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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 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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Katharine Kerr Erika, I do ineed have a new book in the works. It takes place some 200 years after the previous series ends. It's called A TALENT FOR MAGIC, at least…moreErika, I do ineed have a new book in the works. It takes place some 200 years after the previous series ends. It's called A TALENT FOR MAGIC, at least that's the working title.

Signing books by mail is oddly difficult for me -- I have trouble getting to the post office to mail them for various reasons, mostly health problems.(less)
Katharine Kerr Tolkien is certainly the biggest influence on me, as well as every other modern epic fantasy writer. Without him the genre would never have taken off…moreTolkien is certainly the biggest influence on me, as well as every other modern epic fantasy writer. Without him the genre would never have taken off the way it did. I also loved and still do all the old epics, Iliad and Odyssey, Aeneid, Beowulf, Ramayama, and so on. Favorite genre authors -- I like Tad Williams, Juliet McKenna, and Kate Elliott. A newcomer with a small output as yet is Kari Sperring. I don't read much YA. I hated being a teenager and don't want to go back there is one reason. :-) The other is my love of complicated books.(less)
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Before we go any farther in our discussion of using Western magic in fantasy writing, we need to consider an important question: what is the difference between magic and religion? For that matter, is there any difference? The devoutly religious will insist that there is. Traditionally among monotheists such as Jews, Christians, and Muslims, religion is considered to be “good” and magic, “bad.”... Read more of this blog post »
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Description: This is the opening of the first book in my new Urban Fantasy (with SF elements)series.
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Shadow Gate by Kate Elliott
" The story grows in interesting ways. Characters believed to be dead come back in interesting ways. Characters grow and change, as well. Struggles continue, and change, and grow, though not necessarily through combat. New interesting characters are... " Read more of this review »
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I read this book at just the right time, when I was dealing with a bad cold and various other annoyances and just wanted to escape. It's charming, light, and well done in the way a pavlova dessert is well-done, two slices of structured air and sugar...more
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What a puzzling book! Goodrick-Clarke was an academic, a scholar and the head of the Esoteric Studies program at a British university. He wrote several very good books before his untimely death in 2011. This particular work, however, published in 200...more
The Western Esoteric Traditions by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
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The Western Esoteric Traditions by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
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A very good, if somewhat dry in spots, historical overview of the Western "esoteric" tradition, that is, of magic systems, magical studies, and their background in historical philosophy and mysticism. The most important portion of the book is its int...more
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An intriguing concept, this magical Regency, and it's decently crafted. There are a few rough spots, such as the big action scene toward the end, but on the whole, this is a pleasant evening's read, very diverting. And the heroine ended up with the m...more
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I enjoyed about 98% of this book, though I could have done with less detail about public housing in South London. (Pedant that I am, the dog-Latin also bothered me, but then, it won't do the same to most readers.)

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“By the hairy ass of lord hell." Many characters in the Deverry Cycle Novels”
Katharine Kerr, The Red Wyvern

“I wonder if I'll ever forgive Evandar? I wonder even more if I should bother," Aderyn said.

"Of course you should," Nevyn said wearily, "but for your own sake, not his. Hatred binds a man to what he hates, and I think me you need to be free of him.”
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Black Jewell by Anne Bishop
Corean Chronicles by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Deverry by Katharine Kerr
Tales of the Flat Earth by Tanith Lee
Fortress by C.J. Cherryh
Inda by Sherwood Smith
Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
Malazon Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan
Saga of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Windrose Chronicles by Barbara Hambly

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Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
 
  11 votes 21.2%

Malazon Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
 
  10 votes 19.2%

Black Jewell by Anne Bishop
 
  7 votes 13.5%

Fortress by C.J. Cherryh
 
  5 votes 9.6%

Riyria Revelations by Michael Sullivan
 
  4 votes 7.7%

Inda by Sherwood Smith
 
  4 votes 7.7%

Saga of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
 
  3 votes 5.8%

Tales of the Flat Earth by Tanith Lee
 
  3 votes 5.8%

Windrose Chronicles by Barbara Hambly
 
  3 votes 5.8%

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
 
  1 vote 1.9%

Deverry by Katherine Kerr
 
  1 vote 1.9%

Corean Chronicles by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
 
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