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Dawnspell: The Bristling Wood (Deverry) Paperback – 4 Jul 2011

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586207414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586207413
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Kerr is certainly getting better and better as her series goes along. The characters are gaining more depth, the plot is unfolding into a complexity I had trouble keeping up with on the first read or two. A valuable resource are the soul tables and the pronounciation guides.
Anyone comparing this series to Marvel comics must be having trouble understanding the amazing amount of reseach and time gone into creating the series. It is evident in just the construction of the names! The historical accuracy and gelling into a darkages/medieval celtic world astounds me every time. I can just about smell the horses and the riders. Kerr does not gloss over the horrors of the time either, life was not pleasant then. This is something I appreciate every time I read the books.
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After an uneven start in "Daggerspell," Katharine Kerr has continued to build upon and expand the characters and world of Deverry, and with "Bristling Wood," the third book of the octet, has brought her storytelling talents to full maturity. Description, while lacking the depth of a Jordan or Martin, is nonetheless detailed and vivid, characterizations diverse and singular, and the secondary characters have begun to contribute significant roles to the story, greatly enriching the tale. With this volume Kerr's series must begin to be considered as a contender among the few truly notable works of fantasy fiction, and I expectantly look forward to reading the rest of the eight to see if the story fulfills its undeniable promise. Fans of "The Mists of Avalon" would be making a mistake in ignoring celtic Deverry.
(Titled "Bristling Wood" in the States)
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I read this series years ago and recently introduced it to my 10 year old son. While he read the series I re-read it. He loved it and I loved it all over again! If you like fantasy, magic, elves, dragons etc. its fab. Katharine Kerr writes in a way that is easy to read. The only challenging bit is that she slips back and forward in time to show how previous lifetimes affect current and future lifetimes. It can be helpful to keep handy a table of incarnations while reading it but its not necessary.
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This is my favourite of the series so far! In this book the modern day plot follows Jill and Rhodry as they are forced apart by circumstance, and ends on a real cliffhanger where Rhodry vanishes, and it is up to Jill and Salamander to try and find him. In the past we meet another incarnation of Jill and Rhodry, at a time when the silver daggers are brought into being and Rhodry fights to bring the one true king of Deverry to power.

As I said in a previous review, because the flashbacks tend to be the bulk of the book, it is necessary to find them entertaining if the novel as a whole is to be considered a success. In this novel, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Jill and Rhodry's previous life, especially the novelty of Jill being reborn into a man's body this time around. It was a gripping insert, and I loved to see exactly why the silver daggers came into being.

We saw a great deal more of modern times, and the politics affecting Deverry. Lovyan stepped onto centre stage, and I appreciated the fact that Kerr wrote into the story strong female characters. I got tired of Rhys' stubborn ways concerning Rhodry and was frighteningly indifferent to his plight.

One character I was genuinely curious about and repelled by was Perryn. His treatment of Jill, and the way he was able to entice women, was presented as extremely disturbing, especially because it was so involuntary.

Again, I loved the Wildfolk, and found it particularly amusing when Salamander used them to cow the pirate folk of Slaith.

All in all, a great book. Because of the extreme cliffhanger and the introduction of Taliesyn as a character, I am desperate to read the fourth in this sequence and think that Kerr is doing a fabulous job bringing the world of Deverry alive.
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And the series just keeps getting better! Katharine Kerr makes Dawnspell the best book so far, with a massive flashback sequence detailing the origins of the Silver Daggers, but it is the present section that really wowed me. A new character called Perryn is introduced, and without spoiling the plot, his and Jill's lives become entwined in a surprising way. Throughout the book Rhodry is in danger, and while Nevyn tries to protect him from dark forces, his brother Salamander is also trying to find him. Kerr really begins to build on Salamander as a character in this book, and so far I really like him. Lets hope he continues to appear. There are scenes with other minor characters too, namely Lovyan, Rhys and Blaen - showing Kerr hasn't given up on them, and she'll continue to develop them. There are shocks in store for readers, with several twists, and the ending will leave you wanting more. The next book looks set to be fantastic! Buy this now - but start from Daggerspell of course!
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