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Publisher's Summary

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 righted 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. 

Here in this newly revised edition is the incredible novel that began one of the best-loved fantasy series in recent years - a tale of bold adventure and timeless love, perilous battle, and pure magic. For long-standing fans of Deverry and those who have yet to experience this exciting series, Daggerspell is a rare and special treat.

©1986; 1993 Katharine Kerr (P)2018 Tantor

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Massively underrated

One of my all time favourites of the genre. A perfect balance of historical fiction and epic fantasy. Very glad that Tantor has bought the rights to the first 4 books and that it is now available as an audiobook and on audible, it was a long time overdue. Highly recommended, once you start the series you will not be able to stop. If you enjoy the book I would suggest checking out the author's patreon page as there are pronunciation guides and context posted on there that really enhanced the experience for me!

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  • Chuck
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  • 10-22-18

Great story, narrator impossible to understand

I'd waited several years for this book series to arrive on Audible only to be disappointed. The narrator has such a thick cockney accent that she is near impossible to understand. Such a disappointment. Going back to having iOS read the story to me and requesting a refund from Audible.

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Could Not Finish

I guess if I had read this as a teen it might be good. I just could not get into this story at all. I cannot point to one thing that would explain my intense dislike for this book, but after listening to half of it, I really regret wasting a credit on this crap.

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girl power timeless connection magic

lovex it ready for the next book. . . . . . . . .

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All I Had Ever Hoped For!

This was my first foray into fiction audiobooks. This was also a book I've read a dozen times. The narration is excellent, and captures the dialect and accents that Kerr describes in her foreword to each Deverry novel with true storytelling grace. It made me feel like I did when I was a kid, and my mother would read her books to me. I was captivated.

When I completed the book I felt like it had ended too soon. I wanted more, and I am happy that Darkspell is out now! May the whole Deverry Cycle come to this format.

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One of my most favorite series in fantasy.

I hope they do the entire series! This series has everything you look for in terms of good and bad politics, war, and magic!

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loved it

I read this book years ago when I was a teenager. I fell in love with the story and the series. it nice getting to listen to it again while I'm at work or driving home. The narrator does a great job and has many voices for the different characters. I can't wait for the next one to come out! :-)

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at last!

Can't wait for the rest of them to be available! I love this series.

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  • Pegasusinflight
  • 10-16-18

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great story, Takes a while to get used to the readers character voices, after that it is easy to listen to.

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  • OB1Tom
  • 08-05-18

Superb

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the start of this great series. Can’t wait for the rest to be available on audible. Well worth a listen if your new to the series

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  • Johanna R Hood
  • 07-21-18

Best story world ever

I love this saga, this is book one, and this author. fantastic world. the audiobook does not disappoint