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      Daggerspell
Katharine Kerr

The first volume of the celebrated Deverry series, an epic fantasy rooted in Celtic mythology that intricately interweaves human and elven history over several hundred years.In a world outside reality, the flickering spirit of a young girl hovers between incarnations, knowing neither her past nor her future. But in the temporal world there is one who knows and waits: Nevyn, the wandering sorcerer.On a bloody day long ago he relinquished the maiden’s hand in marriage – and so forged a terrible bond of destiny between three souls that would last through three generations.Now Nevyn is doomed to follow them across the plains of time, never resting until he atones for the tragic wrong of his youth…

KATHARINE KERR

Daggerspell

New revised edition

HISTORICAL NOTE

Many readers and reviewers have assumed that the Deverry books take place in some sort of alternate Britain or that the people of Deverry came originally from Britain. Since a few have even, in total defiance of geography, supposed that the series takes place on that island, I thought I’d best clarify the matter.

The Deverrians emigrated from northern Gaul, the “Gallia” referred to in the text, after they spent a fair number of years under the Roman yoke but before Christianity became a religion of any note. As for their new home, Annwn, the name is Welsh and literally means “no place,” a good clue, I should think, as to its location here in our world. Later volumes in this series explain how the original group of immigrants reached their new country and tell something of the history of their settlement.

COPYRIGHT (#ulink_78ddb60c-1d47-5eba-9457-7addd149c8c5)

HarperVoyager an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd 1 London Bridge Street London SE1 9GF

www.harpervoyagerbooks.co.uk (http://www.harpervoyagerbooks.co.uk)

First published in Great Britain by Grafton Books 1987

Previously published in paperback by

HarperCollins Science Fiction & Fantasy 1993 (reprinted three times),

and by Grafton 1989 (reprinted seven times)

Copyright © Katharine Kerr 1986

Revised edition copyright © Katharine Kerr 1993

Katharine Kerr asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

A catalogue copy of this book is available from the British Library.

This novel is entirely a work of fiction. The names, characters and incidents portrayed in it are the work of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or localities is entirely coincidental.

All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the nonexclusive, nontransferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on-screen. No part of this text may be reproduced, transmitted, downloaded, decompiled, reverse engineered, or stored in or introduced into any information storage and retrieval system, in any form or by any means, whether electronic ormechanical, now known or hereinafter invented, without the express written permission of HarperCollins e-books.

Source ISBN: 9780007375981

Ebook Edition © 2015 ISBN: 9780008125295

Version: 2018-12-04

DEDICATION (#ulink_b0c98832-6584-5660-b2f1-04e7e199f8ae)

For my husband, Howard,

who helped me more than even he can know.

Without his support and loving encouragement,

I never would have finished this book.

CONTENTS

Cover (#ua330d372-bda3-55c4-b9bd-61c08fc63ef8)

Title Page (#u4cbdc6bf-8797-5d08-af2b-3313f9ee6aee)

Copyright (#ulink_61301aa9-78eb-5305-8d7f-8d99a7420b50)

Dedication (#ulink_5f9d281c-b4d8-5e7e-94e6-2e8f660fab6c)

Maps (#ulink_b43846b3-998c-5411-8e1e-ffa5686a8884)

Pronunciation Notes (#ulink_d7aa415b-d77a-572e-9e03-47a9db55f51f)

Prologue: In The Year 1045 (#ulink_57242fd8-c435-55ad-8843-427b6ae9789e)

Cerrgonney, 1052 (#ulink_b52cc7e9-4f06-511d-ac12-c0e3e1dea30d)

Deverry, 643 (#ulink_b6f0deef-f365-5bbc-99a4-7cd448efc2ba)

Deverry, 1058 (#litres_trial_promo)

Deverry, 698 (#litres_trial_promo)

Eldidd, 1062 (#litres_trial_promo)

Eldidd, 1062 (#litres_trial_promo)

Glossary (#litres_trial_promo)

Incarnations of The Various Characters (#litres_trial_promo)

Acknowledgments (#litres_trial_promo)

About the Author (#litres_trial_promo)

Other Books By (#litres_trial_promo)

About the Publisher

MAPS (#ulink_328b3cb8-3a2b-575a-97e3-2d7f13931d60)

PRONUNCIATION NOTES (#ulink_1225349e-1e05-50b5-aa4c-d81c136f2458)

The Deverrian language, which we might well call neo-Gaulish, looks and sounds much like Welsh, but anyone who knows this modern language will see immediately that it differs in a great many respects, as it does from Cornish and Breton. All these languages are members of that subfamily of Indo-European known as P-Celtic.

VOWELS are divided by Deverry scribes into two classes: noble and common. Nobles have two pronunciations; commons, one.

A as in father when long; a shorter version of the same sound, as in far, when short.

O as in bone when long; as in pot when short.

W as the oo in spook when long; as in roof when short.

Y as the i in machine when long; as the e in butter when short.

E as in pen.

I as in pin.

U as in pun.
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