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The Shadow Isle (Deverry Silver Wyrm 3) [Paperback]

Katharine Kerr
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5 Feb 2009 Deverry Silver Wyrm 3

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

As the tale of Deverry and her people draws near to its close, questions will be answered and mysteries uncovered…

The wild Northlands hold many secrets, among them the mysterious dweomer island of Haen Marn, the mountain settlements of Dwarvholt, and the fortified city of Cerr Cawnen, built long ago by escaping bondmen from Deverry itself. And just who or what are the mysterious Dwgi folk?

Thanks to the Horsekin, who continue to push their religious crusade south toward the borders of the kingdom, the human beings of Deverry and their elven allies realize that the fate of the Northlands lies tangled with their own. Although the dwarven race holds strong, the island of Haen Marn has fled and Cerr Cawnen seems doomed. Only the magic of Dallandra and Valandario and the might of the powerful dragons, Arzosah and Rori, can reveal the secrets and save the Northlands from conquest.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007268939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007268931
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,399 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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Praise for Katharine Kerr and the Deverry novels:

‘An unusually scholarly writer of fantasy’ Telegraph

‘Much as I dislike comparing anything to The Lord of the Rings, I have to admit that on this occasion it’s justified’ Interzone

‘Kerr is a master of her trade… She has created a world that might very well go on for ever, and this one reader sincerely hopes it does.’ Vector

‘An extensive and complete world, whose endlessly fascinating details grow book by book’ Starlog

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The greatest act of magic ever seen…

When Evandar transformed the dying Rhodry Maelwaedd into a dragon, the strength of the mystical dweomer power he invoked astonished even Dallandra, his lover and a powerful mage in her own right. Now she has taken on the task of revoking the spell and setting Rhodry free of his assumed form – if she can discover how.

The secret may lie on Haen Marn, the mysterious island that disappeared from the Northlands during the First Horsekin War - if she can find it. And if she does unearth the secret, working the dweomer might kill her, just as it killed Evandar himself.

In the penultimate novel of Katharine Kerr's highly acclaimed epic fantasy series, the threads of the intricately woven tale of the land of Deverry and her people's draw together as ancient mysteries are about to be uncovered…

'An unusually scholarly writer of fantasy' Telegraph

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5.0 out of 5 stars Penultimate Installment 4 May 2008
As Katharine says in her Author's Note, "Despite what you may have seen or heard",this is not the last book as such, but rather part one of a two part end (the Silver Mage will conclude). As you can imagine therefore, little is actually tied up, and in fact we get some new (and some returning but now able to speak and act) characters - and species - to add to the drama and move the plot on. (The mystery runes on the dwarven staff are obviously to play a key role and are referenced many times in this book to my delight). This isn't a criticism; I was concerned that matters would wrap up too pat and quickly and am glad that there is one more book and I appreciate the new characters and what they add. In addition matters develop and progress satisfactorily with the returning main characters, rounding them out, and I get the impression that we are building towards several big set pieces in the finale to get them all settled in the elven city of Rinbaladelan - which is where I assume it will end. My only unfulfilled, as yet, hope is that we will see more of Niffa, Jahdo and Carra (my personal favourite). In particular the map of Rinbaladelan, last seen being hidden in Rhodda's library by Evandar, must surely play some key part, and Carra/Bellyra's love of history must discover it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars One more to go 3 Mar 2009
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This is the wonderful last but one novel in the Deverry Dragon Mage seris, and what a wonderful effort it has been so far. Am eagerly looking forward to the final book in the series and to the summing up of loose ends. Will Rori be reunited with Angmar and what will happen to his twin daughters? I have missed Niffa in the two last books, and hope to read more about her in the coming one. High praise for the author Kathrine Kerr as one of the shining ones in the genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid entry into the series 8 Feb 2010
We're finally reaching the end of the Deverry saga with this penultimate book in the series (the last is due to be published in October 2009). There is a sense of Katharine Kerr pulling together all those strands to finish off the series effectively, but some mysteries are still to be resolved. One thing I am glad of is that I don't actually know what Kerr will do to finish the story - although the Horsekin are currently 'evil', there has been enough switching sides and distinctions made between Horsekin and Gel da Thae for us to realise that no one is outright evil and everybody can be redeemed. In fact, this has been a theme running through the whole Deverry sequence - the idea that all beings (whether human, dwarf, Elcyion Lacar, Horsekin) have the ability to turn to good.

This book picks up where the previous left off - this is another feature of this last 'Act'. Each of the books drives forwards the plot and we rarely have any sequences now that take place in the past. We see Branna and Neb as part of the plot showing the Deverrians gear up for war and discover that the Horsekin are once again on the move. As part of this section, there is a subplot that deals with Neb and his fierce desire to become Nevyn once more. At times I felt like shaking Neb for his stupidity, but I found the resolution to be both sound and moving - the idea that Salamander has finally grown into a true dweomermaster and Wise One is very touching.

The main bulk of the book deals with the return of Haen Marn, and the introduction to the story of Rhodry's daughters Marnmara and Berwynna. Neither of these characters starts out as being someone I want to read more of - Marnmara is spoilt and Berwynna is envious and headstrong. As is usual, I do find myself warming to them over time though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Twists 13 Jan 2014
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This penultimate book in Katharine Kerr's brilliant Deverry series, is excellent but does not go at all where I expected it to.
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