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Sword of Fire

(The Justice War #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  86 reviews
This first novel of an epic fantasy trilogy reintroduces readers to the beloved and bestselling world of Deverry, blending magic, politics, and adventure in an unforgettable setting.

The bards are the people's voice--and their sword.

All over the kingdom of Deverry, the common people are demanding reform of the corrupt law courts. In Aberwyn, the situation catches fire when
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by DAW Books
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Dec 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2020, arc, berkley

Uh, high fantasy with human & elven magic, mayhem, and political intrigue? YES, PLEASE.

Thank you to Berkley for granting our ARC of this!

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Mark Lawrence
I've not read this yet (though I have read many others in the same world, which were great.

I was sent a copy though, and my wife - a huge Katherine Kerr fan - has read it and loved it.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superstar read

Really enjoyed read this book, a excellent character based epic fantasy and real good start to a brand new series by this author.

I have been reading her Deverry series ever since the first book was published, she’s in my 10 favourite authors of all time and I have missed reading her deverry series.

This set 100s of year in the future.

Recommended to all my Goodreads friends.
John Adams
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Finished reading it! Loved it! I'll submit a full-length review to the British Fantasy Society soon and cross post here the link to it in due course, but many thanks in the meantime to Harper Collins UK for sending me an advance review copy. ...more
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
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I screamed when I found out this was coming out.
The books about Deverry shaped so much of my Fantasy writing today and I felt the same emptiness after finishing the last one (back in 2011) as I felt after I finished the last Harry Potter book. Now February cannot come soon enough.
Mar 01, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
im really not enjoying this (the dialogue is so stilted and it's super confusing) but maybe im just an idiot so ill give it back to work and if the other girls like it, i'll give it another shot ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First a bit of a disclaimer: I've been completely in love with the Deverry series since I first discovered it in seventh grade (way back when it was only about half finished), so my five star rating is probably a bit inflated. It's still the main fantasy series I hold up as an example of my favorite fantasies. I never expected to see more from this universe after the primary series was wrapped up several years back, but I was thrilled to find out that this new book was coming.

"Sword of Fire" st
Blodeuedd Finland
I listened to this and I do confess that I do not know how to spell anything! So I will just not mention places or names for everyone cos yikes. I mean I did read the previous series and did I know how to pronounce things back then. It's like Welsh mixed with something else.

Anyway, you do not have to have read the previous series (15 books!) to get this. That series takes place 300 (and more) years before this. Now the world is closing in on the renaissance and it is such a different world than
Rating: 1.5 stars

The only thing amazing about this book was how many clichés the author could squeeze into 500 pages. That's a little harsh, but let me explain. First we have a female MC who is plain-but-beautiful, not-like-other-girls, and only-a-commoner who knows nothing about the outside world, but don't worry because it's in a cute way (so precious! Must be protected!). Naturally we then have a bad-boy-brooding-but-secretly-a-softie love interest (staring into middle distance; has The Smoul
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

I think I would love it more if I read the original series first
Traveling Cloak
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it

In the Kingdom of Deverry, bards are highly regarded as the voice of the commoner. When one of the most well-regarded bards is allowed to starve himself in an attempt to force change, the people are on the verge of revolt.

Alyssa and Dovina are two ladies of the court who side with the commoners. They have come up with a plan to retrieve an ancient text that highlights traditional law that would turn current political theory on its head.

As each traverses the Kindgom to fulfill their end o
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not an unbiased review. I adore the Deverry books and this new one is a welcome return to the world. In an amazing change for a fantasy novel progress, both social, technological and economical, has been made since we last visited. These are the logical extensions of events already chronicled by the author (I am assuming that this is also penned by Cadda Cerrmor although she is uncredited in this book). Canals and coaches have made their appearance, literacy and some education (even for ...more
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, legal drama lovers
An interesting, and slightly different, return to Deverry. Equal parts romance, legal drama, and intrigue set in Deverry's Celtic fantasy world. I think the book was very enjoyable, if not what I expected from Kerr, and that it works well as a stand-alone as a set-up for coming books.

I grew to like the characters well enough, even if the MCs are the weakest link in the story -- as such I pretty much shrugged away the romance plotlines and focused on the world. What I very much appreciate the leg
Kirsten Moody
I really enjoyed the politics in this.
People fighting for the right to a fair and just legal system.
However, I did find the character development was some what lacking and the relationships felt a tad too rushed for my preference.
It is an interesting world with dragons and magic mentioned but not at the fore front of the plot.
I believe this is the start of a series within a series, I will be interested to see where it goes next as it wrapped up pretty well if a bit anticlimactic.
Disclaimer - I
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love these books. It’s been years since the last Deverry book so I had forgotten how simple the writing is without much complexity to the plot. When I started reading I was wondering if I would still be interested since I’ve been very impatient with books lately. But once again it got under my skin and I became attached to the characters and was charmed once again. So far no idea who is a reincarnated soul from the past ( this takes place a few hundred years later and past history is forg ...more
April Wheeler
Feb 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
unfortunately this book wasn't for me. ...more
Jan 30, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
does anyone know if i can read this without reading the other 15 books before?
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Wow! This was my first book in this series! I loved loved loved the fantasy in this story! I'm going to be reading from book 1 soon! Thank you Berkley Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! ...more
Sophie (RedheadReading)
It has been fun to return to Deverry once again! You don't need to have read the other series to enjoy this one as it's set 300 years later and follows its own narrative arc. That said, there are lots of little tidbits and appearances that will make you smile if you have read the others! 
One thing I really liked about this was the increased number of women. Don't get me wrong, there have been some fantastic female characters in the original series and the cast grew as it went on, but I loved ge
Katie Whitt
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time-skip sequels (though really, this is an all-new series) in fantasy are very interesting to me, especially when the author has thought through the implications of technological, political, and economic development. Luckily, from the earlier books in the Deverry Cycle, Katharine Kerr has spent a lot of time thinking about Deverrian society changes over time (the earlier series, after all, took place across 600 or so years). For new readers, the past will provide a rich history, with the new c ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful return to Deverry

In only a few words, Deverry and its rich cast of characters, are once more brought to life.
A wonderful new addition.
Nothing else ever quite matches up to these novels. Bring on the next book.
Jun 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this better but unfortunately, I didn't. It feels like very little happens for the majority of the book. There's a lot of travelling but hardly anything of import happening. It did get better towards the end when the plot and the court intrigue pick up. I had a hard time with the names - this is the first I've read of the Deverry books - but I found them very interesting.
Alyssa's romance plotline was very rushed and felt like it was only there to serve as a plot device. Her lov
Shane Jardine
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I have been a fan of Katharine Kerr’s books since I first discovered my love of reading science fiction and fantasy, and while I like all of her books, The Deverry Cycle will always be my favorite series of hers. Since it’s been over 10 years since The Silver Mage released I thought we had seen the end of The Deverry Cycle, so I was pretty excited to find out we were getting a new book this year. I started reading Sword Of Fire the moment I got home from
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book more than I did. I got to the point where I was tired of the superior attitude of the female characters who were carefully manipulating all the male characters without damaging fragile male egos. All of this to arrange the presentation of an old book that would then cause the male authority to realize they hadn't been following tradition after all. I did like the colorful world the author created, and some of the characters were initially interesting, but fell a bit in ...more
Andrea Rittschof
I’ve been a long time reader of Katherine Kerr, having been introduced to her work in college. I love fantasy but I also love history. What made her work especially intriguing to me was her ability to weave elements of fantasy into alternative history set in a world similar to Wales and Britain. Her ability to create a unique world developed with realism and emotional stories was much appreciated when I was younger and when I heard of this new novel, I wondered if they would hold the same magic ...more
Thomas Brand
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
When you love a series, one of the biggest joys is seeing it end well. It’s bittersweet, knowing they’ll be no more. But that is exponentially better than seeing it outstay its welcome, fading away into something that diminishes the whole.

So when that a series ends, but then the author decides to revisit the world, I’m always wary. As much as I want there to be more books in the series, will they add to the brilliance of the original, or dilute it?

With Sword of Fire, Kerr manages to hit all the
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy, first-reads
This review is also posted on my blog Mad Scibrarian.

I am a brand new reader diving into the world of Deverry here at its 16th novel. It is rather accessible to new readers as it is a first book in a new trilogy set within the Deverry series and was generally easy to follow along and pick up on everything. I am fairly certain that there are historical references that seasoned Deverry readers will enjoy, but to a new reader, were not distracting in anyway and mainly showcased the fact that the w
Ray Curto
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Deverry Cycle is one of my favorite long fantasy series. Ms. Kerr created a vibrant and vivid world with interesting and flawed characters.

I was very happy to read that Ms. Kerr would be writing a new novel in this cycle.

The characters in this novel are just as interesting and flawed as the characters that are featured in the previous novels in this series. This novel takes place three hundred years after the end of the previous series.

The novel starts with the death of a highly-respected b
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
It is so lovely to be able to revisit Deverry after so long. We have brand new characters in a brand new age, several hundred years after our last visit, in places we know that have moved on. All the old elements are there, gwerbrets, intelligent young women, brave and proud nobles, silver daggers united in having been in some way disgraced, the Westfolk, dweomer (now dwimmer because the language has moved on as well).
Thy travel, fight, fall in love trade, plead surprise us just as before but wi
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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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