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~DOWNLOAD ♨ The Black Raven ♖ For the devoted followers of the dazzling Deverry and Westlands cycle, Katharine Kerr continues the magical epic saga she began in The Red WyvernThe Black RavenHer latest tale shifts effortlessly between the shattered lands of the Rhiddaer and Dun Deverry itself At the historic end of the Civil Wars, Lilli, newly apprenticed to the dweomer, fights with her untried powers to save her beloved Prince Maryn from evil Centuries later, in the city of Cerr Cawnen, the old evil awakens yet again when the sorceress Raena schemes to destroy Rhodry Maelwaedd, her bitter enemy during life after life But her malice will draw the intervention of astral powers and unleash the ravaging rage of Rhodry s guardian dragon Only another untried dweomer can buy safety for the city and the berserker himself and only at a most fearsome price I m not enjoying this group as much as the previous one Lilli is a bit mushy and Prince Merryn doesn t seem very likable. The 10th book in the Deverry series and the second novel in The Dragon Mage sequence is yet another high quality entry in this long set of epic fantasy novels As in the previous novel and I suspect perhaps may also be the case with all of the Dragon Mage sequence this book is split into two separate timeframes The majority of the novel occurs in the past and takes place in Dun Deverry near the end of the great civil war It features one of my favorite characters in the entire series, Lillo The 10th book in the Deverry series and the second novel in The Dragon Mage sequence is yet another high quality entry in this long set of epic fantasy novels As in the previous novel and I suspect perhaps may also be the case with all of the Dragon Mage sequence this book is split into two separate timeframes The majority of the novel occurs in the past and takes place in Dun Deverry near the end of the great civil war It features one of my favorite characters in the entire series, Lillorigga Lilli who is now coming into her powers with the dweomer There are some interesting and not very predictable romantic entanglements involving Lilli, the prince, and Branoic, a silver dagger who we know better as the reincarnated Jill in the future It s also nice to have the unnaturally long lived Nevyn back as a major character, a sort of Gandalf Obi Wan guiding hand for events unfolding in multiple past and future timeframes The future part of the story is less thrilling for me right now because poor Rhodry s plot line isn t really advancing much at all I sometimes get the sense that the author has to dodevelopment of things in the past to set up what will eventually happen in the future We ll see soon 9 10This installment in the Deverry Cycle spends half the book in current time and half in the past at the end of the Civil Wars Slowly, the stories from the past and connecting with the current storyline, answering seem riddles and setting new ones.Kerr s characters are fairly well developed and three dimensional, so there are times the reader wants to wring their neck as and other times one wants to cheer them on It is fascinating to compare the personalities of the characters from one inc 9 10This installment in the Deverry Cycle spends half the book in current time and half in the past at the end of the Civil Wars Slowly, the stories from the past and connecting with the current storyline, answering seem riddles and setting new ones.Kerr s characters are fairly well developed and three dimensional, so there are times the reader wants to wring their neck as and other times one wants to cheer them on It is fascinating to compare the personalities of the characters from one incarnation to another.And some characters remain ciphers Evandar and the dragon, for me If you are this far into the Deverry series you obviously like Kerr and this novel lives up to the brand As in the previous cycles, this book being in the middle of the series is low and character driven The tensions and the relationships between the characters are well portrayed The plot is very subtle and perhaps could have had a slightly clearer resolution Her style is easy but feed the fantasy universe very well Nothing spectacular in this novel but some solid groundwork has been laid If you are this far into the Deverry series you obviously like Kerr and this novel lives up to the brand As in the previous cycles, this book being in the middle of the series is low and character driven The tensions and the relationships between the characters are well portrayed The plot is very subtle and perhaps could have had a slightly clearer resolution Her style is easy but feed the fantasy universe very well Nothing spectacular in this novel but some solid groundwork has been laid for the broader plot lines Sometimes I leave off reading a book for a reason that has nothing to do with the book often it s ME related and when I do finally go back to it, I love it and race through to the end That wa the case with this one.I m finding that I m slow at starting the Deverry books as I work my way through the series, but they are all excellent once I get into reading them and I m very much enjoying the books.Again, this one, despite having sections in the present , isa book about the past and t Sometimes I leave off reading a book for a reason that has nothing to do with the book often it s ME related and when I do finally go back to it, I love it and race through to the end That wa the case with this one.I m finding that I m slow at starting the Deverry books as I work my way through the series, but they are all excellent once I get into reading them and I m very much enjoying the books.Again, this one, despite having sections in the present , isa book about the past and the continuation of the story of the Deverry Civil War The actions of characters then will have huge ripples into the future, so I m guessing the next book may bematched in past and current storytellings as we end this arc of the series.I don t know when I ll get to it, but I m sure I ll enjoy it just as much as I did this one when I got back to reading it This time we exploreof the past with Lillorigga and Maryn and Bellyra.A passionate affair and the long reaching consequences are brewing, plenty of dweommer.Rhodry, Dallandra and Jahdo are waiting for the spring, Niffa and Raena are waiting as well both for what I suspect we will find out in the next book.It is fascinating how the past and present wind together. Salamandar s story takes a turn for the worse In the meantime, Evander continues his schemes and Rhodry and Dallendra remain cooped up in the castle over the winter If anything, this is given me an appreciation for winters in times of low technology It s a good build up for the next part. The second book in the Dragon Mage sequence from Katharine Kerr Once again, we spend the majority of the book in the past, exploring Lillorigga s burgeoning dweomer power and her relationship to the various souls who she is destined to encounter again when she becomes Niffa in the future At the moment it is fairly confusing trying to keep straight who is who in both the past and the current incarnations The only person who I can really keep straight is Maddyn the bard in the past becoming R The second book in the Dragon Mage sequence from Katharine Kerr Once again, we spend the majority of the book in the past, exploring Lillorigga s burgeoning dweomer power and her relationship to the various souls who she is destined to encounter again when she becomes Niffa in the future At the moment it is fairly confusing trying to keep straight who is who in both the past and the current incarnations The only person who I can really keep straight is Maddyn the bard in the past becoming Rhodry Maelwaedd in the current , and this is due to the silver rose ring.Once again I would urge anyone interested in this book to trek right back to the beginning of the books starting with Daggerspell Kerr herself has explained that her books should be seen almost as three acts in a play, or as a Celtic knot, whereby the complicated pattern will only become clear once you have seen the whole.Although I adore spending time in the past particularly with Lillorigga, who I believe to be one of Kerr s strongest characters in this instance I became frustrated with the fact that Rhodry s story has not progressed AT ALL in two books He is still sitting in Cengarn, waiting for the longest winter in the world to end so that his plot can move forward The only times we ever visit Rhodry is so that we can be introduced to a particular storyline from the past, such as why Raena and Rhodry feel such enmity.Saying this, the book is still worthy of four stars in my opinion, because Kerr writes the past so beautifully In fact, barring the few outright mentions of dweomer or Wildfolk, this could be a very strong historical novel about Celtic times She brings to life the politics, the in fighting, the heraldry, the weaponry It is very easy to enjoy all of the little details that she adds One I would mention is the fact that the characters only know medicine and surgery as much as though living in those times for real would know So, when the princess Bellyra is suffering from postnatal depression, Nevyn talks about her humours being out of balance I also love how he ponders why some wounds fester, while others don t, and why blood can be different colours depending on where the body is cut in battle This is all matters that you would expect chirurgeons of the time to be frustrated by.Nevyn was also a deeply welcome return to the Deverry books, both in this novel and the previous During the Westlands cycle he was absent and I found Jill unable to fill his shoes Despite his massive dweomer power, he is wise and compassionate and enjoys the details of people s lives He takes apprentices willingly and with patience He is definitely one of the strongest parts of the Deverry series and it is a joy to readof him.All in all, really enjoyed this and cantered through the rather slight volume in comparison to prior books in the series Looking forward to the next Oh this one spends so much time back in the previous storyline with the King of all Deverry and fills in some gaps that at tines answer questions and often askThe main story arch doesn t move the story on much so I am looking forward to seeing what happens next.