Friday, 13 July 2018

Audio: Daggerspell - Katherine Kerr


My thoughts:

I loved this series long ago, though I never did finish it cos the library never did get them all. I jumped at the chance to review the audiobook to get back into this world. I did not remember everything (srsly it was years ago, I read them in Swedish so I had to be like 11-13.) I loved Rhodri and I wanted him and Jill to be together foreeeever. That is all I know.

In the present we have Nevyn, an 400 year old "mage" who travels the land trying to right a wrong. This time (being older and all), I really got Nevyn. All he wanted was to finally after so long get it right. But every time something comes in his way. Poor old guy. 

Then there is Jill who grows up on the road with her father Cullyn, a silverdagger (merc). Jill, I did see issues with her this time around. In her past lives everyone just falls for her. But, no, she is not perfect. I kept wondering why they can't find their own soulmates instead. I do like Jill, she was naive in a good way. Sweet and strong.

Then there is Rhodry, man, I bookcrushed on him in the olden days. Being older and wiser I see him in a different light. A spoiled lordling who likes to fool around with the lasses. But he does grow in the book and I respect him at the end.  And you can not fight destiny.

Oh and then there is Cullyn...what on earth did I think about him in the olden days? *cringes* *past lives horrors* Here he is a good man, but yeah, you have to read it. This past life stuff does take dark turns.

They all come together at one point when the fighting begins. Something is rotten in the state of Deverry.

Then there are the past lives. In this book we get two. The story that started it all. A brother and sister, both engaged, then everything starts to unravel and there will be death. I always liked this story. It is dark and yes the prince is to blame, or is he. I do feel like the blame could be put on another ahole and not the one one would think.

The other past lives takes place after this one. Everyone is reborn and the souls are still angry...

Sometimes I think the past lives drama are the most interesting. Cos there is drama, passion and death.

One thing missing in the audiobook is the who was who. I did miss that. I remember constantly checking when I read them.

Conclusion:
Awww, it was so lovely re'reading this book in a way. Re'listening. I felt happy getting to know them all again. It may be over 30 years old but it still works.

Narrator: Ruth Urquhart
I do like her! She fits really well and her accent works in this "Celtic " fantasy. I like how young she made Jill be. And everyone else too

Blurb:
Even as a young girl, Jill was a favorite of the magical, mysterious Wildfolk, who appeared to her from their invisible realm. Little did she know her extraordinary friends represented but a glimpse of a forgotten past and a fateful future. Four hundred years—and many lifetimes—ago, one selfish young lord caused the death of two innocent lovers. Then and there he vowed never to rest until he'd rightened that wrong—and laid the foundation for the lives of Jill and all those whom she would hold dear: her father, the mercenary soldier Cullyn; the exiled berserker Rhodry Maelwaedd; and the ancient and powerful herbman Nevyn, all bound in a struggle against darkness . . . and a quest to fulfill the destinies determined centuries ago.


Audio CD15 pagesPublished June 26th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published 1986)Series : Deverry #1FantasyFor review


18 comments:

  1. Great review Blodeuedd. Isn't is fascinating how we mature not only in years but in understanding and attitude too!

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  2. It's weird revisiting books we've loved in the past. i'm afraid to do a re-read on a few of the books I used to LOVE. I'm sure that at the very least - I will think the hero is an ass now. When I used to love that pushy alpha male.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. There are some I would love to revisit but omg yes I am so afraid

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  3. It's lovely when revisiting a series is still a treat! I've had some I still love, but a couple of others - Piers Anthony I particularly remember - where I could not see what I thought was so good about the books. I hadn't realised my taste had changed so much!

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    1. I never actually read him, but hey there is still time

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  4. Awwe! I'm glad it was still good to you! :D

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  5. Oh that sounds pretty good and I really like the cover.

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    1. The book I read long ago had this amaaazing cover

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  6. It is good you still enjoyed this one after such a long time.

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  7. I hope they release all of the books on audio, this sounds like a neat series.

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    1. There are 15 so that should take some time then :)

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  8. That is great that you were able to revist a series that you loved years ago.

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    1. I was soooo scared cos those you loved long ago...yikes

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  9. I love when you're able to revisit a book from long ago and you still enjoy it. I do miss things like that in audiobooks. Even if it is included, you can't just flip back and double check something.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. I guess that it is a downside, but then I hate it even in ebooks cos I want things to happen at once

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