Yvgenie by C.J. Cherryh
1991, Del Rey
Full Review: Yvgenie manages to bring Cherryh’s The Russian Stories full circle to a kind of resolution – at least as much of a resolution as is possible with such a tangled skein of wishes and loyalties and loves. The setting is the same, and again the characters are stumbling about amid the forest and flying wishes, against unknown antagonists, but the author manages to bring in some additional characters with enough of a twist to make the story compelling one final time.
Chernovog by C.J. Cherryh
1990, Del Rey Books
Review Summary: Chernovog is effective in a way that Rusalka never quite achieved, more than likely because it is limiting the scope of the story being told. The storyline, the characters, and the themes being explored are all more focused and the result is a tighter, and easier to follow read.
Fortress of Ice by C.J. Cherryh
Review Summary: I am very disappointed in Cherryh’s latest entry to the Fortress series. It is as though she has either forgotten or is trying to re-write what occurred in the first four books of the series, not just on minor details but on some telling and very important points. In addition, it appears that she has lost her feel for the characters – no matter that 16 years of world-time have passed, she seems to have trouble recapturing the characters she so wonderfully depicted in the first four novels.
The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh
Review Summary: Fortunately (unfortunately?) C.J. Cherryh is a much better novelist than a short story writer. Almost every one of the selections does have an element of interest in it, an idea or phrasing or theme that makes it worth consideration, but for the most part I was disappointed with the execution.
Rusalka by C.J. Cherryh
1989, Del Rey
Review Summary: Rusalka is a very worthwhile novel, with some themes shown later, differently, and perhaps even better in her later Fortress series, but I am definitely looking forward to t he next chapter of this series.