"Daggerspell" by Katharine Kerr is my absolute favourite book. The Deverry sequence comprises eleven books at the moment, and this is the first of them. The leading plot is the reincarnation of souls and the complicated relations that will build up when the souls interact as different persons in different lives. The story is told in two time lines or time frames, the so called present time line that focus on Jill and Rhodry, and the past time line that focus on their previous lives during 400 years. The story thus changes between past and present, and it is all really wonderful stories, that interacts in a so complex pattern that it takes some rereads to discover some of the more hidden connections. The twelfth and last book of the sequence is being written right now, and it will let the past time line to finally merge with the present time line, and thus complete the intricate story pattern. In this first book we are exposed to the beginning of the present story, and two stories from the past. Love, Wyrd (destiny) and Dweomer (magic) interacts to create a great story out of many threads. All the stories is set in the roughly mediaeval society of Deverry and it's neighbouring cultures. My old mother, who always (or at least the last thirty years) had claimed that she didn't like fantasy literature, was instantly hooked when she started to read the books. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
- Gunnar Creutz