A Time of Omens: A Novel of the Westlands (Bantam Spectra Book) Paperback – 1 Aug 1992
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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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It shows the typical interlacing of timelines that Kerr fans will recognise as one of her trademark characteristics, with the historical part following the story of Nevyn, Crown Prince Maryn and Princess Bellyra in the Deverrian Civil Wars, and the present following the elven enchantress Dallandra as she tries to unravel the Wyrd of the mysterious Evandar and his folk, not to mention Jill and Salanader's efforts to discover the key to the mystery of Rhodry's engraved rose ring.
Dallandra's fascination with the mysterious race of beings known to the elves as the Guardians begins in the first book of the cycle, 'A Time of Exile' where she leaves her human husband Aderyn to study and help them. When Jill, who also left her relationship with Rhodry for the dweomer (see Dragonspell), becomes caught up in her hunt for the significance of the rose ring given to Rhodry by Evandar, the two sorceresses find that they have goals in common.
The historical strand of the novel follows the fate of the silver daggers as they assist the dweomer to put its chosen candidate for the contested throne of Deverry in place. With A Time of Omens, Crown Prince Maryn leaves his own kingdom of Pyrdon and meets and marries Princess Bellyra, before beginning his great campaign to reunite the warring kingdoms of Deverry.
However, before they even ride out from Pyrdon, Nevyn unearths an eerie voodoo curse which may have begun working against Maryn even before they ride out. Can Nevyn overcome the evil and install Maryn as High King, and will Jill and Dallandra manage to find the significance of Rhodry's ring before the Otherlands take it from him?
A Time of Omens is one of my personal favourites in the series, a good book to read on its own and better with its accompanying books in the series. It begins many threads in the story of Nevyn, and begins to unravel others in the second part of the history of Rhodry while keeping up the detailed plausibility that marks all Kerr's books.
Set within a celtic realm, Kerr's tale actually follows the interwoven stories of several different characters spread across a time span of several hundred years in the history of the Westlands. Some readers used to the more conventional use of a linear plot may find this disconcerting, but Kerr has used it effectively and originally in evolving her story over the past six books. The realms of Westlands are varied and richly landscaped, and the mythology behind the world intriguing. The only flaw that prevented me from assigning 5 stars to this book was Kerr's sketchy handling of Jill's time spent in Anmurdio, a problem similar to those that plagued Kerr's first book, "Daggerspell." Nonetheless, a worthy successor to previous books in the series, and definately well worth the read.
One final note of complaint, directed at the publisher: It would be helpful, for those of us with a geographical bent, to provide maps of the Westlands with all of the books in the series. Since the second, book maps have been absent, except for a partial map available in "The Dragon Revenant." Even more irritating is the lack of provision in certain books of a full and complete character list covering at least the major characters in all six books. With all the shifts in plot line in time that take place, as well as the reappearance of certain characters in later books, it would be helpful to have this aid for one's memory.
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