Katharine Kerr first became involved in the field of fantasy through role-playing games, becoming so intrigued that she began writing articles for gaming magazines, and for some time was a contributing editor to Dragon magazine. This interest soon led her into the field of fantasy writing, with her first Deverry novel, Daggerspell, appearing in 1986. Since then, she has written fourteen more Deverry novels, of which The Silver Mage is the latest, as well as other fantasy and science fiction novels. Her Deverry novels have hit the London Times and the Australian bestseller lists.
After the disappointment of Kerr's first entry in her Silver Wyrm series, The Gold Falcon (2006), part of her popular Deverry cycle, fans will welcome the author's usual intricate plotting and convoluted relationships in this second volume. Horsekin raiders, fired up by a bloodthirsty new goddess named Alshandra, are harrying the borders along the Westlands, forcing Prince Daralanteriel of the Westfolk to prepare for war. As Dar sends envoys to dwarven and human allies seeking assistance, the bard-mage Salamander frets over the fate of new-made wizards, husband and wife Neb and Branna, whose magical talents from their previous lives are now finally being realized in their current incarnations. In a lengthy flashback, Kerr lays out details of Neb and Branna's former incarnations and Salamander's history as a half-breed raised by elves before returning to the conflict with the Horsekin. Though not a good entry point for new readers, those already familiar with the Deverry setting and its complicated time lines and relationships should be satisfied. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Kerr's Deverry novels are my favorite of the post-Tolkien modern fantasy novels. The landscape is utterly real, and the story is gritty, emotional, complex, an doriginal in execution and setting. This is one tale that truly needs to be told in multiple volumes." --Kaite Elliott
"One of the best sword-and-sorcery novels I have read in some time." --Andre Norton "No one does real, live, gritty Celtic fantasy better than Katherine Kerr." --Judith Tarr "Much as I dislike comparing anything to The Lord of the Rings, I have to admit that on this occassion, it's justified." --Interzone "There is a solid depth to Deverry and its inhabitants that make it seem very real. [Kerr's] also a master at creating tension, then balancing it with aquiet or humorous moment." --Starlog "Kerry fluently and gracefully limns her Celtic-based medieval world, depicting attractive and colorful men, women, and elves." --Publishers Weekly "An epic high fantasy plot that is absolutely spellbinding." -- Midwest Book Review