• Sword of Fire

  • Justice War, Book 1
  • By: Katharine Kerr
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The bards are the people's voice - and their sword.

All over the kingdom of Deverry, the common people are demanding reform of the corrupt law courts. In Aberwyn, the situation catches fire when Gwerbret Ladoic, second in authority only to the High King, allows a bard to starve to death rather than hear their grievances.

Guildwoman Alyssa, a student at the local scholars' collegium, and Lady Dovina, the gwerbret's own daughter, know that evidence exists to overthrow the so-called traditional legal system, if they can only get it into the right hands. The powerful lords will kill anyone who threatens their privileges.

To retrieve the proof, Alyssa must make a dangerous journey that will either change her life forever - or end it.

©2020 Katharine Kerr (P)2020 Tantor

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Fantastic!

Katharine does it again with an amazing story set in Deverry. While somewhat lacking in bloody battle scenes, the plot is deep and the intrigue is riveting. It’s very suspenseful. Longtime readers of Deverry novels know how quickly things can come to armed conflict but this story is set at a time when Deverry is in the throes of social and political change and where women are striving to become educated and equal to men in many ways. It’s a beautiful tale and I cannot wait for the next installment in the series!

I’d be remiss if I did not address Ruth Urquhart’s masterful narration. With her reading the words I’m practically right there as it happens.

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Needed more nostalgia

The characters felt a bit dry, the references to previous story arc characters like nevyn or rodery are disappointing in that they are brought up for the purpose of ignoring them, and even magic seemed forced as an afterthought.

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A Struggle for Justice

Katharine Kerr has created another novel set in Deverry but with very different themes from the original series. Time has definitely not stood still in Deverry but progress and change is never easy.

Engaging characters, fast paced action, constant twists and turns--there is a constant temptation to listen to just a few more minutes!