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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: 11.1 x 3.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,339 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kowari1@yahool.com on 3 May 2002
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 30 April 2002
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"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 By A Customer on 30 April 2002
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adaliabooks on 19 Mar. 2011
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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 detailed. It's obvious that Katherine Kerr is passionate about the era which her world is based upon and this comes through strongly in the books. The typical fantasy elements are all present, from magic to elves, but with subtle twists that make them unique to Kerr's world.

The main premise of the novels (and one that many people seem to struggle with) is the idea that everyone has an immortal soul which is reborn time and time again. This concept in itself is not difficult but Kerr uses this dynamic to tell a story spanning more than 400 years. Each character's actions in one of their lifetimes can affect their soul and bind them to other characters in later lives.

This first book (and series) focuses on a series of poor decisions made by one of the main characters, Nevyn, which results in the series main characters lives being bound together. The characters are all excellently written and they never feel less than real; as the series develops and we learn more about their previous lives we find more about what makes each of the characters who they are (the characters retain certain aspects of their personalities throughout their various lives).

While this can be confusing (keeping track of which character is which in the different timelines is a nightmare) I felt it really added depth to the story and loved this method of storytelling.

The book has action and romance in equal quantities (to satisfy all readers) and the pace of the book never lets up. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of fantasy novels; especially if you're looking for something to get your teeth into (I think there are about 16 books in the series so far).

All in all a great book and the start of a great series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mac_lochlainn@hotmail.com on 6 July 2000
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toby Andersen on 6 May 2008
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The opening Deverry novel, Daggerspell, struck me straight away as a unique take on the fantasy genre. An ongoing fantasy series by Katharine Kerr, the Deverry series employs a multiple timeline structure, but with the added nuance of reincarnation. in each timeline the souls of the core characters are reincarnated in ever different guises, forever trying to right the wrongs of their youths. only problem is that only Nevyn, the wandering sorcerer is aware of this. What follows is an extremely intricate and sometimes difficult story, where fantasy elements play out in something verging on a traditional way, but the whole book is layered with the timelines that have gone before and a massive level of subterfuge and nuance in the intricate relationships and past problems.
It is high drama spanning time and death, a unique take on the fantasy genre and complex as you like. My only real problem is that this first novel is not all that well written - Kerr manages the unweildy timelines with panache, but its in the traditional fantasy story that is feels somewhat rushed and the action and sometimes emotion left somewhat unexplained. I thought that if this style prevailed i wouldnt care much, but by the end i was cringing at the injustices and sobbing with the high romance and drama of it all.
a solid 8/10 - cant wait to read the next one.
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