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Katharine Kerr

Author of Daggerspell

53+ Works 18,804 Members 221 Reviews 59 Favorited

About the Author

Katharine Kerr was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1944. Her maiden name was Katharine Nancy Brahtin. After dropping out of Stanford University in the mid-1960s, Kerr worked in a number of low-paying jobs, including a stint at the U.S. Post Office. In 1976, a friend gave Kerr her first fantasy show more role-playing game and she became so intrigued with both gaming and the fantasy field that she began writing articles for gaming magazines. After working as a contributing editor for Dragon Magazine, as well as contributing to gaming modules for both TSR, Inc., and Chaos, Inc., Kerr turned her attention exclusively to fiction writing. Kerr is best known for her historical fantasy Deverry Series novels, published by Bantam and HarperCollins. Titles include Daggerspell, Darkspell, Dawnspell: The Bristling Wood, and Dragonspell: The Southern Sea. Kerr also developed The Westlands Cycle series for HarperCollins. Among the titles of some of those novels are A Time to Exile, A Time of Omens, and Days of Blood and Fire. Some of Kerr's other science fiction novels include Polar City Blues, Palace, and Freeze Frames and she has also edited three short-story anthologies. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Katharine Kerr

Daggerspell (1993) 2,355 copies
Darkspell (1989) 1,693 copies
The Bristling Wood (1989) 1,501 copies
The Dragon Revenant (1990) 1,387 copies
A Time of Exile (1991) 1,245 copies
A Time of Omens (1992) 1,183 copies
Days of Blood and Fire (1993) 1,142 copies
Days of Air and Darkness (1994) 1,104 copies
The Red Wyvern (1997) 1,070 copies
The Black Raven (1999) 900 copies
The Fire Dragon (2000) 814 copies
The Gold Falcon (2006) 640 copies
The Spirit Stone (2007) 489 copies
The Shadow Isle (2008) 432 copies
Polar City Blues (1991) 386 copies
The Silver Mage (2009) 369 copies
Palace (1996) 334 copies
Snare (2003) 289 copies
License to Ensorcell (2011) 229 copies
Freeze Frames (1994) 181 copies
Polar City Nightmare (2000) 173 copies
Water to Burn (2011) 125 copies
The Shimmering Door (1997) — Editor — 117 copies
Enchanted Forests (1995) — Editor — 112 copies
Apocalypse to Go (2012) 96 copies
Sword of Fire (2020) 95 copies
Weird Tales from Shakespeare (1994) — Editor — 85 copies
Resurrection (1992) 78 copies
Love on the Run (2012) 60 copies
Sorcerer's Luck (2013) 22 copies
Dragon Lords and Warrior Women (2010) — Contributor — 20 copies
Deverry: Three Tales (2014) 13 copies
Hot Water (2006) 10 copies
Sorcerer's Feud (2014) 10 copies
Dark Magicks (2013) 7 copies
Flickers (2016) 5 copies
Pet Noir 2 copies
The Bargain (1995) 1 copy
Cui Bono? 1 copy

Associated Works

Return to Avalon (1996) — Contributor — 243 copies
Sisters in Fantasy (1995) — Contributor — 158 copies
Witch Fantastic (1995) — Contributor — 122 copies
Dinosaur Fantastic (1993) — Contributor — 119 copies
Whatdunits (1992) — Contributor — 97 copies
Alternate Outlaws (1994) — Contributor — 85 copies
The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age (2004) — Contributor — 79 copies
Aladdin: Master of the Lamp (1992) — Contributor — 66 copies
Fantasy for Good: A Charitable Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 43 copies
Invisible: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F (2014) — Contributor — 31 copies
Were- (2016) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Phantom Queen Awakes (2010) — Contributor — 27 copies
Across the Spectrum (2013) — Contributor — 7 copies
Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls (2009) — Contributor — 4 copies


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Common Knowledge



I don't have a lot of patience for high fantasy, especially historically accurate medieval Welsh fantasy. Just not my cup of tea.
kittyfoyle | 35 other reviews | Nov 27, 2023 |
Resurrection, is the same story as the chapter with that name in the novel Freeze Frames
Dirk_P_Broer | Oct 30, 2023 |
Second in the Nola O'Grady books, where she lives in San Francisco with her motley extended Irish family and her new, Israeli lover/bodyguard.

The story follows on from book 1, which if you havent read (like me) it's a little hard to catch up on, but generally the story is ok. She is following up in chasing the missing members of the coven that was broken up in Book 1. Meanwhile there are entities coming over from an alternate dimension, her brother is trying to get his new radioactive girlfriend over from this alternate dimension (where she has been working as a prostitute), a new business partner of her brother in law is blackmailing him and is in far too deep. There's also a small mystery of Nola's missing Irish father, who in this book she finds out why he's missing, that he's not really as dead as everyone thought, and some of the reasons he left Ireland in the first place.

Nola has psychic powers, which now places her at the head of a really really secret agency. She is following up the other people from the coven she broke up in book 1, an investigation that leads her to more deaths, more visitations and surprises from alternate worlds. I dont know the background behind the "not wanting to eat" issue - she's not anorexic, just never seems to be hungry and is always being told to eat - and there are detail descriptions of what she's wearing (I dont know why). They seem to change clothes more often than they eat, which is a little strange (and of course, no visits to the bathroom)!
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nordie | 2 other reviews | Oct 14, 2023 |
Deze serie wordt echt steeds beter en hij begint al zo goed.
weaver-of-dreams | 11 other reviews | Aug 1, 2023 |



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