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If you like celtic fantasy, you should read the series that starts with this book
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 5, 2018
This is a review for the entire series. Note that I am only on book 6, so I have a ways to go to form an opinion on Ms. Kerr's full body of work. It took some time to get comfortable with the Deverry series. For me, I trudged through Daggerspell (which I think I read about 30 years ago...) then picked up Darkspell to see if I bonded with the storyline. The reason is that Daggerspell was meant to be the set up book for the series, so not a whole lot happens in the book. In fact, entire chunks are taken up with re-introducing the previous incarnations of the main characters. As a result, you end up meeting characters that you will never see again in the series (which isn't true, but you need to read the books to know what I mean). However, once you get to Darkspell, then the holistic story starts to reveal itself and the character development pays off.
I'm a fan of Kurtz, Brooks, Eddings, Herbert, and other "epic" storytellers, and Kerr is just as good (in her unique way) as them all.