The Gate Of Ivory - Doris Egan Gosh this was fun. Finished over the course of the in between bits of an otherwise awful day, so maybe the contrast helped. Its actually got quite a lot going on under the surface - theres tragically twisted family dynamics, some intrigue, a smidge of romance, all sorts of thematic stuff on culture, morality, loyalty, assimilation, etc, but its very minimally written (reminds me somewhat of Zelazny) - virtually no description or internal monologuing, and the plot is amazingly straightforward and pragmatic, so its mostly a fairly simply quasi coming of age adventure story with an unusually no-nonsense protagonist and remarkably likeable characters all around. Just fun.