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Daggerspell (Deverry) [Paperback]

Katharine Kerr
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4 July 2011 Deverry

The first volume of the celebrated Deverry series, an epic fantasy rooted in Celtic mythology that intricately interweaves human and elven history over several hundred years.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New edition edition (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006482244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006482246
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katharine Kerr was born in Ohio, and moved to San Francisco Bay Area in 1962, where she has lived ever since. She has read extensively in the fields of classical archeology, and medieval and dark ages history and literature, and these influences are clear in her work. Her epic Deverry series has won widespread praise and millions of fans around the world.

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About the Author

Katharine Kerr was born in Ohio and moved to San Francisco Bay Area in 1962, where she has lived ever since. She has read extensively in the fields of classical archeology, and medieval and dark ages history and literature, and these influences are clear in her work. Her epic Deverry series has won widespread praise and millions of fans around the world.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My book is falling apart 3 May 2002
I first read this book when I was in year 7 or 8 at high school on a whim from the library. I loved it so much I promptly bought it and the rest of the series at that point. I have read the book so many times (and despite being exceedingly careful) that it is falling apart. I am trying to keep it safe because it is a non revised edition.
I love this book and its series, it's complex themes and plot that entwines past, present and future. It may not be immediately obvious why the past is being brought up, but believe me, on a recent reread of the entire series, I noticed a sentence in the second book is realised into plot over 8 books later. You can't read these books on their own and expect to understand them. They are a "series" in a true sense of the word.
Fantastic, can't say anything more to recommend them, and I am champing at the bit for the next one.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daggerspell - a wonderful, intricate story pattern. 30 April 2002
By A Customer
"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
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing unique fantasy extraordinare 30 April 2002
By A Customer
Before reading this novel, I had read Raymone E Feist, Janny wurts, J.V. Jones and David eddings. all very good authors. I read kerr's novel and was amazed. The world she was created was simply amazing. It was very unique compared to most fantasy novels and with that interesting semi-celtic / roman knot of interwoven stories it is quite a masterpiece. I consequently read all of her books and endeavoured to find out as much as i could about her and her world. i am quite a big fan now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A revelation 6 July 2000
Although I love fantasy I'd never read any of Katharine Kerr's books before. Now I'm hooked. Kerr's Deverry is as engaging and intriguing a world as those of Jordan, Tolkien and Eddings. She draws heavily on a Celtic mythos, without ever losing her her imagination or her grip on the plot. What more can I say? Read it now.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grand Debut 25 Nov 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
Daggerspell is the first book in the 'Deverry Cycle' and it kicks off the series with Katherine Kerr's trademark writing style. The story is instantly involving and you find yourself being drawn into the characters lives in a way that leaves you desperate to read on. However, the book can drone occaisionly, but this is few and far between and in no way lessens the experience of reading this fntasy novel.
The book is a high fantasy novel, set in a world with no technology with humans and elves and other indiginant species, but Katheine Kerr's take on the old set is very different to that of other authors. The book is seperated into different timelines, the past and the present/future, half of the book being devoted to each. It becomes apparent, as you read on, why the books are written this way. Daggerspell is part of several sets of books and it only begins the thread of storylines, so beware if you like this book you will have to the others.
I've read many fantasy authors and i find Katherine Kerr's novels emmensly refreshing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have read and reread this book and the ones following so many times that they are part of my psyche. I was immediately entranced by the world depicted in "Daggerspell", the crude daily life of its characters alongside the magic and mystery that surrounds them. Once when recovering from major surgery and under the influence of morphene, I too saw the gnomes that flocked around "those" chosen characters in the story. To me these stories are so real that I hate the idea that I shall soon read the last book of the series. To me that is as good a reason to advise others to read them as any, they really make you believe in the characters, the places and the plots. Try them and see. JANE PARKER
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the effort 22 May 2006
By Ildrinn
Before you begin, it's as well to be warned - this is the first volume in a seriously epic series; currently the Deverry chronicles run to 12 books and there's another two on the horizon, so you may prefer to check your calendar (and your bank balance) before getting too involved. It takes a while to get going, but if you've the time and the patience then you'll be well rewarded.

The geography of Deverry and its environs is pretty standard - feudal baronies for the most part, with grasslands populated by nomadic elves in the west, dwarves up in the mountains and sophisticated slave- and spice-traders across the sea to the south. What distinguishes this series from similar books is Kerr's concept of destiny and reincarnation - characters who fail to fulfill their Wyrd in one life are doomed to try again in the next one, though with no knowledge of their past lives or failures. The first few books follow Nevyn, an ancient loremaster who foolishly vowed to stay alive until he'd fixed the destinies of the people whose lives he'd ruined; unfortunately this means tracking them down every time they reincarnate, and so far he's been trying for hundreds of years with only limited success. This allows the entertaining and successful device of showing past-life flashbacks of all the present-day characters in their previous incarnations; this device is also a neat way of describing Deverry's long history.

The device does have its drawbacks, chief among which is the enormous potential for confusion between characters (who also tend to have fairly similar names) - not only do you have to remember the difference between Maddyc, Maryc and Maryn, you also have to keep in mind whose prior incarnations they are and who else's destiny is tied up with theirs...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daggerspell
Haven't read it yet but the series was recommended to me by two friends. I'm pleased with the condition of the book,delighted with the price and speed of delivery.
Published 18 months ago by kaytee
5.0 out of 5 stars from start to finish
i have read this series in a number of steps throughout the years as it has been released and had missed all of the silver wyrm books as i lost track of time, however my girlfriend... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wyrd to the Wise
The Deverry books have been a joy to read for many years. Weaving stories of characters reborn time and again to correct past errors and develop as people. Read more
Published on 2 July 2012 by Captain Kretin
2.0 out of 5 stars Evocative, but fails to cohere
The descriptions of how druidic magic works are wonderful, and (I would guess) based on extensive research, but her characters, which you're meant to follow throught the various... Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by P. G. Womack
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
I really enjoyed Daggerspell (and all the subsequent books in the series). The series is set in a Celtic inspired fantasy setting that has been heavily researched and richly... Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2011 by Adaliabooks
2.0 out of 5 stars Daggerspell
Not to my taste, some people will probably like this style of fantasy novel, unfortunately I just found it bland. I could not connect with any of the characters or their world. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant series of fantasy books you have to read
good book, this is a series of books I started in the summer and having read all the current books in the series up to 2009 and as my local library does not keep the older books in... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2010 by Alibaly
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong start
A strong and promising start to Kerr's renowned fantasy series. The plot is involving, and the character dynamics between each reincarnation work really well. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2010 by Luke
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea but very badly executed
This is one of the very few books that I have been unable to finish, I gave up on page 306 of 528. The idea of souls being reincarnated time and again and coming together in each... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2010 by Isobel Ayres
5.0 out of 5 stars Daggerspell
This book has been sitting on my shelf for so long I thought it was time to get cracking, this is quite a long series and I own all of them bar one (which is on its way as I... Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2010 by Clare
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