The thrilling new instalment in Katharine Kerr's bestselling fantasy series. / Kerr has a huge and loyal following -- one of Voyager's strongest backlists. / Eagerly awaited 13th volume in the extremely successful Deverry Cycle. / Competition: Anne McCaffrey, Raymond E. Feist, Robin Hobb
Leaving snowy Ohio for California, Katharine Kerr studied at Stanford University for a spell before dropping out to join some of the many social movements sweeping San Francisco in the 60s. She first became involved in the field of fantasy through role-playing games, writing articles for gaming magazines and authoring early quests for Dungeons and Dragons - all of which soon led her to fantasy writing, with her first Deverry novel, Daggerspell, appearing in 1986. Since then, her Deverry series has hit The Times and the Australian bestseller lists, garnering fans from around the world.
After the disappointment of Kerr's first entry in her Silver Wyrm series, The Gold Falcon (2006), part of her popular Deverry cycle, fans will welcome the author's usual intricate plotting and convoluted relationships in this second volume. Horsekin raiders, fired up by a bloodthirsty new goddess named Alshandra, are harrying the borders along the Westlands, forcing Prince Daralanteriel of the Westfolk to prepare for war. As Dar sends envoys to dwarven and human allies seeking assistance, the bard-mage Salamander frets over the fate of new-made wizards, husband and wife Neb and Branna, whose magical talents from their previous lives are now finally being realized in their current incarnations. In a lengthy flashback, Kerr lays out details of Neb and Branna's former incarnations and Salamander's history as a half-breed raised by elves before returning to the conflict with the Horsekin. Though not a good entry point for new readers, those already familiar with the Deverry setting and its complicated time lines and relationships should be satisfied. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Katharine Kerr and the Deverry novels: 'An unusually scholarly writer of fantasy' Telelgraph 'Much as I dislike comparing anything to The Lord of the Rings, I have to admit that on this occasion it's justified' Interzone 'Kerr is a master of her trade!She has created a world that might very well go on for ever, and this one reader sincerely hopes it does.' Vector 'An extensive and complete world, whose endlessly fascinating details grow book by book' Starlog