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The Red Wyvern: Book One of the Dragon Mage [Kindle Edition]

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

A new chapter of the history of the kingdom of Deverry – an ideal starting point for newcomers to Katharine Kerr’s gorgeous epic, and a satisfying continuation of the saga for those readers who have followed the series through its previous incarnations.

In Cengarn, Rhodry of the silver daggers – half-elven, half-human – is beset by strange dreams. A dark-haired enchantress, the Raven Woman, is haunting his sleep, and he can find no release, even in the arms of Dallandra, his lover. Little does he know that his feud with the Raven Woman goes back over three hundred years, to a time when the very throne of Deverry stood under threat of civil war.

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Long, long ago in Deverry, Lillorigga, daughter of the Boar clan and cousin to the child-king, becomes embroiled in the increasingly sinister politics at the palace of Dun Deverry. Not least among the plotters is Lilli's own mother, the enchantress Merodda. Lilli has inherited Merodda's powers, but not her taste for power. When Merodda orders the death of Lilli's foster mother, Bevyan, Lilli leaves Deverry swearing revenge. Her actions will have consequences not only in her time, but also in generations to come, as those who die are reincarnated.


‘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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 858 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553572644
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (24 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VWDOM0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,785 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Kerr's Fantasy Is Deserving Of More Attention 7 July 1999
By A Customer
I'm a little confused as to why this book is being called "Book One of the Dragon Mage," as though Kerr has begun a new series. The story takes up right where the last book, "Days of Air and Darkness," left off. In addition, Kerr spends much of the book returning to an earlier thread of her story that was left unfully told several volumes back. This book therefore seems a direct descendent to her first eight. But why quibble?: This is a worthy successor to her earlier work.
As mentioned above, I was pleased to find her finally completing her tale of the Civil Wars, begun so many books back and left dangling for so long. I had begun to despair ever finding out in full about the conquest of Deverry by the High King and his supporters, so many of whom have played successive roles as Kerr's series unfolds. And, I gather, this part of her story is not yet fully over. In a similar vein, I was also heartened by hints that Ebany will once again be appearing, after being rather unceremoniously dumped back in "A Time of Omens." A complete jettisoning of these plot and character elements would have done much to diminish my opinion of this series. As I have thus far enjoyed it greatly, I was pleased that my faith in Kerr's writing had been rewarded.
Much more episodic than the current and, apparently, more popular works by Martin and Jordan, this work is nonetheless their equal, and deserving of more attention. While I believe this series overall is deserving of five stars, I gave this particular entry four, as I found Part 3 somewhat weaker in plot than the rest of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written 26 Jan. 2007
As this was the first Devvery novel I have read (now, I find out, it's actually the ninth book!) I found the plot a little confusing. However, this didn't lessen the enjoyment of the novel for me at all. The characters are fascinating, and I love the idea that we meet them again and again, in different lives.

I also found myself engaging with the world, which is far from perfect and has its own rules and logic. It was also good to see some really strong female characters, who I think I shall come to care about a great deal as the books progress.

The one negative comment I have is to agree with a previous reviewer, who felt the novel lost pace at the end. I did feel it lost direction after we left Lillorigga's time, but perhaps that is down to my lack of knowledge about the series as a whole.

An unusual and fascinating fantasy novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form for Kerr. 22 July 1999
By A Customer
I was left somewhat unconvinced by the second series of Deverry novels. I didn't like how things were resolved and felt there were things missing. In the latter part maybe I should have guessed Katherine kerr had plans for her world. It seems this eries is intended to tie up the loose ends of previous series...the matter of how the Red wyvern became the ruling clan and so forth, in addition to an interesting new story, and a fine new heroine to replace Jill from the first 8 books. (I hope). You really have to have read the first 8 to have a hope of understanding this one, but this is as good as the first few which originally hooked me into this wonderfully realised celtic flavoured world. Buy them all then buy this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first in another Deverry sequence 8 Feb. 2010
This is the first book in a new cycle of novels set in Deverry by Katharine Kerr, and as such new readers can start out at this point. I would recommend vehemently, though, that they do not since a number of storylines from prior novels come together or are referenced in this novel.

For the first time we drift in time forwards rather than backwards, albeit for a short time, when we discover that Haen Marn is adrift in time as well as space. A soldier from a more modern Scotland is cast into the mythical isle for a night, showing us in the process that Angmar is pregnant with Rhodry's child.

The majority of the novel takes place in the past though, taking us to a continuation of the tale of the civil war that tore Deverry in two - where Maryn becomes the High King under Nevyn's tutelage. The story is concentrated on Lillorigga (who we know in the current times as Niffa, the ratter's daughter) and her mother Lady Merodda - the person who becomes Raena, the Black Raven, and causes Rhodry such heartache. Here we discover why Raena and Rhodry's Wyrds are so tangled.

This is a great return to form for Kerr. I was somewhat disappointed in the last few novels she turned out - she seemed very much to be writing by the numbers. Here her writing comes alive again - with intrigue, scheming, battle, fair maidens, dweomer mysteries, and high adventure. I loved the character of Lillorigga, who came blessed with good sense and honour.

I was somewhat annoyed with Kerr's descriptive passages that seem lifted from one book to another. On the one hand you could say that it reinforces the effect she wishes to create, but I find the copy and paste technique a little lazy.
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