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A Time of Omens (Deverry #6)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,942 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
As the worlds of Deverry--a land of humans and elves--and the astral place where immortals dwell interpenetrate, two women--one human, the other a mage--must confront the strange and dangerous results of that union.
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published July 1st 1992 by Bantam (first published 1992)
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Debbie Jinks
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If there was a 4 1/2 star option I would have rated this book as that. It's better than the first Westlands book in my opinion, 'A Time Of Exile', but still not as good as the Deverry series.
I love the Guardians in this book they are very strong and captivating characters. The wonderful Jill will always be one of my favourite characters throughout the books. A lot of the book is centred round a strange talisman that is discovered and passed over to Rhodry. There turns out to be much evil around
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This feels like a series shaping up to be primarily about Rhodry (just as the last one was about Jill). It feels like there's more at stake in this series - i.e. we're finally seeing the fate of Elidd hinted at in the previous quartet. It's nice to see Perryn and his family make a reappearance, although (view spoiler).

The main difficulty is that the cast of characters is getting huge enough that I can't quite remember who they are any more (especial
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the return to the Civil War storyline (one of Kerr's best in terms of characterisation) and the story in Bardek in modern times featuring Marka and Salamandar (another guy royally screwed over by the dweomer). I found Rhodry's storyline less interesting with the introduction of Yraen and Carra. Still, a solid entry in the Deverry saga.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: katherine-kerr
Five stars because I love this series, but this book, for me, wasn't as good as the others. One of the story lines largely followed in this one is, in my opinion, just unnecessary and kinda stupid. Still, I'm looking forward to the rest of the books.
Nick Reys
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2011
One and one doesn’t always result in two. One: I like to read a lot of different books instead of a whole series back to back. One: I found the previous book in the series - A Time Of Exile – to be a bit of a dull affair. The result is that it didn’t took me two, but rather two and a half to three months to pick up this book. As it is the case most of the times when I am reading a book, is that I felt the urge to kick myself for not reading it any sooner. Where A Time Of Exile failed in the atte ...more
The second book of the second Deverry quartet, and this is no more than a competent entry. For some reason, despite the easy reading, it took me days to get through and I really struggled at times to muster much interest in the doings of Rhodry.

In this book he spends a number of years wandering in the Westlands, integrating himself into the lives of the Elcyion Lacar. It is, for an ex-gwerbret and ex-silver dagger, an idyllic life, which is cut short by the doings of one Alshandra (one-time love
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2017 re read
Anne Jindra
In a world filled with tropes and stereotypes, Katherine Kerr stands out, with her Westland's Cycle. She merges the old school Celtic knotted style storytelling with modern character development and gripping fantasy. The interesting thing about her series is that you can pick up any book of the fourteen and not feel like you've missed a thing.

Kerr follows the same four main figures, a star crossed couple, separated and brought together time and again by magic and destiny, a jealous former husban
Benjamin Thomas
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
This is the 6th book in the overall Deverry series but also the second book in the "Westlands" sub series. As always, it is well written with excellent plotting, settings, themes, etc. And, as is typical with a Deverry novel, we jump through time occasionally to see many of our favorite characters in reincarnated forms of themselves in different points in Deverry's history. And no doubt, several of the key plot points in this volume will be instrumental in the coming installments. I remain amaze ...more
Picked this up in the middle of the series, but was able to follow things fairly well. The overriding theme for the series seems to be on intermingling past & present. Two stories from two different time periods (in the same world) are visited, with some long-lived characters having been alive for both stories and others being the same soul reincarnated from past-selves to present-selves. As far as I could tell in this book, Kerr does a good job with tying the two timelines together without ...more
This is Book 6 in the Deverry saga, which is composed of different cycles, or parts. So, it is also Book 2 of the Westland cycle (the second cycle).

The cycles share the same characters and progress in chronological order (however with flashbacks inside of them), but focus on different plots.

A Time of Exile (Book 5, or Book 1 of the new cycle) set this new plot: a mysterious rose ring owned by Rhodry, his return to his father's people (the Elves, also know as Westfolk), and the destiny of Dalland
Apr 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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A Time of Omens, the second book of the second DEVERRY quartet, is no more than a competent entry. Despite the easy reading, it took me days to get through and I really struggled at times to muster much interest in the doings of Rhodry.

Rhodry spends a number of years wandering in the Westlands, integrating himself into the lives of the Elcyion Lacar. Jill has gone seeking the remnant of the Elven race that fled south when the Hordes destroyed their homelands. We spend a lot of time in Evandar's
Dec 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As the second book in "scene 2" of the Deverry series, A Time of Omens gives the distinct sense of building towards conflict. Unlike many of the previous books, this one ends somewhat abruptly, though in a good way, leaving the kind of loose ends that leave the reader wanting to see what happens. Kerr has also become both more parsimonious and more precise with her timeline explorations, making for a larger story arc that is more coherent and engaging. She's also firmly committed herself to the ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2013, bechdel
OK, so by the end of the book, the reason for a lot of what has been happening has been revealed. This was better than a Time of Exile as there was more substance to it, and there seemed to be reasons for people acting as they did.

The final few chapters with the advent of Carra suddenly pulled things into a sharper focus and all of a sudden piqued my interest, but to get there was through a lot of gratuitous fighting of petty lords, and a lot of unexplained goings on with the Guardians which is
Doc Opp
May 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This series is a fun 2nd tier epic fantasy series. If you're not already a fan of the genre, there are other authors who would be better to start with. If you are a fan of the genre, this is a worthwhile read. The series has some really nice characters, and some very memorable scenes. The style is sort of a mix of a Kate Forsyth and Elizabeth Haydon. Nice use of reincarnation as a method for plot development.

One warning - the publishers, for reasons that I don't entirely understand, have changed
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deverry
Volgens mij is Katharine Kerr niet in staat om een slecht boek te schrijven, maar Onheilsbode is niet één van haar beste. Er valt weinig over te vertellen. Het verhaal begint goed, zakt gedurende het (te) lange middengedeelte in en pas op het einde wordt het weer sterk. Ik schrijf het toe aan de afwezigheid van Nevin na het eerste gedeelte van het boek. Jill is niet interessant genoeg als hoofdfiguur en ik heb weinig met Rhodry. Alleen Dallandra kon me boeien en haar interactie tussen de wereld ...more
Andrew Reinke
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many years have passed since Rhodry rode as a silver dagger. However he is forced to fake his own death, lest someone discover his elven heritage. For that reason, Rhodry heads west to ride with the bright fey. Unfortunately, wyrd has a nasty habit of catching up with you.

Kerr uses flashbacks to previous lives to break up the flow of the novel. This use of syntax can create massive cliffhangers at times forcing you to put the time period you're invested in on hold.

It leaves you hanging until th
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Every time I read this I marvel at Kerr's ability to draw us in, to make the omniscient narrator so transparent that you barely notice the change in voice, and to keep Rhodry so close to the brink of madness without his tumbling over.

We're in a new incarnation cycle. Time's moving on, faster in some cases than others, and this volume more closely ties the Westlands' story into that of Deverry. Jill and Dallandra are both tracking down clues, some of which are *almost* revealed. (Readers who like
Ah, and here's where some things start getting exciting! I admit to wanting to shout, "The Horsekin are coming! The Horsekin are coming!" as I read the end.

It was killing me to find out who Yraen was to Rhodry because I refused to look at the back of the book. And then I got to the back of the book and went, "Huh." I don't know that I ever realized that before. Although I recognized Carra as soon as Otho saw her. Keeping track of all these people is getting cursed difficult, I'll say that!
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Continues the story. The guardians are getting closer to the time of entering this world, but some are not happy about it. This causes Rhodry to leave the elves and become a silver dagger again. Meanwhile Jill is looking for the meaning behind Rhodry's ring.

Another decent read in this series. There's only one short flashback her with Nevyn. I do wonder what happens next and yes, it does end on a cliffhanger. A good read.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The westlands cycle picks up pace.
Jill makes her way to find the refugee People in the far south. Rhodry returns to Deverry and takes on an apprentice, and we start to get a good look at just what the Guardians really are, and how they are stirring up events in the world.

This was a fast and easy to read book, and it is really ratcheting up the tension for the rest of the cycle. Need to start the next one immediately!
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, fantasy, 8, 2014
I know it's not much of a review, but I'm continuing to really love the books in this series. As I said in my review of the previous book, I'm at a point where I now appreciate all the interweaving stories and variations on history as I didn't in the past. I've got some other things to read before moving on to the next one, but I'm really looking forward to it.
Loomy Mišurda
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rhod Chang
Jul 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oldgoodtimes
Oh, Katharine Kerr, what a tear you went on between Bristling Wood and this book. How much I loved the Maddyn and the silver dagger troop coming to the holy city. Even if I didn't entirely buy Rhodry coming back to human lands, Yraen was more than enough consolation for it.
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I am really enjoying this series more. I do find the jumping around very confusing, sometimes. She writes well, and it is an original world, with real alignment with Old England, which I really like.
Liufen Monreal
Oklart datum. Läste den i högstadiet.
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it

Enjoying the books in this series that I didn't know about. Not a big fan of elves to begin with, but these are keeping me entertained.
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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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Deverry (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Daggerspell (Deverry, #1)
  • Darkspell (Deverry, #2)
  • The Bristling Wood (Deverry, #3)
  • The Dragon Revenant (Deverry, #4)
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