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The Red Wyvern (Deverry #9)

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On a misty lakeshore, a lost huntsman encounters a magic-touched realm. In a stark Northlands settlement, a peasant girl hears whispered omens, and a sorceress bargains with astral beings. All three are caught in a cauldron of fate and magic that has simmered for many lifetimes. For long ago, in a Deverry torn by civil war, young Lillorigga seeks to shield her dawning powe...more
Paperback, 381 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Spectra Books
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Ruth
c1997. I feel pretty ashamed of myself for not liking this book. Before this review, I re-read the book hoping that a bit of time would have changed my opinion (sometimes, I am influenced by mood, what has gone before, workload **gosh - no! never!!***). Sadly, not the case. Perhaps it is because I am never quite comfortable with the "re-incarnation" plot device or perhaps it is just the names. The writing is good, the world building is excellent - it is just the other major components of the tal...more
Elise
Feb 05, 2010 Elise rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: No body
Recommended to Elise by: Unfortunately, myself
I couldnt finish this book.... it just didnt keep my attention
Iben
The Red Wyvern tells the story of a civil war in the land of Deverry. A war that has been going on for many, many years, and this has taken its toll on the land. No longer can the would-be-kings bring as many men to war, and no longer can they command the loyalty they used to.
One of the main charectors, Lilli, is hoping that the war will soon end and that her family makes a good marriage for her. However she is burdende by her mother's constant insistance that she looks for omens for her, an ex...more
Mark
It has been 16 years since I first picked up the first Deverry novel, DaggerSpell, and here in am, 16 years later, about to finish the fifteenth and final one.

Has the journey been worth it? Yes. Was the wait too long? Yes.

I would not recommend anyone starts reading the Deverry cycle unless they intend to read them all, as the macroscopic story is at least as important as the microscopic ones, and as such I am reviewing the books as a set.

I almost give them 4 stars (excellent) but in the end I am...more
Amanda
This is the first book in a new cycle of novels set in Deverry by Katharine Kerr, and as such new readers can start out at this point. I would recommend vehemently, though, that they do not since a number of storylines from prior novels come together or are referenced in this novel.

For the first time we drift in time forwards rather than backwards, albeit for a short time, when we discover that Haen Marn is adrift in time as well as space. A soldier from a more modern Scotland is cast into the m...more
Fantasy Literature
The Red Wyvern is the first book in a new cycle of novels set in Deverry by Katharine Kerr, and as such new readers can start out at this point. I would recommend vehemently, though, that they do not since a number of storylines from prior novels come together or are referenced in this novel.

For the first time we drift in time forwards rather than backwards, albeit for a short time, when we discover that Haen Marn is adrift in time as well as space. A soldier from a more modern Scotland is cast...more
Broodingferret
As the first book of "scene 3", The Red Wyvern spends most of its time setting up background; most of the book is set in the "past", during the time of Deverry's 100 year civil war, and it's the actions taken during this time by a number of characters that set into motion the interweaving of fate that influences the story that takes place in the series' "present". This book does a good job of quickly catching the reader's attention and holding his or her interest, making it a good lead-in for th...more
Cris Holdorph
This book continues the pattern of the other Deverry novels. Even though, the book is the start of the "Dragon Mage" series of books, it picks right back up, telling yet another story in the past using some characters we know and adding new characters that are about to become important in the present timeline.

There are other Deverry novels I liked more, but definitely some I liked less. You'll like this one if you liked any of the others. This book does not bring anything new to the table though...more
Tatiana
Delightful book! Just like Days of Fire and Blood, this is one of my favourites in the series.
The Red Wyvern starts the new Dragon Mage cycle (made of 3 books). It begins on a surprising and I thought fascinating prologue that adds a LOT to the series' mythology, while most of the story will revolve around the end of the civil war in Deverry in the 9th century. It is therefore the occasion to reconnect with old characters while various elements will help shed light on current situations.

I simpl...more
Vohumanu
She's a good, practised author, but... This book doesn't have as much going for it as the earlier series. The drama is interesting, but it seems less is happening. Also, she used to used parallel editing between past lives, but now it's long blocks of story in one particular time. So where before you were holding your breath to see what effect a past relationship would have on another, here you're just following a single storyline.
Kate
Oct 29, 2009 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Deverry Fans
Shelves: fantasy, 2009, dragons
A good book, this book spends a lot of time on the long-running series theme of the old war, and how some of it's characters are in newer incarnations, and what effect that has. I had a hard time putting this one down.
Robin
Okay, I admit it. I am totally hooked on the whole series. Some of the books are better than others but still... they all get a 5 star rating from me.
Tari
I'm so glad that I've been re-reading this series! Age can play tricks with memories & it's been a treasure rediscovering this truly great series!
Dhoulmagus
At first glance I didnt like it at all, but there were some cool parts with the magic called dweomer.
Anja
Gave up too boring, too confusing.
Pioden
Deverry Bk 9 (Dragon Mage 1)
Annie
Great series!
colleen
read 04.02.98
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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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