Daggerspell (Deverry Series #1)

Daggerspell (Deverry Series #1)

by Katharine Kerr

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“This grand saga is by a wide margin the best Celtic fantasy around.”—Chicago Sun-Times

Even as a young girl, Jill was a favorite of the magical, mysterious Wildfolk, who appeared to her from their invisible  realm. Little did she know her extraordinary friends represented but a glimpse of a forgotten past and a fateful future. Four hundred years—and many lifetimes—ago, one selfish young lord caused the death of two innocent lovers. Then and there he  vowed never to rest until he'd rightened that  wrong-and laid the foundation for the lives of Jill and all those whom she would hold dear: her father, the mercenary soldier Cullyn; the exiled  berserker Rhodry Maelwaedd; and the ancient and powerful herbman Nevyn, all bound in a struggle against  darkness. . . and a quest to fulfill the destinies determined centuries ago.

Here in this newly revised edition comes the incredible novel that began one of the best-loved fantasy seers in recent  years—a tale of bold adventure and timeless love, perilous battle and pure magic. For long-standing fans of Deverry and those who have yet to experience this exciting series, Daggerspell is a rare and special treat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553565218
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1993
Series: Deverry Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 305,401
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Katharine Kerr first became involved in the field of fantasy through role-playing games, feeling so intrigued that she began writing articles for gaming magazines and for some time was a contributing editor to Dragon magazine. This interest soon led her into the field of fantasy writing, with her first Deverry novel, Daggerspell, appearing in 1986. Since then, Kerr has written many more fantasy and science fiction novels. Her Deverry series has hit The Times (London) and the Australian bestseller lists.

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Daggerspell 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
kc5455 More than 1 year ago
A prince who becomes a wizard, fails to fulfill his destiny, by not saving his fiance and true love from a drowning. Now he must live hundreds of years waiting for his chance to rectify this mistake. As the years go by each of the characters are incarnated into new characters with new names but similar characteristics. Nevvyn the Wizard is able to see who they were as they also attempt to fulfill their destinies and each time they are reborn, they are a little better or a little more evil, depending on their last life. Meanwhile, there is war, love, evil, magic and adventure. If you like magic, fairies, dragons, dwarves, Kings and queens, pixies, moving islands, and Spirits, you will love this series. Here is the series in order. 1. Daggerspell 2. Darkspell 3. The Bristling Wood (Dawnspell) 4. The Dragon Revenant (Dragonspell 5. A Time of Exile 6. A Time of Omens 7. Days of Blood and Fire (A Time of War) 8. Days of Air and Darkness (A Time of Justice) 9. The Red Wyvern 10.The Black Raven 11.The Fire Dragon 12.The Gold Falcon (in progress) 13.The Spirit Stone 14.The Shadow Isle 15.The Silver Mage
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was about eleven, I was scanning the shelves at the local library and my index finger randomly stopped at a copy of Daggerspell. I took it out of the shelf, looked at it, read the back, looked at it one more time, shrugged, and though 'why not?'. I had no idea what a captivating, thrilling, romantic, intricate, and absolutely addictive universe I would get dragged into. This book introduced me to the 'real' fantasy-genre, which then introduced me to other masterpieces, which I then fell deeply in love with; and by doing so making it my favorite genre of all. I can honestly say that this book is solely responsible for my hopeless addiction :) And not only that, but even after having read Liveship Traders Trilogy (by Robin Hobb), The Song of Ice and Fire Saga (by George R.R. Martin), and the Mistborn Trilogy (by Brandon Sanderson), Daggerspell is the one I always return to - it is still, six years later, my absolute favorite book.
MinDillard More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire series and still return again and again to renew my acquaintance with old friends. Once you start you won't want to stop like other reviewers I will say that the beginning is a little slow but pay attention Kerr is simply laying the groundwork for a wonderful tale. I wish you well on your journey!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't read it because it was slow at first.Now a year later with all 8 books of the series on my bookshelf I'm so glad I finished that first one.It was worth it! I can't get enough of the twisted time lines and powerful writing of this celtic fantasy series.I hope to continue my collection with the next series,Dragon Mage.
irishkitsune on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easily my favorite fantasy series, Katherine Kerr's tales of Deverry and the Westlands brings a new spin to some familiar elements of Celtic lore and fantasy. The story covers a span of several hundred years while keeping some common elements (mostly in the undying sorcerer Nevyn) to anchor it. The consequences that one life can have on the next generation is a recurring theme in these books, and it's fun to watch how the actions of a person influences their reincarnations and children hundreds of years later. Kerr has been working on this series for a long time, and there are currently 11 books. The most frustrating part is that the last two books in the series haven't been finished yet, but I wait patiently.
lbspen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finally a fantasy story that is not a close cousin to LoTR! The world of magic is unique among the books I have read and I expect will be explored in greater detail in the rest of the series.Some of the characters are a little flat and opaque, but most of them are understandable and sympathetic. The author manages to easily avoid the anachronistic feminist tendencies even with her adept swords-woman character.
magemanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Katharine Kerr's long-running series about Deverry and the Westlands. It introduces the three linked characters of Jill, Rhodry and Nevyn. This book - and indeed the series - is set up in such a way that it will jump from future to past and back again. It can make for complicated reading and an issue with pacing, but it genuinely brings the events to life.The idea is that in the year 643 Galrion (who is to become Nevyn) makes a series of decisions that causes his lady love Brangwen to turn away from a life of dweomer (the name for magic) and become embroiled in an incestuous relationship with her own brother. Nevyn makes a vow that he will never rest until he has put things right. Consequently, he is unable to die and experiences the characters being reborn again and again while he tries to bring Brangwen to a life of dweomer. Jill is the latest woman that has the soul of Brangwen. The strength of Kerr's writing is not so much in the story itself, but in the characters who inhabit it, and in the way she is able to tell each of the short stories about one of the lives that Brangwen lives. Her ability to invest you in what is essentially a short story is exceptionally good.There are some tired cliches - the Elves for instance. Here called the Westfolk or the Elcyion Lacar, they are nomads with pointed ears and cat pupil eyes. They are foreign to the humans, and able to see the Wildfolk - the denizens of the etheric plane.I also got frustrated with two recurring over-uses of description. Many of the characters, especially the women, toss their heads. Constantly. Many of the characters keen in mourning. Frequently. Barring these two things, the writing flows well.I enjoyed the heavy Celt flavouring to Deverry, it was tied richly into the story. I do have a small complaint that a number of the names are familiar and Kerr does not bring on the characters of those in the secondary string enough for you to tell easily between your Pedyr's and your Daumur's. I thoroughly enjoyed this first instalment of the series and will read onwards eagerly.
TraceyLea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I was reading Robert Jordan one of my best friends, N, was reading Katherine Kerr. Not sure how long she¿d been reading Katherine Kerr for but somewhere, most likely during of our epic phone conversations, it came up that we had moved from reading the likes of Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë to a new genre, Fantasy. I suggested a swap. I have not had much exposure to the genre and was keen to read something new. I read Daggerspell in three days. I don¿t think I had ever read a book so quickly, I loved it. It pulled at my heartstrings, I hated characters, I loved characters and I was constantly surprised by the plot.Thumbing through the book, which I have so long neglected, brings back the memories of an awkward teenager, who sat in the back yard, on beach towels, drinking tea, under an umbrella, at the height of the Australian summer with her sisters rereading the story until she had a grasp on what had actually happened.The story is definitely a 5/5 stars. There are not many fantasy authors with the skill to pull off such a complicated plot and not miss a thing. This book is what a fantasy novel should be, it is concise and the characters have immeasurable depth. It is a complete story but one which continues and if you don¿t have the next book, you¿ll probably have to quickly find the car keys and drive to your nearest bookstore.
littlebookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was much more wonderful than I expected. Though Kerr tends to use unusual words with a noticeable frequency, it barely detracts from the enchanting Celtic world that she creates. I'd recommend this to any fantasy fan - I've read more acclaimed works that fall short of this novel, which I'd never heard of until my friend gave it to me as a gift. I can't wait to buy the next!
scroeser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit too generic for my taste. The story was good, as these things go, but the writing was a little too clunky for me to really enjoy it. Mind you, I suppose this is not a genre I visit often, so I'm not much of a judge.
Queensowntalia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I could not recommend this series more. The plotline is based around what is essentially reincarnation, and it jumps back and forth in time throughout the series as it follows several souls who keep reincarnating until they fulfill their wyrds, or destinies. Usually jumping around from perspective to perspective and through assorted plots annoys me, but its very well done here and each new storyline will drag you right in. Daggerspell introduces you to the primary or "present day" characters. The next few books hop back and forth between previous incarnations and what the "current" individuals are up to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous read. Made me hunger to read the sequels. Amazing author.
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Great story, great characters, very interesting belief system.
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