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Acclaimed author of the dazzling cycle of fantasy novels set in Deverry and the Westlands, Katharine Kerr continues her epic saga of humanity as a shift of power on the astral plane brings change to the world of men...The city of Cengarn is under siege. Armies both astral and physical are massing for and against the goddess Alshandra, who seeks to prevent the birth of oneAcclaimed author of the dazzling cycle of fantasy novels set in Deverry and the Westlands, Katharine Kerr continues her epic saga of humanity as a shift of power on the astral plane brings change to the world of men...The city of Cengarn is under siege. Armies both astral and physical are massing for and against the goddess Alshandra, who seeks to prevent the birth of one fate-bound child. It falls to the dweomermaster Jill and her allies to protect the child's human mother, Princess Carra--and Deverry's already foretold future--by magic and by might. But as the warrior Rhodry wings toward the battle on dragonback, he cannot know that soon he will face his ancient enemy, Alshandra's high priestess Raena, who will use any means to destroy him. Their confrontation could turn the tide of the siege--and change the fate of Deverry forever....

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ISBN : 9780553572629
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Number of Pages : 406 Pages
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Days of Air and Darkness Reviews

  • Benjamin Thomas
    2018-11-19 16:26

    This is the 8th book of the 15 book Deverry series. But since the series is sub-divided into 3 smaller series, it can also be said that this is the 4th and final novel in the middle "Westlands" series.The novel is aptly named as it is really divided into two main sections, the first in a much lighter "airy" vein and the longer second part that deals with large scale battles and dark doings. The unique aspect of the entire Deverry series is, of course, the reincarnation plots such that characters in some sections of each novel will also show up as different characters (same souls) in different time-frames. I think in the hands of a lesser author, this sort of thing could get very confusing but Ms. Kerr is a master of character so that when the reader encounters a "new" character that happens to be a reincarnation (or a previous version) of another character, we usually have enough clues to know who it is, even when the actual character does not.I was happy to see the first part of this novel was about Jill and Rhodry in their younger, more care free days, as "Silver Daggers" or rogues for hire. This is my favorite era for these two characters. The second part takes place during the now familiar time of over 40 years later, a much more politically charged time. It centers around the siege of Cengarn by the Horsekin. Notably absent throughout the book was the constant character of Nevin, an absence that was necessary for the plot but regrettable all the same.This is an amazing fantasy series. HBO has achieved much success with adapting George R.R. Martin's work for the small screen and, of course there are many options out there if they want to pursue more fantasy epics like that. Should they ask my opinion, I would urge them to give this series a try.

  • Kerry
    2018-11-18 11:02

    I got seriously into rereading/rereading these a couple of years ago and then stopped for some reason I don't remember. I probably just got distracted.The Beyond Reality group here on Facebook has been working their way through a series read of all the Deverry books, so I promised myself I'd pick up this books when they got to it and keep reading with them.I'm only a few pages in and so far I'm a little hazy on what has gone before, but more came back to me as I read the prologue, so hopefully that will continue to happen. I'm into a historical (with respect to the "now" of the book) section now, so hopefully that means I won't need to remember too much.--------------I gave myself plenty of time to read this, thinking it might take me a while. Instead, I raced through it in a few days and I'm sorry I didn't read it sooner. It was a great continuation of the story and a good place for a pause (this is the end of one "arc" of the story). I'm also really looking forward to carrying on with the series.I'm happy to wait for next moth and read with the group (and that is what I will do), but I'd be equally happy to keep on going. I find myself delighted to know I have more books in the world/series ahead of me.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-27 16:06

    With this book Katharine Kerr wraps up the Westlands cycle. It is a fairly decent final book, bringing a number of ongoing stories together and finishing things decently. With that said, it felt a little soulless to me - with her first four books, Kerr made the characters come alive and I had a lot of interest in their doings. Gradually I am losing interest in Rhodry and co.In this novel we head back in time for a time, and that section was by far the most gripping. We meet a previous incarnation of Raena, the raven-woman, known in those times as Lady Mallona. It is no accident that my favourite part of the book coincides with us reading about Jill and Rhodry while they rode the long road as silver daggers. I far preferred the two characters at that point.Arsozah is fun to read about - the dragon seems to be the only character at this point that Kerr seems to have fun writing about.So an almost anti-climatic end to the Westlands cycle. Kerr has continued writing about Rhodry (or Rori Dragon-friend, as he should also be known as now) but I find myself losing interest in where she can take the Deverry world.

  • Kathi
    2018-11-18 10:25

    9/10While many loose threads are tied up by the end of this book, which also concludes the "Westlands" arc of Kerr's Deverry Cycle, there are more than enough to lead the read into the next arc. Perhaps because I read this book in chunks, it seemed to lack some of the continuity that the other books had. Still, the characters were diverse and nuanced and the relationships were often complex. And my new favorite character is Arzosah!

  • Megan
    2018-11-13 11:15

    Another (mostly) linear story line, with one past regression (but not quite a past lives thing, although I guess you could call it that). I enjoyed the past story because it was sort of like a mystery/detective/chase injected into high fantasy.I had forgotten, though, how this one ended. And it was definitely a heart-wrencher.

  • Kes
    2018-11-16 12:17

    Satisfying conclusion to this arc of the series.We see (view spoiler)[Jill pass on - in a sense, the end of Rhodry's old life. I liked that the dragon was set "free" at the end - it's a very heroic thing to do (and the way Rhodry had been speaking to her seemed to be rude to me. Yraen passing on was also the end of another link to Rhodry's current life as a silver dagger - in a sense, he's free to move on and part of the elves or as something else.I also liked the revelation of Yraen's true name (Maryn) - it's a very fitting tie to his previous life. (I was quite glad that Yraen and Carra didn't eventually cheat on each other.) (hide spoiler)]I loved the kiss from Evander to Rhodry at the start - and (view spoiler)[at the end, when they lay together - that was great too! I didn't expect to see that in a book from the 1990s, but there you go. I don't know why Evander considered Rhodry his third great earthly love (considering that they didn't have much interaction - just Evander talking to Rhodry), but ok, and it was nice and romantic too. (hide spoiler)]I felt that the revelation of the source of evil came a bit late - (view spoiler)[we only learn the identity of this goddess in the final book of this quartet? And before we reached the end of the flashback, I thought for half the chapter it would end up being Merodda, Aethan's lady love interest - the one who caused him to become a silver dagger. (It wasn't, to my disappointment.) (hide spoiler)]

  • Derek Vice
    2018-11-21 14:19

    If you are this far into the series you are obviously a Kerr fan. So here are some things I enjoyed about this book and the series. The plot developed well. In the middle of this series it seemed slow and directionless but it all pulls together for a good climax. There are some good surprises and some unexpected developments.The characters are good and complex and show some development. Their conflicts are real. Kerr's humanity also shows through in her ability to give the protagonists flaws and the nemeses virtues. The style is easy, but keeps to the setting and builds the world well. The language and names are particularly effective. The series also shifts its focus between key (and minor) characters.Overall the series lives up to and builds on the high fantasy brand promise, with its own nuances. It avoids the "world-ending" final battle which has become the Hollywood staple and focuses on real individual battles and conflict to create the tension.

  • Maureen
    2018-11-10 12:10

    I've always loved this entry in the Deverry Saga. My favourite 'shameless escapism' story line was always Rhodry/Jill. Somehow Jill never was the same character when she returned from dweomer study, so it was great to have a past life segment which featured Rhodry and Jill at their silver daggered best. I also liked the outcome of Yraen's story in the present life, as well as the way Jill and co. defeat Alshandra.

  • QueenTut72
    2018-12-03 12:16

    Another great read. This book was a bit more like the early books in the series with a little more going on and not so much of what seems, to me, to be overly descriptive "filler."

  • Libbet
    2018-12-09 12:07

    2017 re read

  • Jumps
    2018-12-09 13:19

    I am too caught up in the world of centuries to stop, but I do not love this second series like I enjoyed the first, and if I never hear about berzerkers again, I will be happy.

  • Nick Reys
    2018-11-17 16:18

    Previously, I’ve compared Katharine Kerr’s Deverry series to a rollercoaster ride, with highs and lows. Continuing that analogy, I’d have to say that we’ve been on a rise in recent books and Days Of Air And Darkness has no intention of bringing us to an early fall.This is the eight overall and final novel in the Westlands cycle. With the city of Cergarn under a siege and Princess Carra locked up inside its walls, the tension is rising on all fronts. The mad goddess Alshandra is playing her last cards in order to prevent Carra’s child to be born and it’s up to Jill and her friends to stop her scheming.The first thing I saw upon opening this book and what gladdened my heart, was the fact that there was a trip to the past planned. In previous books I haven’t always been lyrical about the past lives of the protagonists, but it’s become part of the series and whenever it’s absent, I think about what could have been. Little did I know that this tale from the past would be so lovely. Indeed, instead of dealing with a past live, we simply return to the past, to when Jill and Rhodry were on the road as Silver Daggers and trying to make a living. The past story in itself was quite good and I thought Lady Malonna to be an interesting character, but what really made me love this part, was the fact that I got to return to the Jill and Rhodry I grew to love in the first four books. The present is all about the siege of Cergarn and the coming together of the different parties in the war. What I specifically liked about it, was how the actual war and fighting took the backseat in this book. There is war and there is fighting, but for a book that mainly deals with the war, there is little of it. Instead, we get everything that happens around it. The best part, hands down, is everthing that happens between Rhodry and his dragon, Arzosah. I already liked her in the previous book, even though her role was limited to the final few chapters, but here you just can’t but love everything she does. Linked to this, is the priestess of Alshandra, Raena. I don’t quite get everything that’s going on with her and things don’t really get properly explained, but I do suspect that Raena is (view spoiler)[perhaps and incarnation of the Lady Malonna (hide spoiler)]. The tenth book is titled The Black Raven, so I suspect that we’ll delve deeper into her, cause this is certainly a loose end here.The final battle with Alshandra was nice, I guess, but just like the big finale in The Dragon Revenant, I do feel like it could have been more. However, Kerr did tug on my heartstrings in that battle, though. Cause (view spoiler)[while I was so glad to be reading about the Jill of old, I wasn’t prepared to her dying… I was quite shocked, actually, cause even though she wasn’t as on the forefront as she used to be, I still considered her to be a main character and for her to die halfway through the series, well, that’s harsh. Even though it was a bitter pill to swallow, I do think it was brave of Kerr to take this decision, cause Jill’s story does feel finished. With her passing, this opens some possibilities for Dallandra to step up as the main Dweomermaster and I would certainly love that (hide spoiler)].As far as the characters go, it’s all about Arzosah here. God, she is one funny, witty and lovely dragon. I never found there to be much humour in this series, but with the coming of the dragon a lighter tone has arrived. That’s not a bad thing, though, cause this is quite a grim book and her being her lights up the pages once in a while. Her relationship with Rhodry made him more likeable as well. While I did like Rhodry, I found him to be quite stuck up throughout the whole series and at some times he could act like a real douche. With Arzosah, however, he loosened up a little and I liked how he was around her. Another surprising thing was Evandar. I quite took a liking to him, but never did I see it coming that he would (view spoiler)[fall in love with Rhodry. And Rhodry returning that love, for that matter, even if it was just a kiss (hide spoiler)]. I really loved the depth of Evandar’s character and everything he said about joy and sadness really struck a chord with me.Despite a rocky start, the Westlands cycle did turn out to be quite something. The cycle as a whole is better, in my opinion, than the Deverry cycle, but this book – being the best of the whole cycle – isn’t as good as Daggerspell, which still remains my favourite of the whole series. Days Of Air And Darkness, however, is an excellent addition to the series and while it might not be as good as Daggerspell, it’s nearly there.

  • Kenny
    2018-12-09 10:27

    This was an excellent book - quite sad and moving, but a fitting end to the Westlands cycle.Finally we're getting back to the wonderful "Deverry cultural intrigue" that drew me to the series as a whole :) The first main part of the book is another of the flashbacks periods that Ms Kerr writes so well. We go back to Rhodry and Jill while they are walking the road as Silver Daggers. Here we get involved in dark dealings of revenge and murder, with a bit of added dweomer for spice. This was my favorite part of the book, and it was great to have the old characters (especially the cunning young Jill) back for a time.The latter half of the book is mainly concerned with the war between the Horsekin and the the northern folk (a human city, and their elvish and dwarvish allies) This was a bitter tale, with much violence and sad death. It was a real loss when Meer (the Horsekin Bard) was killed, just as he was getting interesting and becoming a real character. But he wasn't the only one - Both Yraen and Jill meet their deaths in this war - so while the war is won it is a very bittersweet victory.The tone of the writing seems a reflection on Rhodry - in the earlier Daggerspell cycle, war was described more like a violent dance, full of blood and death, but also exciting. Now it seems Rhodry is older and the war is more of a slow grind that leaves nothing by sorrow in its wake. I especially enjoyed the interactions of Rhodry and Arsozah. This dragon has real character!

  • Mark
    2018-12-10 09:04

    It has been 16 years since I first picked up the first Deverry novel, DaggerSpell, and here in am, 16 years later, about to finish the fifteenth and final one.Has the journey been worth it? Yes. Was the wait too long? Yes.I would not recommend anyone starts reading the Deverry cycle unless they intend to read them all, as the macroscopic story is at least as important as the microscopic ones, and as such I am reviewing the books as a set.I almost give them 4 stars (excellent) but in the end I am not enjoying them quite as much as I did in my early 20's and so I settled on 3 stars (good). As fantasy novels go the concepts and the writing are really excellent but for me the last couple of books haven't been as enjoyable as the early ones and it's a lot to expect people to read fifteen novels. That said I don't regret a single minute of the time I spent in Deverry. I even used to own a 'deverry' domain and use the handle of 'Rhodry' when t'internet was young. Highly recommended IF you have the stomach for a lot of reading.

  • Dark-Draco
    2018-12-04 16:02

    This is the first book by this author that I have read and I really enjoyed it. It was typical fantasy fair, with epic battles, good v evil, magic and dragons...just what I like. It lost marks for a couple of things (hence a 4 instead of a 5) - one, I think the author had forgotton the cardinal rule of writing a series. Someone reading a book from the middle shouldn't have to read the rest - unfortunately, I felt a bit lost for the first few chapters, having to sort out characters and situations that weren't fully explained. Secondly, just because its fantasy, don't make up words for things that have a perfectly adequate one already - why not call magic, magic - that sort of thing annoyed me a bit too. But, although this sounds really negative, I don't mean to totally diss the book. I loved it and enjoyed the read - the characters were great, it had a good plot and the writing, for the main part, was excellent. I will definitly be checking out other books by this author in the future.

  • Fantasy Literature
    2018-12-08 13:27

    With Days of Air and Darkness / A Time of Justice, Katharine Kerr wraps up THE WESTLANDS CYCLE. It is a fairly decent final book, bringing a number of ongoing stories together and finishing things decently. With that said, it felt a little soulless to me — with her first four books, Kerr made the characters come alive and I had a lot of interest in their doings. Gradually I am losing interest in Rhodry and co.In this novel we head back in time for a while, and that section was by far the most gripping. We meet a previous incarnation of Raena, the raven-woman, known in those times as Lady Mallona. It is no accident that my favourite part of the book coincides with us reading about Jill and Rhodry while they rode the long road as silver daggers. I far preferred those two characters back then.Read More:http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

  • Ellise
    2018-12-05 17:24

    As books #4 of the Westlands Series: this book was as amazing as any last book of a series can be! it had everything you can ask for in a closure book and the perfect balance of good/bad events to finish it off that it was absolutely 100% perfect!But as book #8 of the Deverry series and for someone who wants to keep going (hopefully everyone who reads up to book 8 is willing to go all the way) this book is also such as great teaser for what is to come. Kerr really knows how to write, and no not every author does. These books are written so perfectly with the right amount of action, the perfect characterisation and the greatest and most realistic world there can be, these books are a must read for everyone!

  • Milliebot
    2018-11-18 11:01

    Still trekking along through this series. My problem is that it's so massive and I leave too much time in between books to remember the details. It's harder now to remember which characters have interacted with each other in past lives, despite my handy reincarnation chart (that I highly recommend anyone wanting to read this whole series use). Despite the gaps in my memory, this was another solid book in the series and the action picked up with a big battle. I am sick of Rhodry however - he's a spoiled, whiny, self-centered ass and I wish he wasn't one of the central characters. Hoping the next books move away from his storyline. Also! Character death! Gave me a bit of feels.

  • Tatiana
    2018-12-03 09:26

    8th book in the series and last book of the Westlands Cycle, Days of Air and Darkness closes (kind of) the chapter of the Horsekin war developped in the previous novel in apotheosis with a big part of the story being centered on Arzosah the mighty dragoness and Rhodry's relation with her. Be prepared for some delightful scenes and dialogues ;-) Arzosah will make you LOVE dragons if that's not the case already!This book is at the same time very satisfying and it leaves you wanting more. A great read!

  • Broodingferret
    2018-11-18 12:13

    This was a decent conclusion to "scene 2"; it kept up the right amount of tension and wrapped up this segment's main points while still framing the story for its continuation in the next trilogy of books. There were a few points of poor continuity, and while the hiccoughs involve fairly minor details, it's attention to small details that makes for a smooth and believable story, so I was a little irked from time to time. Not irked enough, however, to have my enjoyment seriously diminished, so it's all good.

  • Johan
    2018-11-22 16:00

    I can't believe I had forgotten to add these books to my "read" list on Goodreads!I really enjoyed the first 2 chapters (8 books) of this looong series. The unique tapestry of souls reborn and indebted to one another is quite unlike any other fantasy I have read, there are also many beautiful stories within the larger/main one.I never started on the third chapter because I found the premise (a connection to our world) not to my liking. Also, the lateness in the publication made me forget about it and move on to other things.

  • Twentwor
    2018-11-10 17:07

    Not quite as enjoyable as the last -- and this series was definitely not quite as gripping as the previous (Daggerspell --> The Dragon Revenant). But I still love Katherine Kerr's writing; I enjoy her take on the dwarves especially (often a sore point for me in fantasy books), and I love the sudden appearance of the gay-adjacent pairing that develops here, reinterpreting one of the suggestive relationships in the previous books. Still a good book, and I look forward to reading the rest of them....

  • Rachael
    2018-12-09 10:11

    Well it was good. But damn it she left it open for her next series. Now I have to go read that as well! Such is life (it's actually a good thing). But Jill, as my poor Jill. I knew it was coming but still, it made me sad. Thought I thought her reuniting with her one true was adorable and well thought out. Except Jill didn't leave behind an apprentice, that worries me :/ I guess it's on to the next series then and off to the library for me.

  • Loomy Mišurda
    2018-11-30 14:19

    it was really good, the dragon that Rhodry tamed/enslaved was very interesting character.Evandar becoming more human while Alshandra becoming more inhuman and mad.Too bad that Yraen and Jill died, they were good characters too.Overall I enjoyed this book, very nicely written and the story narrated.

  • Macha
    2018-11-29 11:02

    3 & 1/2 stars. this one was really well-organized, and a lot of stuff happened, including some big character deaths and a lot of plot wrapup. and the reader gets to know some of the more enigmatic characters a whole lot better, and see more of the Grand Design. but i dunno, seemed a bit going-thru-the-motions to me: not sure if it was writer or reader fatigue that was at fault, just saying.

  • Khronus
    2018-11-27 14:27

    Following closely after the events that unfolded in the Deverry Series, The westlands cycle continues the story and conflicts but adds new twists as we learn of new and old enemies, and the fate of Rhodry as he draws ever closer to his wyrd. Another master piece of fantasy writing and again one that I was unable to put down until finished.

  • Angela
    2018-11-30 16:01

    The big war is fought and concluded. Dwarves, elves, men and a dragon against a guardian and horsemen. Lots and lots of action scenes, it feels like all the other books have been leading up to this. Yes, there are still character moments, and I really liked the way the dragon developed. But be warned have hankies at the ready. A good read.

  • Penelope Green
    2018-12-01 16:08

    An entire book following Rhodry but it somehow fell flat - a bit too much exploring the tropes of fantasy (Dwarves and Dragons to go with the Elves she's previously developed very well) but still decent.

  • Ellen Hartman
    2018-11-09 17:11

    Good all over again! Love this series.

  • Liufen Monreal
    2018-11-24 13:24

    Oklart datum. Läste den i högstadiet. Slutade läsa denna serie efter att ha läst den här boken. Tycker att den här boken slutar kast.