. God bless you for caring about your readership.

  2. Walter Stewart: 3 months ago

    Please ignore Dal Allen regarding his/her comment about your fabulous “Foreigner” series having peaked!!! I own them all in 1st Edition Hardbound and cannot wait for the 22nd one to get here!!! When do you think it will be out? Incidentally, I just noticed you were born in St. Louis, Missouri. I lived in St. Louis from Christmas break of my 6th grade year until 1972 when I was transferred business-wise to Omaha, Nebraska. My wife, Sharon, and I were married in St. Louis and had our first house and first baby there. Love your work…PLEASE KEEP IT GOING!!! I BUY EVERYTHING YOU PUBLISH!!!

  3. Dal Allen: 6 months ago

    Love you C.J. ! Gate of Ivrel blew my mind &
    been a admirer ever since.Loved the Foreigner series but think it’s time to move on, after rebuilding the station & traveling to meet other races it seems to have peaked( like to see you revisit Chanur world.How do you “enjoy dinosaurs”?

  4. RuthDJ: 2 years ago

    Spokane is in Washington, the state, not Washington DC.

    • Debi Worthen: 5 months ago

      When is the next Foreigner book coming out. Loved all your books but the Foreigner series is my favorite.


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