Dawnspell: The Bristling Wood (Deverry) Paperback – 4 Jul 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
(Titled "Bristling Wood" in the States)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Her books just get better and better, have read them all, not a bad one amongst them.Published 19 months ago by Susan Coleman
This series of books is fascinating if you are interested in magical and spiritual knowledge and the plots are riveting, I and a friend were unable to put them down until we had... Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2011 by B. Tingate
this series is a great one, & once u'v finnished the first 4, there's another 12? to go!!! it just keeps getting better!Published on 28 Aug. 2003 by Amazon Customer
This is the third in an expanding series set in a cod-Celtic world focussed on the "kingdom" of Deverry. Read morePublished on 17 May 2001