Daggerspell (Deverry Series #1)

Daggerspell (Deverry Series #1)

by Katharine Kerr

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Daggerspell (Deverry Series #1) by Katharine Kerr

“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: 464,514
Product dimensions: 4.23(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.04(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. 25 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.
littlebookworm on LibraryThing 7 days 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 7 days 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 14 days 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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Guest More than 1 year ago
After a couple of years of fantasy hiatus, because I could not find any works that did not seem hackneyed and overdone, I found my way back to the genre with Katherine Kerr's wonderful Deverry series. The imaginative way she interlinks various reincarnations of the characters is a breath of fresh air. I had this book on my shelf for a few years, and read the beginning a few times. After I forged ahead (as the beginning is somewhat slow), I found the book just melted away. I am on the second one, and the series just gets better and better. A fantasy series worthy of reinstating my faith in the genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is great book. I got it for my birthday and now i really love it. I hope you read it.Every part of this book is wonderful and the way Kerr interlinks every character past and preaent is so cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well done with excellent character and new world developement. I hated finishing the book and I am looking forward to the next three. My first read with Katharine Kerr.