Epic fantasy that has been so much a part of my life and that I hold in such high regard.
Published over the past two and a half decades, I was surprised to find no mention on FBR of this epic fantasy saga that has been so much a part of my life and that I hold in such high regard. From the first novel (which I must have read more than 10 years ago) I was hooked and my enthusiasm for this series carried me through to the very last and then moved me to tears.
Have you ever sacrificed what might have been your soul mate to walk another path? Ever wished you could put that right? Imagine you swore that you would not rest until you had done just that… that is how Nevyn comes to be a seemingly immortal wizard. The world of Deverry is unfurled around him as he searches for each incarnation of his soul mate in the hopes of bringing her to the Dweomer.
This Celtic-influence fantasy is written in a non-linear style and was started as a ‘short story’ project in 1982, when the floodgates opened. Kerr, who must now be in her late 60s, gave her die-hard fans quite a scare in the early 2000s when due to poor health her publishing rate suffered a considerable down turn. However, she recovered and has managed to tie off all the loose ends with the last two books in the cycle, The Shadow Isle and The Silver Mage, and no mean feat it was too. What is more, Kerr is still publishing (I found two new novels and ordered them today!) So let us pray for Katherine’s health and hope that there is more exciting novels to come…
You can get a copy of Daggerspell off Amazon for under £3 - try it! And decide for yourself…
The Deverry Cycle
Act One: Deverry
Act Two: The Westlands
Act Three: The Dragon Mage
Act four: The Silver Wyrm
Review by Sarah Palmer
7 positive reader review(s) for The Deverry Cycle
Naomi from Canada
This is hands down my favorite series of any genre. It's intelligent, deep, wise, fun, well-written, brilliant world-building and characters that got inside my heart and stayed there. It's like the old druid teaching tales - not just a story- it offers principles to live by, and takes you on a journey that changes how you think about the world. In particular it holds much wisdom about how patterns repeat themselves in relationships and through time.
Tammy from United States
I can't believe I'd never heard of these books until listening to Within Temptation's song Jillian. Imagine, finding a book by listening to a Symphonic Metal group. I haven't quite finished the first book yet, but I already know I love them. Again, can't believe I haven't discovered them in the 40+ years I've been reading fantasy novels. Looking forward to enjoying them all.
Kaya from France
Never mind where it ranks in the fantasy genre league tables, this series is some of the deepest, most intelligent fiction of any kind I have ever read. Brings to mind that quote from Aristotle that 'poetry utters universal truths, history particular statements.' I am just nearing the end of my third epic read-through (and it gets better each time). The Celtic knot style weaving of significance is amazing. I'm only now getting the point of many things that happen in the latter part of the series because my end-focused little brain was busy racing towards the conclusion of the linear plot on the previous read-throughs. A real gem. Thank you Katherine Kerr.
Troy from Canada
I couldn't put KK's first eight books down. I'm always surprised they are rarely mentioned in top fantasy series lists. Her system of magic is brilliant. Her Deverry is gritty and believable with a cast of characters that you can follow through their reincarnations over a violent 400 plus years. Highly recommend.
Sian from Australia
I love these books so much that I've read them til they fell apart. I even named my daughter Dallandra after the strong powerful silver mage.
David from USA
This series is, on average, very good for the first eight books, with the stories ranging from respectably good to superb. However, following the death of Jill, the stories lose momentum and seem to drag a bit. I was far more engaged by the arcs Deverry and the Westlands than by the subsequent arcs Dragon Mage and Silver Wyrm. Still, I have bought all of the books in this series, both in paperback and for my Kindle.
Sharon from Wales
Absolutely inspiring. I read them years ago and have lost the books due to child death, divorce and necessary moves. I would love to re-read them. SP
9.4/10 from 8 reviews