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Dawnspell: The Bristling Wood (Deverry) Paperback – May 17, 1990


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Product Details

  • Series: Deverry
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; New Ed edition (May 17, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586207414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586207413
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,861,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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We still have flashbacks of the characters' previous lives.
Isara
The way the book reads can be a bit confusing at first but as you go through them all it becomes very clear what the writer was trying to do.
Kimberly Jones
Katharin Kerr has created another classic celtic fantasy with her book, Dawnspell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EquesNiger on August 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Against the passionate sweep of Deverrian history, the powerful wizard Nevyn has lived for centuries, atoning for the sins he committed in his youth. Now, with so much of his work at stake, Nevyn discovers that the Dark Council has been quietly interfering with the already tangled politics of war-torn Eldidd. Their evil webs are nearly spun before Nevyn, with all the power at his command, even realizes there's a war of magic destroying his world.

Katherine Kerr's writing takes a bit of getting used to, but it's worth the effort. She approaches her stories with a Celtic storytelling mindset, which means she conveys events according to their significance to the story, as opposed to chronologically. Consequently, while the stories begin in the "present" (which is an elastic concept, anyway, in a fantasy setting), the events unfold, chapter wise, both in the "present" and in the distant past. This can be frustrating, at first, but Kerr's writing is heavily steeped in Pagan and Western Mystery tradition, and the Celtic setting (and mindset) of her characters means that time, or chronological time, is not essentially relevant. To be honest, I found the first book infuriating, as I spent a lot of time trying to adjust to the writing style. However, I found the story engrossing enough that I persevered, and by the second book was so hooked I've read all ten in her three series.

Kerr's story evolves around the concept of reincarnation, and unfinished business, and "karma", and fate. The same souls recur again and again, just in new bodies, over the course of the centuries over which the story unfolds.

Kerr's world is one of High Fantasy, populated by Elves, Men, and Dwarves, as well as faeries/elementals, which she terms the "Wildfolk".
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Still nothing wrong, although I'm not relishing it as much as earlier in the series. While the structure is still enjoyable, particularly where you see the threads of past and future, an epic series only works for me if it is steadily building to a stunning climax (as in the slowest of burns in Dumas' fabulous Count of Monte Cristo), or if it meanders a bit but each episode is good enough to stand alone (hard to think of any that keep up this standard - perhaps Saberhagen's Swords series, although at times there isn't really a uniting plot over some of the episodes, they just happen to be inhabiting the same world) - or if it manages to do both (which is why there's still daylight between Tolkien and everyone else).

There's some fairly tenuous things going on here as Kerr pushes Rhodry off to Bardek. Sure, it could be an interesting change of scene, but I found it a bit hard to swallow that a couple of bribes and lucky conversations managed to overcome the efforts of the entire kingdom of Deverry, backed up by close friends, the good wife, and various and sundry dweomer masters. The sub-plot around Jill's tragic seduction/ensorcelment was the only part of the book that made me forget I was reading for a while, and while potent in itself, not enough to bring me to recommend this volume except as part of the series. Maybe I need to leave it a year or two before I pick up Volume 4 (like I do with Rowling and Pratchett to maximise pleasure), which is a shame because clearly the intent is to lock me in. Hey, I want to be locked in, but this is a low security facility with day release (yes, I freely admit that this is an appalling metaphor).
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By Kimberly Jones on December 15, 2012
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I have read this series going on a third time. It is filled with such a wonderful plot. The way the book reads can be a bit confusing at first but as you go through them all it becomes very clear what the writer was trying to do. It will capture your heart and soul as you read what all the character have gone through and will go through. It is an amazingread and I would recommend it to any one that has a passion for reading.
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By Keros on April 26, 2012
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I really enjoyed all 14 (15?) books. It' great that Katherine continued to write about the world of Deverry. I will miss it.
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