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On the long roads of Deverry ride two mercenaries whose fates lie hidden deep in that of their own land. But Lord Rhodry, exiled from the dragon court of Aberwyn, has yet to discover his true parentage, and his swordmaster-lover, Jill, has barely glimpsed her awesome powers. 

Meanwhile, the ancient sorcerer Nevyn, held back by his vows from boldly intervening in their lives, can only watch and wait as Rhodry and Jill move ever closer to danger. For as the two struggle to recover the Great Stone, the mystic jewel that guides the conscience of the kingship of Deverry, malevolent dark masters are weaving terrifying spells against them - and displacing messengers of death. 

Katharine Kerr has extensively rewritten Darkspell, incorporating major changes in the text, making this her definitive edition. Here the epic saga that began with Daggerspell continues - a tale of might and magic, lust and glory, dark danger, and poignant desires that echo from Deverry's sapphire waters to its secret mountain caverns. It's a spellbinding story destined to please fantasy lovers everywhere.

©1994 Katharine Kerr (P)2018 Tantor

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great story

i really enjoyed the book. The narrator does a great job with all the characters.

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Second step of a long journey

Decided to cheat and read wiki about book book series after a beloved character dies. Looks like there is a long journey ahead, covering multiple lifetimes. Thing is, I enjoy the story while listening, but then I wonder where is it going? And characters keep dying, apparently again and again. I do wonder why characters’ personal histories were not a tangled mess of past incarnations at the beginning of the story in book one. Recommend making a cheat sheet of names and terms while listening; I have a hard time hearing and comprehending weird words.

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good story

i have enjoy the books, And now with audio even better. give it a try

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  • Martin L.
  • 06-25-20

captivating

couldn't stop listening, I need more.
absolutely love the character development I am downloading the next in series as I type

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-20

Brilliant narration of a story I previously read

I have already read all these books as they came out, this one in the late 1980's, and enjoyed revisiting Deverry with perfect narration by Ruth Urquhart.

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  • CeNedra Red
  • 08-02-18

A Well Told Tale

I read the first book in this series many moons ago, when it was first published, and found it difficult for some reason to get the following books, until much later, and never got around to reading them. I really wish I had. I now have all the books in this series, which consists of four books, in the Deverry series, plus two following series, ("The Westland Cycle", and "The Dragon Mage" series) which continue the Deverry chronicles, and ends up with fifteen books all told.. I really, really hope that Audible are going to make the other books in this wonderful series available. I was a little dubious about the narrator, Ruth Urquhart, when I started listening, but once she gets into the swing of things she does a really good job. If you enjoy Juliet Marillier, than you will likely enjoy these books too, as they have a similar feel to "Sevenwaters" and "Blackthorn and Grimm" (my personal favourite). If anyone at Audible is reading this PLEASE publish the rest of this series.

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  • Charm Harris
  • 08-21-18

Great story.. narration lets it down. :(

A well loved series.. I really loved these books years ago and was excited to find them on Audible. BUT. disappointing to listen to.. Ruth does a great job of the voices, but the monotone, lack of expression in the rest of the narration is really off-putting.. moving from one chapter or scene to another without any light and shade sometimes made it really hard to follow.

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  • Johanna R Hood
  • 12-01-18

favourite saga of all time

loved it onto the next book now.
I'm enjoying leaning ask the pronunciations blah blah