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The Red Wyvern: Book 1 Hardcover – 17 November 1997
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- Publisher : Harper Voyager (17 November 1997)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0002241420
- ISBN-13 : 978-0002241427
- Customer Reviews:
‘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.’
From the Back Cover
BOOK ONE OF THE DRAGON MAGE
Katharine Kerr’s Deverry novels have deservedly won her a large and devoted audience and great acclaim in the fantasy genre. Now, with 'The Red Wyvern', she opens a new chapter of the history of the kingdom of Deverry – an ideal starting point for newcomers to Katherine Kerr’s gorgeous epic, and a satisfying continuation of the saga for those readers who have followed the series through its previous incarnations.
In the North Country city of Cengarn, Rhodry of the silver daggers – half elven, half human – is beset by strange dreams. A dark haired enchantress, the Raven Woman, is haunting his sleep, and he can find no release, even in the arms of Dallandra, his lover.
Little does he know that his feud with the Raven Woman goes back over three hundred years, to a time when the very throne of Deverry stood under threat of civil war.
In those days, the young king’s cousin, Lilli, was unwillingly drawn into the web of intrigue and ambition that surrounded the scramble for power. Forced by her scheming mother, Merodda, to use her embryonic magical powers to scry for omens, she saw terrible visions: great red wyverns sweeping down from the mountains to plunge like hawks upon a herd of feeding swine…
Were these the fancies of an untrained mind ? Or omens foretelling bloodshed and disaster for the clan of the Boar ?
Katharine Kerr was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1944 to a family which considered itself British in exile far more than American. In 1962, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, and has lived there ever since. After leaving Stanford University, she worked in a number of low paying jobs while she read extensively in the fields of classical archaeology and literature, medieval and Dark Ages history, and modern fiction. Eventually she met up with an old friend from school, Howard Kerr, who loved cats, books and baseball as much as she did; they were married in 1973. In 1979 a friend gave Katharine her first fantasy role playing game. She became so intrigued with gaming and with the fantasy field that she began writing articles for gaming magazines, and for some time was a contributing editor to Dragon magazine, as well as devising gaming modules. Now, however, she is devoting herself exclusively to fiction, for the simple reason that there are only twenty four hours in a day.
“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”
“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 its justified”
“An extensive and complete world, whose endlessly fascinating details grow book by book”
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Versus Game of Thrones, Malazan and Wheel of Time this is a much happier and easier read; the world and locations are smaller, the plot less convoluted and everything follows a medium sized caste who each have their own importance in the grand scheme. It's the sort of thing you want to read when you just want to *enjoy* a book and not be taken through a mental and emotional wringer each chapter. Likewise you don't find yourself losing track of characters and locations if you put the book down for a few days. In no way does this imply Kerr's book is a lesser work - it's just written in a very different timbre.
Would definitely recommend Kerr for any fantasy fan who fancies trying something different.
Although in the grand scheme everything is linked this comes 'later' in the overall telling so if you want to understand and appreciate the key characters and events more I'd recommend reading some of her earlier novels.