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The world of Deverry: an intricate tapestry of fate, past lives, and unfathomable magic. With A Time Of Exile, Katharine Kerr opens new territory in The Deverry Saga, exploring the history of the Elcyion Lacar, the elves who inhabit the country west of Deverry. It is years since the half-elven Lord Rhodry took the throne of Aberwyn. When Rhodry's lost lover, Jill-now a powThe world of Deverry: an intricate tapestry of fate, past lives, and unfathomable magic. With A Time Of Exile, Katharine Kerr opens new territory in The Deverry Saga, exploring the history of the Elcyion Lacar, the elves who inhabit the country west of Deverry. It is years since the half-elven Lord Rhodry took the throne of Aberwyn. When Rhodry's lost lover, Jill-now a powerful wizard-comes to Aberyn and tells him it's time he accepted his elven heritage, Rhodry faces the most difficult choice of his life. But with Jill's help and that of a human wizard named Aderyn who has lived for years in the westlands, Rhodry begins to understand how his life is connected not just to his own people, but to the Elcyion Lacar as well. At last, destiny begins to unravel its secrets, revealing Aderyn's true purpose among the elves-and the god' deeper design behind Rhodry's dual heritage....

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A Time of Exile Reviews

  • Bcvs
    2019-04-19 08:38

    I read this ten thousand years ago, when I had much more patience and a great hunger for Fantasy books. Even then, it wasn't that great.Perhaps, a re-read is in order.

  • Kathi
    2019-04-17 07:19

    9/10 A Time of Exile begins a new arc in the Deverry Cylce while carrying forward the main story of Rhodry and Jill. Most of the book is devoted to the story of Aderyn, apprentice to Nevyn and dweomermaster or a Wise One to the elves. It takes place with earlier incarnations of some familiar characters, filling in some of the history of Deverry, Eldidd, and the Westlands..

  • Rhod Chang
    2019-04-05 07:38

    The start of the new arc. Rhodry, facing up to the problems of being a half-breed. Jill, grown up into being a dweomermaster, and a backstory about Pertyc, the first Maelwaedd to hold Aberwyn. The story about Pertyc is probably one of my favorite backstories ever -- the only one that comes close is the silver dagger arc with Maddyn and Aethan and Branoic, but oh man, how I love this. Kerr really is in fine form here. Magic and history and the past, oh my! Rhodry and elves and Deverrian power struggles, oh yes!Everytime I sit down to read this book, I end up dancing a jig all over the room.

  • Debbie Jinks
    2019-04-13 06:20

    Having read the full Deverry series I didn't know what to expect from the first Westlands book. Even though this series is also connected to the Deverry series it didn't live up to what I was expecting. I did enjoy it but there wasn't the tension and anticipation as I turned the pages and because of that it took longer to read. This book didn't flow as well, but Katharin Kerr is a great writer so I'll certainly be reading the next in the series.

  • Sarah Mck
    2019-04-11 10:29

    Its more 3.5 stars, as i did really enjoy reading this! So much that I'm now reading the second book. However it didn't score as high simply because I'm a fan of authors such as Jordan and Eddings, and to me this didn't rate as high. However, for your traditional fantasy with wizards and elves and magic and maps and kings and wars (etc etc etc!) this ticks all the box's and for that I adored it.

  • Maureen
    2019-04-13 09:12

    I like Rhodry's story in this. It's even sadder in some ways than Dragonspell, but I hate with a fiery burning passion how cold Jill is and how equally cold Dallandra is. I could never forgive her in later books for what she did to Aderyn. The Pertyc Maelwaedd section was especially interesting. Still, this is all set-up for later books.3.5 stars

  • Derek Vice
    2019-04-12 08:28

    A different tempoThis book carries on the tale of Nevyn and co in the magical Deverry world. The tempo is different from the earlier novels; faster, slower - I am not sure; but different. The characters are good. The plot was a bit rambling. The style was typical of K. Kerr. In short, if you enjoyed the first cycle you'll probably enjoy this.

  • Kes
    2019-04-11 09:16

    This is a new arc of the Deverry series - I liked how it pried Rhodry away and brings him to the Westlands. The focus is on the Westlands - Aderyn, the introduction of the Guardians. It's a good set-up for the focus of this arc (which I think will be on the Westlands).

  • Libbet
    2019-03-22 04:30

    2017 re read

  • Nick Reys
    2019-04-01 06:14

    Katharine Kerr’s Deverry cycle is a lot like a ride on a rollercoaster. Whereas one book can be an absolute thrill to read, the next one can be quite a bore or disappointing. After everything that happened in the first four books of this series, Kerr takes us to the Westlands in this second cycle of four books. The Westfolk always fascinated me, so I was glad to start this part of the series. This first book, however, was a little rollercoaster on its own.The book starts off really well, and I remember thinking that if the whole book turned out to be as good as the prologue and first couple of chapters, this could well be the best book in the entire series. As I said, the Westfolk is a really fascinating lot and the fact that Aderyn gets the time to tell his story made me all giddy. The first part of the book, however, turned out to be the best and soon after I started to loose interest. Whereas The Dragon Revenant took place in the present and didn’t have some of the past lives in it, A Time Of Exile returns to the tried and true formula of two storylines in different times being combined. These past lives have always been hit and miss for me and the one in this book was a serious miss. It was nice to read about the Maelwedds, but I didn’t care for any of those characters whatsoever. I thought this should have been dealt with in way less pages to keep things interesting, cause here, it wasn’t at all. The thing with these past storylines is that is it doesn’t work out, the whole book tends to fall flat just because the past takes up about half of the book. The other half was a bit better, for I really liked Aderyn and Dallandra’s storyline and all the shenanigans that went on with these mysterious elves of old, the Guardians. Jill and Rhodry were also present, but it was way too little. Their story was what made me like these books in the first place, so for them to be as absent as here was a bit strange.As for the characters, I didn’t care at all about the Maelwedds. They weren’t any interesting or particularly noteworthy, just bland and dull. Aderyn and Dallandra had some more spice and I really liked them. I don’t necessarily agree with every choice Dallandra made, but I do think she is a fascinating character. Aderyn, of course, is no stranger and it was nice to see how he became the one we met in previous installments. I really felt for him, though. His relationship with Dallandra was simply heartbreaking. The Guardians are quite fascinating as well. I didn’t particularly like them and I found their contribution to this book to be a bit too much, but in a certain way, I was drawn to how they were. Especially Alshandra proved to be worth reading about. The relationship between Jill and Rhodry ended on a bit of a sour note in The Dragon Revenant, and with Jill’s jealousy towards Rhodry’s blue sprite, there was some spice added to that. On the whole, however, the sprite wasn’t really anything but tiresome. Whereas I struggled a bit with the writing in the first book or so, it got a bit better when the books progressed. It still is far from top notch, but I can cope with it. The main issue here is the land of the Guardians. Whenever Dallandra visits their land, it’s like she’s living in a dream and the writing becomes very dreamy as well and thus slowing down the pace of the book. If there is one thing that these books don’t need, is a slowing of the pace. I find them already slow enough without the dreamy stuff, so I found this not the best idea.Upon starting the book, I had high hopes for it and believed it could be the best one yet. Alas, very soon after the first few chapters, the book takes a turn for the worse and instead of becoming the best, it turned out to be my least favourite so far. That’s not to say I thought this book was bad, but it just wasn’t all that enjoyable. The last paragraph, however, was so promising! If you find this book a bit dull, these last few sentences made it all worthwhile.

  • Fantastisk Fiktion
    2019-04-03 07:09


  • Amanda
    2019-04-16 08:19

    The first book in the second Deverry quartet. Disappointing in comparison to the first four books.This book opens a number of years after the events in Daggerspell. Rhodry is getting older, but his Westfolk genes have given him long life and people are starting to mutter dweomer when they look at him. He stages his own death so that he is able to slip away gracefully from his life in Aberwyn. He meets Jill again when he heads into the lands of the Westfolk, the first time he has seen her since she left him for the dweomer. She is now a master, and refuses to consider the idea of a relationship between them.Apart from those slim pickings in modern times, the rest of the novel takes place in the past. In this book the Westfolk and Aderyn take centre stage. I love Aderyn as a character - he is so calm and wise, and yet so very human. His doomed relationship with Dallandra was heart aching.My average star rating for this book came from the fact that two of the subplots I found less than interesting. The Guardians are extremely fey, and I didn't particularly like either Elassario or Evandar. The periods of time that Dallandra spent with them was of necessity very dreamlike, but it affected the pacing of the story a great deal.I also found the blue sprite that has hounded Rhodry through all of his many lives extremely tiresome. Jill's jealousy about his relationship with the sprite gave me hope that they could find a reconciliation, but it seems it is not to be, which saddens me. I liked Jill a great deal more when she was a lively, merry silver dagger following her love. As she has grown in dweomer, she has become hard and lacking in forgiveness and compassion. This is a shame - one of my favourite characters is now someone I don't really care for.The final paragraph of the book was extremely intriguing and will guarantee that I read further!Kerr's writing is still very competent, and her characters interesting to read about. I like the way that in each of the books you never know how much time you will spend in the present or in the past.All in all, the poorer elements of this book would not be enough to discourage me from the rest of the series and I look forward to the next one.

  • Megan
    2019-04-01 03:11

    So far, I'm not sure where this one ranks in the series. I enjoyed it, as I do all of the Deverry books, but it was a bit strange to have the beginning and end chapters in the "present," a.k.a. Jill and Rhodry's time, but the entire middle was a linear story set a few hundred years before. I kept wondering, when am I going to get back to Rhodry's story?The story of the blue sprite has always stuck in my brain, although I couldn't remember how exactly it went. It is yet another underscoring moment when we realize that these past lives do impact the lives that come after, in some very tangible and dangerous ways.I am also reminded of my admiration for Pertyc and the traits he passed along to his children and grandchildren etc. The story of the rebellion was one I had completely forgotten about, but seeing how foolish some people can be and how much they can hurt the ones they love (and even the ones they don't think about, such as common folk and even people they manipulate to get what they want) was a very interesting read. In fact, that seems a common thing in this series, and yet we seem to keep needing that reminder, don't we?My one complaint is that I don't like the Jill we meet in this book. She's hard, harsh, seemingly unfeeling. I know she had to give up a lot in order to take the dweomer, but she used to care a great deal, even about the common folk, and now she just seems to take up her mantle but without the compassion of Nevyn and Aderyn (she confesses as much towards the end). After knowing two dweomermen so intimately as we come to know and love Nevyn and Aderyn, it's difficult to watch a character I loved turn into such a hard-hearted person for the sake of her craft. But in the end, I'm looking forward to continuing on my re-read and re-discovering Jill in her new role.

  • Benjamin Thomas
    2019-04-16 10:10

    This book opened the second quartet of the lengthy Deverry series. Just at the point when a series has the potential to begin growing stale, Ms Kerr takes steps to prevent that by opening up the plot to the Westlands, the home of the elves with their unique culture and long life spans. This novel continues the trend of jumping to a different point on the timeline in order to tell a tale that is relevant to the greater story arcs that permeate the entire series. It's sort of like reading several novellas within the larger novel. This particular book has two major stories that take place in the past of the "current" story with Jill and Rhodry with the current story line serving as bookends.I was glad to finally read the story of the human wizard Aderyn and how he comes to make his life with the elves. He is a great character and I could really sympathize with his story. His love of the elven girl Dallandra was written very nicely and was heartbreaking, indeed. I wasn't as interested in a couple of the subplots this time however which is why I knocked it down one star. The were OK but seemed to drag some. A lot of time has lapsed before the beginning of this book and I found that the changed relationship between Jill, now experienced in the dwoemer, and Rhodry didn't ring all that true but perhaps there is more to that story yet to be revealed in later volumes.Ms Kerr continues her fine style and her settings are wonderful. She introduces us to many more characters; this world is getting more complex as we go. And of course, any time you have a world where characters come back as reincarnated versions of themselves...well the possibilities are endless. My favorite part of this book, however, was the last two paragraphs which serves up a tantalizing tease for the next novel, and perhaps well beyond. Intriguing to say the least.

  • Kerry
    2019-04-20 04:11

    I'm sure I started this one - I may even have finished it - back when it came out, but I didn't get invested in it. Looking back now (at a point where I'm halfway through A Time of Omens, the book after this one), I suspect it's because at about twenty, I was far too engaged in the Jill/Rhodry aspects of the series and at its most basic, that relationship seems to end here (although I now suspect/realise it is not at all that simple). What I was reading for seemed to have gone and so I stopped.Twenty five or so years later, I'm now fully engaged with the entire world, all the different areas of history and geography and culture and character that Kerr is creating. I'm loving all the different timelines and all the different characters. I can't always remember who is an incarnation of whom, but since the individual stories are all great to read, it doesn't always matter. If it is particularly important (as in the case of the companionship of the blue sprite in this book for example) Kerr makes it clear even to readers with faulty memories to me.With a total of fifteen books in the series, it's going to take me a while to get through them all, but I plan to fully enjoy the journey and I now own all of them, so I can read steadily onwards at my own pace.

  • Tatiana
    2019-04-19 10:19

    The Deverry saga is composed of cycles. So you have a real ending at the end of Book 4 (end of the first cycle). A Time of Exile marks the beginning of the second cycle, that will last 4 books again.The story begins some years after the end of book 4. We meet again with our protagonists Jill and Rhodry. Rhodry, now Gwerbret, is told by Jill, who had an omen, that he has to leave his position and rejoin his father's people: the elves, who live in the Westlands. The plot of this new cycle will concern a rose ring owned by Rhodry, that is marked by a particular dweomer (magic).This book is as suspenseful as the previous ones. The plot is full of surprises and interesting discoveries. The novel still offers us some flashbacks, that will make us learn more about what happened in the Westlands at the time of Gweniver (flashback Book 2), or about the civil war when Rhodry was known as Maddyn.The writing is as good as before, keeping that elevated style and talent for descriptions of landscape, atmosphere, and characters' behaviours.A very good read!

  • Kenny
    2019-04-02 03:09

    Ahh, its a comfort coming back to the world of Deverry and the style of Ms Kerr.This book, like many of the "dagger*" series is composed of different timelines - this time the 'present' is somme 40 years later when Rhodry is regretting his elvish heritage (and so is his son, waiting for his father to die off so he can inherit). The other timelines mainly follow Adeyrn and the an ill fated uprising which cause the Maelwaedd family (Rhodry's family) to come to power.This book focussed much more on the Westfolk - the elves of this world, and their mysterious Guardians. Honestly the spirit/otherworldly bits are a bit tiring for me, and I don't yet see their significance, although I am sure I will later in this series. But I really enjoy reading more about the convoluted human politics of how the various families vie for power - and how it all looks so ridiculous to the Westfolk.Also this book ends on an awesome cliffhanger, where we finally find out what the mysterious silver ring is all about!

  • Mark
    2019-03-21 10:35

    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.

  • Broodingferret
    2019-03-23 03:10

    Picking up a good 40 years after the events of the last book, A Time of Exile continues Kerr's Deverry series without losing any steam. I was struck, again, by the believable development of the characters; while certainly different in many ways from the last book-40 years will have an effect, after all-the characters' core personalities are still readily apparent, leading the reader to feel both the comfort of the familiar and the excitement of the new simultaneously. Kerr also returns to her back-and-forth across time "celtic knot" storytelling style, and mostly to good effect. One plot point, however, from Rhodry's soul's "past" (the White Lady), seems a bit artificial in how it's handled, though it does build off of established story points from the previous novels, so it doesn't come entirely out of left field. A satisfying continuation of the series.

  • Neill Smith
    2019-04-17 07:26

    Aderyn finishes his training with Nevyn as an herbman and a wizard and must leave to discover his own Wyrd. Upon creating his ritual he heard the voices of the Great Ones who instructed him to pursue his Wyrd to the west. During his travels he meets with the Elves, the Elcyion Lacar, and is taken to one of their magicians. As he compares views of magic with Nananna, Wise Woman of the Elcyion Lacar, he discovers that their understanding of magic is very different and he determines to stay and learn more. He falls in love with Dallandra, Nananna's apprentice, and eventually the two of them work together to increase their respective magic. However his life with the elves also draws him into a conflict involving the elves' ancestral lands. This leads to a war of succession between Deverry and Eldidd at the time of the beginning of the settlement of the Westlands by the elves, known as the Elcyion Lacar, and the beginning of the power of the Maelwaedds in Aberwyn.

  • Fantasy Literature
    2019-04-06 08:30

    A Time of Exile, the first book in the second DEVERRY quartet, opens a number of years after the events in Daggerspell. Rhodry is getting older, but his Westfolk genes have given him long life and people are starting to mutter dweomer when they look at him. He stages his own death so that he is able to slip away from his life in Aberwyn. He meets Jill again when he heads into the lands of the Westfolk, the first time he has seen her since she left him for the dweomer. She is now a master, and refuses to consider the idea of a relationship between them.The rest of the novel takes place in the past with the Westfolk and Aderyn taking centre stage. I like the way that in each of the Deverry books you never know how much time you will spend in the present or past.In general, A Time of Exile Read More:

  • Lizzie Newell
    2019-04-17 09:08

    A Time of Exile by Katherine Kerr has been an enjoyable read for the most part. However, the story has jerky confusing transitions. Generally the time and place for each scene is unclear until the second or third paragraph. The story is incomplete in itself and requires the reader to remember characters from earlier parts of the stories. Coupled with confusing similarity of names and the awkward transitions I was at times lost even though I've read the previous books in the series recently. The prologue of this book is quite nice, a better opening than the ones in the previous book. But once again the plot goes offtrack and doesn't answer the questions posed by the opening and by the ending of the previous book. This leaves me feeling that I'm being strung along.

  • Patrickderaaff
    2019-04-13 04:08

    Een heel goed boek! Het verleden van Aderyn en zijn band met het Westvolk wordt uit de doeken gedaan, een belangrijk stuk uit het verleden van de Maelwaedds wordt verhaald en we zien hoe een kwelgeest de ziel van Rhodry op een verstikkende manier gedurende meerdere levens volgt, met een opmerkelijke reden: liefde. Het belangrijkste onderdeel van Banneling is volgens mij de introductie van de Wachters. Ik vermoed dat we daar nog veel meer van gaan horen. En aan het eind van het boek gooit een Katharine Kerr nog even een lijntje uit wat een interessant vervolg zal hebben in het volgende deel.

  • Penelope Green
    2019-04-16 07:15

    Not quite as strong as the original four, this still holds up very, very well on a re-read and despite the way it sounded when I tried to explain it to someone ("celtic refugees flee Rome into a new world where they build a new civilisation - with magic and elves and reincarnation") it really sucks you in to feel like it's all very real and solid and matters. Plus it's very readable - classic case of a plan to sit and read the 8 pages to a section break only to discover I've missed bed-time but am 90 pages ahead of schedule.

  • Katherine
    2019-04-14 05:16

    This is a good story, taking place quite some time after the events of the original Deverry Cycle. Rhodry has grown children, but has barely aged himself, the effects of his half elf heritage are starting to show. So he has to fake his own death, and goes off to the Westlands to live with his Elven kin.This only serves as a frame for the other stories, however, as we get to jump back and forwards in time, following the story of how Aderyn joins the Westfolk, and some of the other incarnations of Rhodry.If you liked the other Deverry books, you'll like this one.

  • Hilary
    2019-04-06 09:25

    In general, the new Westlands saga helps join the history of the Westfolk and Aderyn to that of Deverry and Rhodry, but this does far more than that. It expands the world both chronologically and geographically, giving more depth to characters and reminding me once again that there's no such thing as a casual reference for Katharine Kerr; names mentioned just once in the earlier books now come to life here.

  • Angela
    2019-04-08 02:36

    Nevyn is now dead, and the hero of the previous series of novels has to go to live with the elves. The wise one of the Elves tells a story of how he first discovered them, and the battles with the round ears that followed. The flashback portion is really engaging with enough plot twists to keep you reading. I found the present day plot a bit predictable. I think you would need to read the series before this one, so that you are already invested in the characters. A good read.

  • Andrew Golubiewski
    2019-04-01 03:38

    So, I'm 6 books done of 15 in the Deverry Cycle series'. Just had a friend ask about it and I feel I had the perfect short description. It's a history of a world based on Celtic history and lore, containing magic and fantasy races, as told through intertwined souls reincarnating through time. Starts out as just the interplay between the main character souls but expands into a world history once the reincarnation factor really starts to take hold a few books in. Good series so far all in all.

  • Kate
    2019-03-30 10:28

    I just don't know where this series is going - what is it actually about? There's an awful lot of fighting/warring which just gets boring and to be honest seems really unexplained. The book only just keeps my interest, I still don't know why everyone raves about these, I much prefer Kerr's sci-fi!

  • Ellise
    2019-04-14 09:33

    These books are one of a kind. Book one of the The Westlands Cycle and book five of The Deverry Series this book fits in with the last four amazing books!I love how fast these books are as it makes them so easy and fast to read. I know i will definitely stay all the way till the end not only to follow the characters journey but to see what else Kerr can do with her amazing writing talent!