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The Red Wyvern (The Dragon Mage, Book 1)


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Born in Ohio, 1944. Moved to San Francisco Bay Area in 1962 and has lived there ever since. Katharine Kerr has read extensively in the fields of classical archaeology, 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.


Kerr returns to her historical fantasy series about Deverry and the Westlands (Days of Blood and Fire, LJ 6/15/93; Days of Air and Darkness, LJ 6/15/94). Lillorigga, a young girl with magical powers to foretell the future, is forced to use them to her scheming mother's advantage. Secretly taught to control these powers for herself, Lillorigga must balance competing needs in this tale of Celtic palace politics and murder. While Kerr's thorough knowledge of Celtic lore shines throughout the novel, a reader new to the series should read the preceding books to understand references to earlier events. For collections where the series is popular.

`An unusually scholarly writer of fantasy.'

`Much as I dislike comparing anything to THE LORD OF THE RINGS, I have to admit that on this occasion it's justified.'

`An extensive and complete world, whose endlessly fascinating details grow book by book.'

Set in Kerr's fantasy land of Deverry (Daggerspell, etc.), this launch of the Dragon Mage series imagines an archetypal clash between Good and Evil, unleashed in the forms of the astral Lords of Harmony and Havoc. The plot is woven from three chronologically distinct story lines. The atmospheric outer line, set beside Loch Ness in an unspecified medieval winter, shows the Lord of Harmony sheltering a lost hunter on a magical island. In the second story, a poor but Sighted girl of Deverry's year 1116 is caught up in the wicked Raven Woman's occult dealings with the Lord of Havoc. The wordy bulk of the novel finds its adolescent heroine, Lillobrigga, in the Deverran year 849, when the forces of Deverry's pathetic boy-king, led by Lili's parents‘earlier versions of the Raven Woman and her brother-lover‘are threatened by the rebel armies of Prince Maryn. Suffering when loyalty to her clan collides with duty to the truth, Lilli masters her burgeoning supernatural powers under the tutelage of Maryn's master magician to bring peace out of chaos. Sketchily linking the three narratives is Evandar, Lord of Harmony, who seeks to thwart the disruptive aims of his brother Havoc. This coming-of-age tale, which is strongly dependent both on previous series installments and on Kerr's amorphous theory of "thought forms," dangles so many loose threads that the entire fabric threatens to unravel time and again. Sadly, the storytelling magic promised by Kerr's Celtic trappings never comes to fruition. (Nov.)

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