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Daggerspell By Katharine Kerr Daggerspell 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

  • Title: Daggerspell
  • Author: Katharine Kerr
  • ISBN: 9780553565218
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Daggerspell By Katharine Kerr 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 nevEven 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 righted 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.
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    1. Mark Lawrence on said:

      I first read this book over twenty five years ago and have just finished my first re reading of it.Re reading can be a troubling experience Many of the fantasy books I loved from my teens and twenties have not withstood the test of time They ve grown dated either by style and focus, or simply by the quality of the writing And of course as much as general reading tastes and expectations have changed, I ve changed too Dump a few decades on a man and that ll happen However , I m very pleased to rep [...]

    2. Carol. on said:

      Kerr s Deverry series is a classic in the epic fantasy field, and it s no surprise why World building is excellent, detailed and consistent she does an amazing job of bringing early, almost primitive, Welsh culture to life, albeit a culture with magical tendencies than our own From a village tavern to the women s hall in a lord s dun, to riding patrol through a forest, it feels earthy and real The magical system is a kind of sophisticated spiritualism that is vital to development of the plot.On [...]

    3. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) on said:

      Daggerspell is an epic fantasy novel built on the idea of reincarnation If we have failed to fulfill our destiny in one life, we are compelled to return to this life in another form to do that As I read this novel, I was confronted with my feelings about that inalienable destiny There are some people that you have in your life that seem only to bring pain and hardship, and the comfort is that when you leave this life, you leave that pain they cause you behind In this novel, that is not the case [...]

    4. Cait • A Page with a View on said:

      Uhh so I really liked the pretty setting and the idea of multiple lives buuuut totally missed the memo on how she gets raped by her brother in than one of them I m definitely not here to sit through that Plus, the writing and dialogue were kind of off They just felt unrealistic and like something a beginning or younger author would do in an initial draft So there were some promising elements in this book, but I just wasn t a fan in the end.

    5. Dani on said:

      So I m maybe 100 pages into this book and I don t know My first mistake was reading this after Robin Hobb a woman who can really suck me in I understand her characters and what they think and feel and most importantly why they make the choices they do I don t understand any of the choices these characters make The book reads like its some weird out of body experience I feel like a shadow or ghost reading about these characters I get a vague sense of their emotions sometimes but mostly its like h [...]

    6. Barry Mulvany on said:

      That was a surprisingly good book It s set in a Celtic Gallic kind of alternate world in a fairly primitive society Nobles and lords might only a have a few men at arms and a large battle involves only a few hundred people It is quite cool to see these small scale battles rather than ones involving thousands of people We have around five or six main POV characters, from nobles to mercenaries to healers What is really interesting is that in this world people have a Wyrd , a kind of fate that they [...]

    7. Tatiana on said:

      The Deverry saga is a long fantasy saga, but the great thing is that the it is organized in cycles, the first one being the first 4 books The Deverry cycle And at the end of a cycle, you get a real ending.So if you hesitate to buy this book, thinking that you ll have to wait too long to know the end, don t You ll have a real ending at the end of book 4.The story is set in an alternative 11th century, Kerr imagining a celtic culture having survived and evolved into the Middle Ages thanks to a gro [...]

    8. Helen on said:

      One of the things I enjoy about this is the vocab It s just so Welsh, reminds me of home.Characters have been set up, action started and appetites whetted Initially, the time changes were confusing but you quickly get to grips with this Part two to follow.

    9. Benjamin Thomas on said:

      This is actually a re read for me I had read the first two books in this series way back, probably over 25 years ago At that time I was a neophyte when it comes to reading fantasy fiction and I don t remember liking either book very well They were complicated than the easier to read Dragonlance style stuff I was into at that time and I think I had built up a sort of negative attitude towards them But over the years, through one form or another, I have accumulated the entire series with the idea [...]

    10. Amanda on said:

      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 Brang [...]

    11. Stine on said:

      Ehmm A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and now I regret reading it This book really wasn t my type of book Not that I have a particular type, but this just isn t it.First I have to confess that the only reason I finished this book, was because I went on a trip and hadn t thought of bringing than one book This is something I deeply regret Why The story in itself isn t all that bad, I find the overall plot quite intriguing actually, but not all the politics in this book Frankly I was [...]

    12. Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen on said:

      Ohhhh.yippeee Another epic fantasy series that I can get into Wonderful world building and I love how it flips back and forthd the premise of the book So freakin unique and out of the box I have been having such a hard time trying to find a decent epic high fantasy that isn t one dimensional and with a female protagonist I honestly think I read them all until I came across this series

    13. Beth on said:

      I read this with a reading group and so have done a fair amount of pondering and typing about it already, so this review will be shorter than my usual.The main thing I can say about it that I haven t elsewhere, is that Ms Kerr s reach and her grasp are near perfectly matched How often do you think I can see what he she was trying to do, but I did not have that thought at any point reading this novel I was especially impressed with how lean the writing is Not in the sense of being sparse or lacki [...]

    14. Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship on said:

      This book came highly recommended, so I m sorry to say that despite its strengths, it has not inspired me to seek out the 15 sequels.For a fantasy novel first written in the 80s, this has aged reasonably well, though not so well as another recent find of mine, the wonderful The Ladies of Mandrigyn Daggerspell is listed as epic fantasy, though there s no than a hint of an Enemy as opposed to a mere antagonist in this volume While Kerr incorporates some old fashioned elements I can t remember whe [...]

    15. Ruth Macleod on said:

      Book 1 of 15 in total, the first in a long series it has a lot to live up to and a lot to accomplish, however it did just that Daggerspell is probably one of my favourite books in this series as well as a favourite in general Set in a sort of celtic time the world Katherine Kerr has created is both detailed and thoroughly real, you can immerse yourself in the culture seamlessly and the way she describes things such as the magic and peoples past lives is wonderfully detailed but still understanda [...]

    16. I'm Booked on said:

      I really enjoyed this book After reading epic fantasy series by Goodkind, Jordan and Martin I was burnt out by the genre It seemed like every new book that I tried paled in comparison to the GOT series Luckily, a fellow lover of fantasy recommended that I check out this series and I m very glad that I did I enjoyed it so much that I felt that I had to pay it forward, in the hopes that someone else might read these words and decide to pick up one of the best fantasy novels that I ve read in YEARS [...]

    17. Carly on said:

      I didn t finish this book, so I can t rate it I got approximately 75% of the way through, and it is actually revulsion for aspects of the plot that caused me to stop.Books whose major themes are rape and incest bother me.This is a book in which the major characters are reincarnated over and over, typically as family members, and each time they are reincarnated, rape, murder, and or incest results, from brother sister to ughh father daughter Reincarnation is an interesting idea, but I don t reall [...]

    18. Sarah Mac on said:

      Eh It s alright The Deverry universe is essentially Celtic reincarnation role play fantasy, complete with elves gnomes, though it also borrows heavily from standard Tolkien tropes Some parts were good, other parts tedious as hell The magic the cheesy elvish stuff was fine frankly, I m surprised how many people are put off by the bad karma incest y all so squeamish, it s like Shakespeare than George RR Martin P But the MCs were flat, the pacing was awful, the lack of chapters made boring scenes [...]

    19. kaśyap on said:

      An interesting start to an epic fantasy series The setting is a very well realised Celtic Gaulish world It follows a set of characters over centuries through their various rebirths and one character who lives through the whole period Its pacing is not in a linear time.I felt that Except for Nevyn and Brangwen Jill the other characters haven t been very well realised Especially Rhodry who seems to be some kind of prophesised saviour comes off as very annoying and childish Nevyn and Brangwen s tal [...]

    20. Mark on said:

      It has been 16 years since I first picked up the first Deverry novel, DaggerSpell, and here in am, 16 years later, about to finish the fifteenth and final one.Has the journey been worth it Yes Was the wait too long Yes.I would not recommend anyone starts reading the Deverry cycle unless they intend to read them all, as the macroscopic story is at least as important as the microscopic ones, and as such I am reviewing the books as a set.I almost give them 4 stars excellent but in the end I am not [...]

    21. James Latimer on said:

      Loved the classic nature of this story, with real echoes of Celtic Britain and some interesting twists of its own Also loved the fact that it was fantasy for adults, unlike some of its contemporaries Feel this is now completely overlooked and underrated, which is a shame.

    22. Kathi on said:

      9 10Magic, reincarnation, romance, battles, betrayals, and a definite Celtic feel to the story what could you ask

    23. Allie on said:

      For the love of God whhyyy I made it to page 101 Everything about this book sounded good to me, and it was good, up until the view spoiler incestuous act Holy fucking PUKE That s a subject that makes me cringe hide spoiler No Just NO.

    24. Megan on said:

      What better way to start off the new year than with a re read of my favorite fantasy series It is so great getting back to spending time with the characters I ve loved for years Daggerspell is a wonderful start to the long running and many volumed series that leaves you wanting and and .Back when I was in high school, I picked up The Fire Dragon without realizing that it was book 11 in this series I started reading it and was all, Who are these people What is going on Why don t I get this Then [...]

    25. Scarlet on said:

      Daggerspell is a very promising book, whether it meets the expectations or not is totally up to the person reading, for me I m afraid I liked the book at the beginning, but started to lose interest later.I liked the timing of the story, while some people may not like it I absolutely loved the past present switch, I actually got upset when it stopped, the notion of incarnation was also well played in the book.The characters on the other hand weren t as good, my favorite character would have to b [...]

    26. Férial on said:

      At first, when I started this read, I feared it would be something like J.Vance s Suldrun s Garden At least, as far as the writing and the abrupt way of telling the story were concerned Yes Feared is the word I am sorry to say that I didn t like Vance s style.But, there was no need to fear This book was something different and gradually, I started to relax.I have loved Daggerspell The story is based on 5 characters whom we follow through their different reincarnations 3 so far Something tragic h [...]

    27. Misha on said:

      I had mostly eschewed reading fantasy novels before this one, unless it was written for younger readers, such as The Chronicles of Narnia or Susan Cooper s The Dark is Rising series About the only exception I made for fantasy written for adults was Roger Zelazny s stuff because he didn t use the stock fantasy characters such as mages, elves, etc I can t recall what it was that made me pick up this book I think it was that I had a good friend who loved fantasy and I wanted to understand what it w [...]

    28. David Shaw on said:

      Welcome to the world of Deverry, where the lives are made up and the points don t matter I presume if you re reading this you already know the synopsis of the book, so I won t bore you by rehashing it I simply wanted to state, as a huge, huge fan of the Deverry series, please don t be put off by the fact the series is 15 books long While all the books do take place in the same land, the series is split into story arcs of three or four books each You will see recurring characters and places, but [...]

    29. Kate on said:

      Alright I admit to reading the whole series and owning a fair chunk of them as well I know its not the stuff classics are made of and well not really high brow intelligent mind expanding stuff Whatever it makes for great bedtime reading.Over the years I have enjoyed returning to lands beyond boarders with shape shifter type elves who weave in and out of years and dimensions Along with some magical age defying humans in cold drafty castles that have special dweomer power plotting and fighting the [...]

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