The Silver Mage (Deverry Silver Wyrm 4) Paperback – 30 Sep 2010
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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
About the Author
Katharine Kerr was born in Ohio, 1944 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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Almost all the loose ends were tied up, (sadly in predictable and unsurprising ways), everyone was all settled and sorted, and the big questions were answered, but somehow it just wasn't satisfying...I kept waiting for the action to happen. Several things that were hinted at in previous books (like Penna's story) just never materialised, or were tied off neatly and quickly and almost perfunctorily, with none of the life and emotion I'd so loved in the previous volumes. It's OK. It finishes off the sequence, it's good to finally be able to have the full set and be able to do a full read through, but that's all. "Meh" as my teenage gruntychild would say.
I have read every book as they have been published and have thoroughly enjoyed the threads and story lines as they have developed.
This final book did not disappoint and brought the stories to a satisfactory conclusion although I began to see where it was all going well before the end.
This is a terrific yarn which should stand this test of time, I wonder if any of today's young readers are prepared to read all 15 books!
my only gripe with the books is that i didn't want them to end and you can almost feel than Kerr didn't want to stop writing them either, this aside they are my favourite series of books and 100% recomend you atleast pick up the first
I have over the years, strongly recommended her books to friends and my students and will continue to do so. I now feel like an old friend has passed away, I no longer have some of my all time favourite characters to look forward to reading about, most of all I will miss Salamander.
Great series, great books. This is still a great book despite one or two flaws.
So Silver Mage, finally finish the series, you may wonder why I would bother, it's just that I have invested so much bloody time, I need some closure.
The author seemed bored and in automatic mode, new characters seemed to be introduced to no purpose. The editor had ignored a lot of repetitions, most of characters are walking around 'slack jawed' and regularly stop to 'share a smile'. I'm not kidding the slack jawedness appears three times 56-60, I lost count at the shared smiles. Also I remember getting irritated by 'and the whole war band cheered' Rhodry never has to do anything to garner respect and hero worship from the entire warband. He just turns up with cornflower blue eyes and jet-black hair (where are the ugly people?). Also an entire tribe of people having horses but not being able to ride (really?). The death of Nevyn and Jill left massive holes to fill, Dallandra who seems cold just never cuts it, Jill also never really does anything that amazing with her magic.
The last moan i have is this, at the beginning of the series, you were helped to remember who everybody was through their different incarnations by a table at the beginning of the book, i.e. Galrion = Nevyn etc it did help and worked ok. This has been abandoned in favour and calling different the incarnations nearly the same name as they had in another life rhodry = rhoderix, it just doesn't work.
It's hard to write a book I know I'm trying at the moment and the fact Katherine Kerr has managed to produce a series of fifteen and have them published is amazing. I know you can't please everybody and i shouldn't moan but it's very dissapointing to see soemthing that had such promise just fizzle out in a bunch of daafodil haired, falcon featured, impossibly handsome clichés.
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