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Days of Air and Darkness (Deverry #8)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  3,497 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Acclaimed author of the dazzling cycle of fantasy novels set in Deverry and the Westlands, Katharine Kerr continues her epic saga of humanity as a shift of power on the astral plane brings change to the world of men...

The city of Cengarn is under siege. Armies both astral and physical are massing for and against the goddess Alshandra, who seeks to prevent the birth of one
ebook, 432 pages
Published December 23rd 2009 by Spectra (first published January 1st 1994)
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Benjamin Thomas
This is the 8th book of the 15 book Deverry series. But since the series is sub-divided into 3 smaller series, it can also be said that this is the 4th and final novel in the middle "Westlands" series.

The novel is aptly named as it is really divided into two main sections, the first in a much lighter "airy" vein and the longer second part that deals with large scale battles and dark doings. The unique aspect of the entire Deverry series is, of course, the reincarnation plots such that characters
With this book Katharine Kerr wraps up the Westlands cycle. It is a fairly decent final book, bringing a number of ongoing stories together and finishing things decently. With that said, it felt a little soulless to me - with her first four books, Kerr made the characters come alive and I had a lot of interest in their doings. Gradually I am losing interest in Rhodry and co.

In this novel we head back in time for a time, and that section was by far the most gripping. We meet a previous incarnatio
Another (mostly) linear story line, with one past regression (but not quite a past lives thing, although I guess you could call it that). I enjoyed the past story because it was sort of like a mystery/detective/chase injected into high fantasy.

I had forgotten, though, how this one ended. And it was definitely a heart-wrencher.
This was an excellent book - quite sad and moving, but a fitting end to the Westlands cycle.

Finally we're getting back to the wonderful "Deverry cultural intrigue" that drew me to the series as a whole :) The first main part of the book is another of the flashbacks periods that Ms Kerr writes so well. We go back to Rhodry and Jill while they are walking the road as Silver Daggers. Here we get involved in dark dealings of revenge and murder, with a bit of added dweomer for spice. This was my favo
I can't believe I had forgotten to add these books to my "read" list on Goodreads!

I really enjoyed the first 2 chapters (8 books) of this looong series. The unique tapestry of souls reborn and indebted to one another is quite unlike any other fantasy I have read, there are also many beautiful stories within the larger/main one.

I never started on the third chapter because I found the premise (a connection to our world) not to my liking. Also, the lateness in the publication made me forget about i
Nick Reys
Previously, I’ve compared Katharine Kerr’s Deverry series to a rollercoaster ride, with highs and lows. Continuing that analogy, I’d have to say that we’ve been on a rise in recent books and Days Of Air And Darkness has no intention of bringing us to an early fall.

This is the eight overall and final novel in the Westlands cycle. With the city of Cergarn under a siege and Princess Carra locked up inside its walls, the tension is rising on all fronts. The mad goddess Alshandra is playing her last
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
This is the first book by this author that I have read and I really enjoyed it. It was typical fantasy fair, with epic battles, good v evil, magic and dragons...just what I like. It lost marks for a couple of things (hence a 4 instead of a 5) - one, I think the author had forgotton the cardinal rule of writing a series. Someone reading a book from the middle shouldn't have to read the rest - unfortunately, I felt a bit lost for the first few chapters, having to sort out characters and situations ...more
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With Days of Air and Darkness / A Time of Justice, Katharine Kerr wraps up THE WESTLANDS CYCLE. It is a fairly decent final book, bringing a number of ongoing stories together and finishing things decently. With that said, it felt a little soulless to me — with her first four books, Kerr made the characters come alive and I had a lot of interest in their doings. Gradually I am losing interest in Rhodry and co.

In this novel we head back in time for a while, and that section was by far the most gr
The big war is fought and concluded. Dwarves, elves, men and a dragon against a guardian and horsemen. Lots and lots of action scenes, it feels like all the other books have been leading up to this. Yes, there are still character moments, and I really liked the way the dragon developed. But be warned have hankies at the ready. A good read.
Not quite as enjoyable as the last -- and this series was definitely not quite as gripping as the previous (Daggerspell --> The Dragon Revenant). But I still love Katherine Kerr's writing; I enjoy her take on the dwarves especially (often a sore point for me in fantasy books), and I love the sudden appearance of the gay-adjacent pairing that develops here, reinterpreting one of the suggestive relationships in the previous books. Still a good book, and I look forward to reading the rest of the ...more
Great story! I just wish the next few were available in audio.
This was a decent conclusion to "scene 2"; it kept up the right amount of tension and wrapped up this segment's main points while still framing the story for its continuation in the next trilogy of books. There were a few points of poor continuity, and while the hiccoughs involve fairly minor details, it's attention to small details that makes for a smooth and believable story, so I was a little irked from time to time. Not irked enough, however, to have my enjoyment seriously diminished, so it' ...more
8th book in the series and last book of the Westlands Cycle, Days of Air and Darkness closes (kind of) the chapter of the Horsekin war developped in the previous novel in apotheosis with a big part of the story being centered on Arzosah the mighty dragoness and Rhodry's relation with her. Be prepared for some delightful scenes and dialogues ;-) Arzosah will make you LOVE dragons if that's not the case already!

This book is at the same time very satisfying and it leaves you wanting more. A great r
Well it was good. But damn it she left it open for her next series. Now I have to go read that as well! Such is life (it's actually a good thing).

But Jill, as my poor Jill. I knew it was coming but still, it made me sad. Thought I thought her reuniting with her one true was adorable and well thought out. Except Jill didn't leave behind an apprentice, that worries me :/

I guess it's on to the next series then and off to the library for me.
3 & 1/2 stars. this one was really well-organized, and a lot of stuff happened, including some big character deaths and a lot of plot wrapup. and the reader gets to know some of the more enigmatic characters a whole lot better, and see more of the Grand Design. but i dunno, seemed a bit going-thru-the-motions to me: not sure if it was writer or reader fatigue that was at fault, just saying.
Following closely after the events that unfolded in the Deverry Series, The westlands cycle continues the story and conflicts but adds new twists as we learn of new and old enemies, and the fate of Rhodry as he draws ever closer to his wyrd. Another master piece of fantasy writing and again one that I was unable to put down until finished.
Oct 27, 2009 Katherine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Deverry Fans
Shelves: fantasy, dragons, 2009
Lots of stuff happens in this book, the best book of the Westlands cycle. There's war, love, dragons, death, just about anything you could want in a fantasy novel.
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.
A little hard to get into & jumps a bit from story to story but all in all an entertaining story
Great series!
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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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