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The Black Raven (Dragon Mage) [Paperback]

Katharine Kerr
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19 July 1999 Dragon Mage

The second novel in the exciting new series, The Dragon Mage – and the tenth in the Deverry Cycle – The Black Raven continues the tales begun in The Red Wyvern.

At the end of the Civil Wars, Prince Maryn stands on the brink of bringing peace at last to the torn kingdom, but powerful magics threaten his reign and his life. Only Nevyn’s young apprentice, Lilli, can see the horrifying power of the curse, her dead mother’s legacy of evil, that could bring disaster upon them all. But she has only untried magic for a weapon as she fights to save her beloved prince.

Centuries later, this ancient evil rises again, threatening a raging tide of war that could destroy Deverry forever. Out in the lonely Northlands the savage Horsekin are gathering their armies to march west and conquer the kingdom promised them by their blood-maddened goddess, Alshadra, and her human priestess, Raena. Directly in their path lies the peaceful city of Cerr Cawnen, trembling in fear of war.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager (19 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002246465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002246460
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,593,296 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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The Black Raven is Book Two of The Dragon Mage and the tenth volume of the Deverry series, a fantasy epic consisting of three interrelated quartets. The past and the present are weaved together in these novels, and the final volume will link with the first to reveal an overall design akin to a Celtic knot threading back and forth upon itself. This is a strange pseudo-Celtic world in which reincarnation is a reality and past lives forever affect the present in surprising and unexpected ways. So while The Black Raven can be read on its own it is advisable to begin with the first book Daggerspell.

In a complex novel of civil war, sacrifice and power an epic canvas is most impressively used to tell a strongly characterised and very human tale of hatred and destructive evil and of the consequences of past malevolence on both the heroine Lilli and the Prince Maryn. By keeping the narrative tightly focused around a small number of characters and by maintaining strict limits to the rather elaborately conceived elements of magic and the supernatural Katherine Kerr ensures that her fantastical history does not overwhelm the more personal and affecting dimensions of the tale. The result is a polished, emotionally involving and powerful novel in which even the dreams of a dragon may come evocatively to life. --Gary S. Dalkin


‘An unusually scholarly writer of fantasy.’

‘Much as I dislike comparing anything to THE LORD OF THE RINGS, I have to admit that on this occasion it’s justified.’

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

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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The tenth installment of Katherine Kerr's epic Deverry Cycle, The Black Raven, will not disappiont lovers of the previous nine. Kerr once again weaves a story full of magic, mystery, romance and feudal warfare to keep readers spellbound from the first page to the last! The Black Raven continues the stories left off by The Red Wyvern - in both Deverry of the 800's and of the 1100's and in Cerr Cawnen. The Black Raven adds a new dimension to the tale of the Deverry Civil War, introducing Prince Maryn's less favouable personality traits, updates Rhodry and Dallandra's positions in the war with the Horsekin, and also returns to Cerr Cawnen and the story of young Niffa's plight. The stories are masterfully written and flawlessly woven together in true Katherine Kerr style - a brilliant book all round that leaves you virtually panting in anticipation for the next book. Read it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing! 9 Sep 2002
This amazing epic goes from strength to strength and Katherine Kerr never fails to amaze me. The plot thickens and the book had me desperately awaiting the next trip to the bookshop in dire need to read the next installment. A brilliant read which Intertwines Celtic Mythology and the Dark Ages to create a superb fusion between the both - a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fire is once again blazing 24 Nov 1999
By A Customer
I only finished reading the previous 9 books in this series a couple months ago and I felt that they were starting to lose the certain something that caught my attention in the first few. THE BLACK RAVEN has recaptured what I fell in love with in this series. It explains some things that were merely hinted at in other books and developed a number of characters much more who were merely introduced before. The cliff hanger left in this book is not uncommon in this series and I noticed that with nearly every book in it. The climax of many of the books comes at the end, but I've come to accept that. I eagerly await the next couple books. My only complaint was this book was too short.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual high standard 13 Sep 1999
By A Customer
I've thoroughly enjoyed the Deverry series and would recommend it to anyone, but this book was a disappointment. I got the impression that Ms Kerr is doing a 'Robert Jordan' and just extending the series to cash in, especially as the most exciting parts are at the end and just serve to introduce the next book. Katharine Kerr is capabable of the very best - just read all the other Deverry books and Palace and you'll see. I hate to say this as I've loved her other books so much, but if you don't want to spoil the feeling of perfection it might be worth considering the series finished with the last book. You MUST read the rest of the series if you haven't already though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a good cut above the ordinary, but.... 16 Aug 1999
By A Customer
I've read all of the previous books in the series and have immensely enjoyed them all, so I was waiting for The Black Raven with not a great deal of patience.
Was it worth the wait?? Probably. I don't know if it is just that I have re-read the others so often that by their very familiarity they seem richer and more detailed, but I felt that this book was a little hastier and less well drawn. Perhaps it was that it was so much shorter than the other novels (by at least 100 pages) and as a very fast reader I like my books to be BIG!
I'd still recommend it, but I'd be interested to see whether other Deverry fans agree that this is maybe starting to lack a certain something ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series 26 May 2014
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Bought this used. Received quickly and in good condition. Love the series, particularly the way the stories of the characters are built up by moving backwards and forwards through the volumes, concentrating on a specific period of there lives, and incarnations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, shame about the kindle version 7 Jun 2013
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I love Katherine Kerr's Deverry books and this is no exception however I want to review the kindle edition. This book is riddled with spelling errors, grammatical problems, numbers instead or letters and worst of all even duplicates pages of the text. I think it must be some automated process to digitise these books but it totally takes you out of the wonderful world Katherine has created. Please get a proof reader to sort out this! 5 stars for the story, 1 star for the digital conversion!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could be an historical novel
The second book in the Dragon Mage sequence from Katharine Kerr. Once again, we spend the majority of the book in the past, exploring Lillorigga's burgeoning dweomer power and her... Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2010 by A. L. Rutter
2.0 out of 5 stars How the great has fallen
Having just read the entire series again, I read The Black Raven with mixed expectations. The first few books of the series set up the story and the characters with well paced and... Read more
Published on 9 April 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars One Meddle Too Many For Evandar ?
READ THIS BOOK ! Actually, start at the beginning of the cycle & continue from there to get the very best of the stories. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2000 by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent continuation of the Deverry series!
I'm not sure how Ms.Kerr does it, but she doesn't seem to lose her touch. This is another mesmerising installment in the story of Rhodry, Prince Maryn, Nevyn and Dallandra. Read more
Published on 10 May 2000 by spraggpie
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting continuation
I enjoyed The Black Raven, partially because I'd missed reading about Rhodry, but mainly because of the insights into the civil wars it gave. Read more
Published on 15 Nov 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Kerr at her best.......
What more can i say..... From the first page I have had to get friends/ family to risk death by physicaly removing this book from my hands so I can do things like eat and go to... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 1999
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