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Fantasy
Author: Katharine Kerr
ISBN: 0553290126
Subcategory: Fantasy
Pages 528 pages
Publisher Bantam Spectra Fantasy (June 1, 1994)
Language English
Category: Fantasy
Rating: 4.3
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eBook Days of Blood and Fire - A Novel of the Westlands download

by Katharine Kerr


Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). This is the second title I have bought that is riddled with errors to do with the conversion process to a digital format. About halfway through the book I started to put in highlights and footnotes whenever I discovered these and there were over 60 of them.

Start by marking Days of Blood and Fire (The Westlands, as Want to Read . Just like the previous book, this one is setting up everything to come to an end in the last Westlands novel, but takes quite a different approach to things

Start by marking Days of Blood and Fire (The Westlands, as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Just like the previous book, this one is setting up everything to come to an end in the last Westlands novel, but takes quite a different approach to things. Everything’s coming together for the final battle and if there is one thing that this book did well, it is making me excited for the big finale.

Her novels of Deverry and the Westlands. Vague boyish rumors of blood and the phases of the moon made Jahdo blush as hard as his sister. He slung the basket onto the table and ran into the bedchamber. At one end of the narrow room lay the jumble of blankets and straw mattresses that he, his elder brother, and his sister slept upon, while at the other stood the maze of wooden pens, strewn with more of the same straw, where the ferrets lived.

Kerr's latest fantasy novel of the Westlands continues the story begun in A Time .

Kerr's latest fantasy novel of the Westlands continues the story begun in A Time of Omens (1992). A young boy and a blind bard journey to the land of Deverry, home of the ancient conquerors of their people, in fulfillment of an oath-and find themselves swept up in a war to save their ancestral.

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A Time of War: Days of Blood and Fire is another of Katherine Kerr's wonderful novels of Deverry and the Westlands

A Time of War: Days of Blood and Fire is another of Katherine Kerr's wonderful novels of Deverry and the Westlands. It is a classic celtic fantasy, full of reincarnation, dweomer (magic), and more. Jahdo, a ratcatcher's son from north of Deverry, volunteers to travel with Meer, an eyeless bard of the people known as the Horsekin. Jahdo's decision pulls him into a web of dweomer and war, preventing him from returning to his parents.

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a novel of the Westlands. Published 1993 by Bantam Books in New York. Fiction, Deverry (Imaginary place), Westlands (Imaginary place). In the peaceful land of the Rhiddaer, Jahdo the ratcatcher's son stumbles upon a secret meeting between a city council man and a dangerous, mysterious woman. Suddenly the boy is tangled in a web of intrigue and black magic that drags him far from home

Books related to Days of Blood and Fire. More by Katharine Kerr. The Westlands (Book 3).

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In the peaceful land of the Rhiddaer, Jahdo the  ratcatcher's son stumbles upon a secret meeting  between a city council man and a dangerous,  mysterious woman. Suddenly the boy is tangled in a web of  intrigue and black magic that drags him far from  home. In the company of a blind bard, Jahdo must  travel to Deverry to unravel the evil that binds  him. But there the boy is caught up in dangers far  greater than he has ever known. Two powerful  sorcerers--one human, the other elven--are battling to  save the country from a goddess gone mad. Their  strongest ally is the mercenary soldier Rhodry  Maelwaedd, a berserker bound to both women by fate and  magic . . . and to the dragon upon whom all their  live may depend. Days Of Blood And  Fire begins an exciting new chapter in the  chronicles of Deverry and the Westlands, with a story  suited to new readers and loyal fans  alike.
Cerar
I love every one of Katharine Kerr's Deverry Series, but this one is one of my favorites. Love reading more about the history of the lands and it's inhabitants.
Rishason
Once again Kerr has unfolded a marvelous tale of magic and epic adventure. Her use of true historical references as well as new and fresh outlooks on fantastical creatures such as the elves and dragons is quite masterful in my opinion. I find this series as a whole on a level with Tolkien’s lord or the rings and if I’m honest I much prefer it over Tolkien’s long winded and difficult story telling.
Micelhorav
Others before me have reviewed this book excellently and like them I would agree that Katherine Kerr is a rewarding novelist to read. This review is really focused on the kindle edition and the problems therein. This is the second title I have bought that is riddled with errors to do with the conversion process to a digital format. About halfway through the book I started to put in highlights and footnotes whenever I discovered these and there were over 60 of them. They ranged from the banal - a common one being an added hyphen or "die" instead of "the". But in some cases were highly distracting from the flow of the book. I really had to stop and think what the word should have been.
This really distracts from the enjoyment of the story. A great shame.
The other factor to bear in mind with this kindle edition is that the chapters are very long. If you accidently move to the next chapter you have to spend a long time pushing the page turn button to get back to your place. A real pain. Breaking this down into smaller sections would be helpful indeed.
Gavirus
I was happy to find this book on Amazon. It is part of a series and without it I would have missed a lot of information to keep up with the story in the other books in the series. I love Katharine Kerr's incredible stories that are somewhat historical but also great fantasy making one understand our European background much better as well as the "magical" in our world. Very entertaining and mind expanding.
Ranicengi
I really loved it but it never finished what is the next book I don't know ? But I am going to really look forward to the next book
Yggfyn
good
Ylonean
It's said that J.R.R. Tolkien invented an entirely new genre, "Sword and Sorcery," by creating The Lord of the Rings, and that fully 30% of all fiction books published today fall into that genre. In truth, Tolkien breathed life back into old Northern European myths about Elves and Dwarves and Trolls. The good Professor, an Oxford Don whose specialty was Philology, would be proud of Ms. Kerr, who puts her own fascinating and lively spin on the old myths.

The prolific Katharine Kerr taps into the ancient Celtic traditions to create the world of Annwn (literally meaning "Nowhere" in Welsh), an incredibly detailed, incredibly graphic land of the imagination filled with lost mountains, far valleys, and towns and villages whose denizens, most unknowingly, exist in a world filled with "Dweomer."

"Dwimmer," meaning "magic" or "sorcery," is an ancient English word, probably derived from the original Brythonic language spoken by the Celtic Britons in pre-Roman times. Likewise, "cwm" or "coombe," meaning "valley," appears only on Great British maps, the first variant being Welsh and the other Old English. "Weird" is a modern English word which means "bizarre," but it derives from the earlier word "weirding," a term applied to occultists who were supposedly able to alter fate.

In keeping with ancient Celtic beliefs, Kerr crafts her epic in the form of an Eternal Knot. Theoretically, every tale she tells is the beginning, the middle, and the ending of the story, so that beginning the series with Days of Air and Darkness, book number eight, (alternatively titled A TIME OF JUSTICE in Great Britain) should bring you to DAYS OF BLOOD AND FIRE.

Though DAYS OF BLOOD AND FIRE is book three of "The Westlands Cycle," the second cycle in the fifteen book Deverry saga, it's very clear that Kerr was uncertain what direction the saga was to take at this point. DAYS OF BLOOD AND FIRE is book number seven in the saga, and in one of the blurbs is described as "the first book in a new trilogy." Is there a trilogy hidden within the quindecimal saga? The hidden trilogy's name ultimately became the book's alternate U.K. title, A TIME OF WAR.

DAYS OF BLOOD AND FIRE's formatting differs from the rest of the saga to this point as well, since the book is divided into numbered chapters titled, strangely enough, given Deverrian antipathy to the 'Rhwmanes,' in Latin.

Kerr's representational humans are descendants of European Continental Celts (Gauls), an historic people made up of numerous tribes who were decimated and dominated by the Roman legions commanded by Julius Caesar, circa 50 B.C. According to Kerr's mythology, the tribe living in the invented Gaulish Kingdom Devetia Riga was somehow magically transported to Annwn, where they established the Kingdom of Deverry.

The Deverry books concern the life stories of Jill, the heroine of the saga. What Jill does not know is that her life is inextricably bound up with that of the Dweomermaster Nevyn. Long ago, Nevyn was once Galrion, a Prince of the Realm, but youthful impetuosity led to his exile, and more importantly, to the deaths of several innocent people including his royal fiancee, the Princess Brangwen, who is now reincarnated as Jill. Brangwen's tragic death caused Nevyn to take a rash vow---to live until he had undone all the wrong he'd caused. As DAYS OF BLOOD AND FIRE opens, Jill is at the peak of her powers as the greatest human Dweomermaster.

Kerr tells the long tale of Brangwen and Galrion in what amounts to a series of short novelettes-within-the-Deverry-novels, which now number fifteen. Along the way, Kerr fleshes out her colorful, lively universe, which is populated not only by the Deverrians, but by Elves and Dwarves, among many other beings.

DAYS OF BLOOD AND FIRE is, like The Dragon Revenant, a story told entirely in the "present" without the preincarnation flashbacks or reincarnation flashforwards typical of the saga. Kerr's characters are born, die, and are reborn time and time again, as they work out their incredibly complex interlinked karmic "Wyrds".

Despite some flaws, DAYS OF BLOOD AND FIRE is a tightly-written, exciting and enjoyable, internally consistent and intricately detailed story written in a highly cinematic style that Kerr makes her own.

As for the flaws, let us just say that Kerr is not a great stylist, but she's a damn good straight-on storyteller. Her failings as an authorial stylist become more evident in DAYS OF BLOOD AND FIRE. An attentive reader, particularly one who is reading the books in sequence, will discover descriptive paragraphs spotted here and there that were lifted whole from earlier volumes. And while a description of a Dweomer technique, for example, might not really change from book to book, Kerr would have been a bit more respectful of her audience if she took that little bit of extra time necessary in this vast and sweeping epic to reorder sentences or replace an adjective or two. Still, all in all, its a failing many readers might not notice at all.

Additionally, Kerr's introductions of new characters, and particularly new races, always seem to have an odd sense of afterthought about them, and in DAYS OF BLOOD AND FIRE, she drops an entirely new world on us with little foreshadowing (another indication that she had reached an undecided turning point in the saga). The book opens with our introduction to Jahdo Ratter, a boy of the Rhiddaer, a land roughly adjacent to Deverry's Arcodd Province, and populated by the descendants of Deverrian serfs who fled the kingdom during the Time of Troubles.

And so, vertiginously, we suddenly discover that 'Taer Angwidd,' the presumptively empty northern 'Unknown Land' on Deverry maps, is teeming with very nearby humans, dwarven metropoli, dragons, and the fascinating race of the horsekin, troll-like humanoids who have the psychic ability to communicate with horses (much like the not-quite human Lord Perryn of an earlier episode).

The horsekin (whose name reminds me, I apologize, of a vestigial body part), are divided into the Gel Da'Thae, a cosmopolitan race, and the "wild" horsekin of the plains, called Meradan (demons) or "The Hordes" by the Elves, and who behave like the Mongols' Golden Horde of old.

DAYS OF BLOOD AND FIRE continues the uninterrupted story of Princess Carramaena begun in the epilogue to A Time of Omens. Carramaena is the human wife of the Elven Prince Daralanteriel. She is pregnant with their child, the soul of whom belongs to one of the members of the race known as The Guardians. Facing extinction in their alternate dimension, The Guardians have decided to attempt to be born into the world of matter and form.

Not all Guardians want to share this fate, and one, Alshandra, has appeared to Men and Horsekin as a goddess, demanding that Carramaena be killed. Carramaena and her unborn child are now trapped in the besieged Deverrian city of Cengarn. The only way to lift the siege of Cengarn is for Rhodry Maelwaedd to seek out and form an alliance with the dragon Arzosah Sothy Lorezohaz.

Rhodry continues what has become an ongoing character metamorphosis: Once Rhodry Maelwaedd, a human ruler, he was exiled by his brother. Becoming Rhodry of Aberwyn, a mercenary Silver Dagger, he was ultimately captured by his enemies and enslaved, with the name Taliaesyn. Rescued from slavery, he discovered his Elven roots as Rhodry ap Devaberiel. He has now become allied with the Dwarves who give him yet another new name, Rori, and set his feet on the path to finding the dragon.

If you haven't read Katharine Kerr's "Deverry" books, you will find that very, very unlike Tolkien's Middle Earth, Annwn is rather tumbledown and casually violent. The stink of horse manure fills the air of the towns, roadside inns crawl with lice, ale, the universal drink, is dipped from open barrels (flies and all), drunken men with swords go to war over herds of pigs and cows or an inflated sense of ego disguised as honor, rape and robbery are commonplace, illegitimate children, though scorned, are ubiquitous, and the Deverrian tongue is replete with curses, most of which cannot be reprinted here. Kerr seems to delight in coming up with more and more outrageous expletive phraseology, my favorite of which is, "By the scaly underside of a dragon's ... !"

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote like the restrained University Don he was. Middle Earth has the vertical intellectual airiness of the dreaming spires of Oxford. Kerr writes like the Rust Belt native that she is. Working-class Deverry spills horizontally off the pages in an entertaining flood, which is why it took fifteen full novels to tell the tale.

The plotline of the Deverry books is straightforward rather than rococo, with just a few curves here and there. There's not a lot of mystery here, not a lot of unanswered questions, and any resolution of suspense tends to be pretty much what you'd predict. In the end, the reader has to keep track of more than enough incarnations and karmic twists that the addition of diversionary plot elements probably would have had the average reader screaming.

As this reviewer stated earlier, Kerr is not a stylistic author, but she's an excellent, nay, damn good, storyteller. And if you're visiting Deverry, that's what you'll find. A damn good story that you can enjoy.