News from Deverry

May 9th, 2008

In response to some comments here and elsewhere, I thought I should tell everyone what’s happening with the series. First of all, THE SHADOW ISLE from DAW or HarperCollinsUK is out right now, hardback from DAW, trade paper from HCUK. Two different covers, and I like both of them a lot — my, what a refreshing change, huh?

Anyway, ISLE is -not- the last book in the series. It was going to be, but it grew and split like a single-celled lifeform. The last book, and for business reasons in the UK it will have to be the last book, is going to be THE SILVER MAGE, which will be out next year sometime — I have no idea when because I’ve not finished it yet. It is going to be long, most likely. The other night I made a list of the events that have to get into the book, and good grief! a lot of loose ends to be tied up!

Now that I can see the computer screen without getting an awful headache from squinting, I will put together some new material for the website, too.

53 Responses to “News from Deverry”

  1. Lois Tiltonon 10 May 2008 at 3:22 am

    Long is good!

  2. Amanda Weinsteinon 10 May 2008 at 6:04 am

    I find myself in complete agreement with Lois — long is good :)

  3. Lois Tiltonon 10 May 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Well, I have the penultimate ordered, so I’ll be ready.

  4. Stacyon 12 May 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I just put a review of The Shadowed Isle on where I expressed my relief that there was going to be another book, as I could not figure out how even the almighty Kit could wrap it all up in just one book after The Spirit Stone. Make it as long as you want. I’ll certainly be looking for it.

  5. Carolon 12 May 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I am so excited! I can’t wait to get back home (I’m working in urumchi, NW China at the moment) and buy it! My husband will probably want to buy it for my birthday but I can’t wait the extra week when I return. And yes, long IS good…it can never be long enough for my liking! Keep up the good work!

  6. Kate Elliotton 12 May 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Long is fine by me. I thought Shadow Isle was too short. So there.

    Carol: Urumchi! Where the textiles were found! What are you doing there, if I may ask?

  7. Katharine Kerron 12 May 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Kate, you beat me to it! Urumchi where the mummiesare? Do tell, Carol!

  8. Katharine Kerron 12 May 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Kate, SHADOW ISLE is now longer than when you read it in mss.

  9. Carolon 13 May 2008 at 8:37 am

    Its in NW China (for those reading who don’t know)…I am a geologist, (exploration geo) which explains the weird places! Interesting culture, all the han chinese, also muslims, the local Uiger people, a real melting pot. I also worked a year in Mongolia which was neat,,,very remote, cool nomadic lifestyles, and that was where I started to write the book I’m still not even half way through, (I have been so busy lately…too much travel…I know I know, I sound un-grateful!). If you ever want to know anything about the lands of the far-removed let me know! :)
    Kate, Katherine, you have both been so great for me, especially when I get lonely I always have my favourite books, lands, characters and places near by. So you see, longer really is better! 😉

  10. Adyon 13 May 2008 at 10:27 am

    Yay! I know what I’m doing this weekend! I can’t wait to read it!

  11. Laurianon 13 May 2008 at 11:09 am

    I am living in Switzerland and spend a lot of time scraping around for books in english – long is great.

  12. Laurieon 15 May 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I was telling my boyfriend what a sad panda I was that this was going to be the last book. I opened the cover and saw it wouldn’t be, and I let out a big cheer!

    Ahh, but it was so, so good. Can’t wait for The Silver Mage!

  13. Constance Ashon 15 May 2008 at 6:21 pm

    I finished reading Shadow Isle a few days ago. It is beautifully written. It was such a pleasure to be back in Deverry.

    Love, C.

  14. Katharine Kerron 16 May 2008 at 1:03 am

    If long is good, then SILVER MAGE is bound to be good. . . much to my surprise, there’s going to be a past life section, this one from when the Devetians first arrived in Annwn, which I never thought I’d deal with. What’s more, it’s spawned a second past life section for later in this book which is threatening to become massive.

    Still, I’ve written the ending, so I know that it’s the last in the series. I’ve also written the beginning. It’s always those middles that make us work, isn’t it? :-)

  15. Stacyon 16 May 2008 at 11:12 am

    It can’t possibly be longer than the final Wheel of Time book is sure to be. Too long is better than too short – this all reminds me of the April Fools Day posting on Locus Online about the final book in G.R.R. Martin’s series –

  16. Charleson 16 May 2008 at 3:09 pm

    I’m looking forward to finally getting around to reading the Deverry books. I actually had the first 3 on my Christmas list last year. I ended up getting books 2, 3 and 4 instead of 1, 2 and 3. (The same happened with the Bujold Chalion books I received.)

    Can’t wait to dive in.

  17. ClaireUKon 17 May 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Yay! Take as long as you like with this next book (and take care too!). These books are like family now and while I can’t wait for the Silver Mage, I want to say goodbye to them all over a nice long read. And a past life section!

    I noticed that US Shadow Isle had more pages than UK Shadow Isle. Please tell me this is just different paper / font etc and that HarperCollins (whom I’m already hexing due to the whole HB thing) haven’t done us the dirty?

  18. BarryMon 18 May 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I have just finished the Shadow Isle, and while it was a long wait it was well worth it, a great read and worthy addition to an amazing series.

    Having visited the web site I am a bit concerned about the following comment about the forth coming Silver Mage as “The last book, and for business reasons in the UK it will have to be the last book”. Is it possible to explain what business reasons dictate that this MUST be the last book?

    While I can understand that an author could become bored with writing the same story line, I can personally state that I would love to see this series continued, perhaps in a following generation of lives reincarnated.

    Basically I just don’t want this journey to end.

  19. Lois Tiltonon 21 May 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Having just finished the most recent volume, I was struck by the resemblance of Alshandra’s armies to the description of the Joel’s Army movement of the dominionist right.

    And I suspect this is not just coincidence.

  20. Katharine Kerron 22 May 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Claire, the page count difference is indeed only a matter of the typeface and typesize. HC UK is determined to pinch every penny these days by saving paper costs among other big cuts. Which is about all I can say publicly, Barry, about those business reasons.

    Still, I also really do want to write something new. I’ve been working on Deverry on and off since 1982 . . .

    Lois, you are right as always.

  21. SarahLeeCon 26 May 2008 at 10:42 pm

    It was with both trepidation and exitement that I opened the Shadow Isle, thinking it was the last book.. I love this series, and I read them over and over. I desperately need a conclusion, but don’t wish to let them go. Loved it (of course) and now looking forward to the Silver Mage!! Long is fantastic, please don’t make us wait too long for it !!

  22. Mariaon 28 May 2008 at 6:27 am

    I love the Deverry books and I am both glad and sad that the series will be finished soon. I used to give the books as presents, but the German edition is out of print and the more recent books never were published in Germany. Are there any news whether they will be republished, so I can give them to my lazier friends?
    By the way, my favourite edition is the Swedish one, nice hardbacks with large letters, easily read in the gloomier light while lying in bed 😉
    Hopefully your eyes have now fully recoverd!
    Best wishes from Germany

  23. Katharine Kerron 28 May 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Sarah, the conclusion of this series isn’t going to be some huge resolution of everything. Just so you know. :-)

    Maria, I’m glad to hear you liked the books. Alas, there probably won’t be any more German editions. I gather that DroemerKnaur overbought fantasy, and then decided to dump the entire line when it didn’t sell as well as expected. Still, we can always hope!

  24. Poizinivyon 30 May 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I am so glad to hear that there will be flash backs to previous times. I always enjoyed them, but wanted to rush back to what was going on right now. With the last two books it has mostly been what is going on right now. I have to say that depite what I used to think I wanted, I have missed the previous incarnations motives affecting todays actions. And I agree make it long. Make it last!

    Also, I have hard back covers only in the last few books that have recently come out. My copy of Daggerspell is worn out. Is there anywhere that I can get hard backs of the first half of the series? Is there a chance that once the series if finished that the whole set will be re-released as a collectors set in hardback?

  25. Kate Elliotton 31 May 2008 at 4:55 am

    Carol, re: your work travels, all I can say is: Wow. Just — Wow.

  26. BarryMon 02 Jun 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Katharine, thank you for your response to our eamils, I am sure the others appreciate the feedback as much as I do.
    Can you give us some idea of what story line you might follow on your new series, are you talking about a departure from your current theme?
    I find it rather amazing that all these people, from all over the world (I am in Australia) have the same passion for you works. I believe this demonstrates what a wide appeal your writing has, a real ‘feather in your cap’ as it where.
    You stated that you have been writing Deverry since 1982, where these the first books you published?
    All the best
    Barry, from the land of OZ

  27. SarahLeeCon 04 Jun 2008 at 4:19 am

    I am also interested in the answers to the questions posed by Barry. I also have appreciated the feedback – a bit of excitement for me (also in Australia) as I have been reading the Deverry series since ’91 at age 11! I feel somewhat at ease now knowing that the ending is going to be exactly what the characters deserve!!

  28. Katharine Kerron 04 Jun 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Barry, I’m not going to start a new series, or at least, I think I won’t now at this moment. Deverry snuck up on me, and who knows what will happen next! I have sketches of two stand-alone books I want to write, though, one set in ancient Rome, one in the Middle Ages in the foothills of the Alps — somewhere.

    I may even finish the book I was writing when Deverry attacked. :-) Back in 1982, I was working on a straight historical novel, set in California around WWI, when I read an Awful Fantasy Short Story. I said to my husband, I could write a better story than that! He said, why don’t you? So I started one, that got bigger and bigger and wouldn’t leave me alone. That original “short story” is now the last section of A TIME OF OMENS.

    DAGGERSPELL was originally back story. Hah. Anyway, it was published in October of 1986 in the US, a year later in the UK. Thanks to various trials and tribulations, the 2 publication schedules came together in 1989 when book 3 came out in both places.

    The month that I started writing Deverry, my oldest friend (we met in 5th grade!) had a baby. That baby just had a baby of her own.

  29. Donna Brownon 20 Jun 2008 at 2:07 am

    I’m so glad to hear there’s a new Deverry! Will be out to find it this weekend. Hope that somewhere here in Hawaii is carrying it – if not – Amazon!

    Hope all is good with you, Katherine!

  30. BarryMon 20 Jun 2008 at 4:37 am

    Must say that the concept of ancient Rome has appeal, any chance you would put up an excerpt at some point?

    I am really looking forward to the release of the Silver Mage. I hope that you don’t run into any publishing problems, hate to have to wait to long, but just the same I understand if you are reluctant to bring this journey to a close.

    While I was looking in a local Sydney bookshop, Galaxy Books, I came across a hard cover of the Silver Mage (only one left), didn’t think they would be releasing any of the hard covers over here. They must have imported some as specials, as I haven’t seen any in the mainstream bookshops there all Trade Paperbacks.

    Have you ever been approached to have any of your works made into a movie? I know that some do not work well, or can be poorly represented, however the recent efforts of “Lord of the Rings”, “Harry Potter” and “Narnia” would indicate that these can be well done.

    Would you consider something like this for the Deverry series? Any ideas for the lead roles, now that would be an interesting coversation?

    All the best

  31. Donna Brownon 24 Jun 2008 at 1:00 am

    Got it! Reading it!

  32. Donna Brownon 28 Jun 2008 at 1:08 am

    Just finished – wow! What a good read, now tapping foot impatiently waiting for Silver Mage. I loved what you did with Neb and Ebany!!

  33. Ginnyfon 08 Aug 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Wow, i’m soo happy that i found this site. I- also from the land of Oz- love the series. i came across it when i was about 16 and had given up on finding ANY author’s i liked or felt worth reading- i know it’s horrible but my school library left much to be desired- Anyway, i went to my local library and whilst looking through the shelves i found Daggerspell! it caught my attention and i’ve been hooked ever since i must say that your novels inspired me so much i re-engaged with novels….actually now more than ten years later, i am back at university studying to be an english teacher!

    basically i a big fan and can’t wait for the Silver Mage! like others i’m hoping it’s long as i really don’t want it to end- ever!
    although i understand also that you must have other ideas for novels etc. but this series really is so wonderfully written i don’t know how i will cope knowing that this wonderful world you’ve created will now be closed to myself and others.

  34. Cathieon 16 Nov 2008 at 8:23 am

    Wow, Hi Katharine et al.

    I too am in Australia, and I am thoroughly hooked. My family know not to get between me and the book when it gets delivered. I tend to buy from Amazon, as I can get it before it comes out here.

    I am soooo sad at the tale dying, but excited to finally end it all.

    I love the ideas of the two possibles mentioned above.

    I must say, I was given a book in 1987 from a friend who had toured America, for my 18th birthday. I think that makes me a “old” Australian reader.

    Thank you for the hours of pleasure, and know as soon as the Silver Mage is delivered I will have to re-read all of the others first.

    Katharine Kerr is my Queen of fantasy. Please do not make them into a movie, it will never be as good! (Lord of the Rings isn’t)

  35. Nadiaon 06 Dec 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Just so you know Katharine, your books are our family heirlooms! My mum started reading them, when she was a young lady, when they first came out and I started reading them when I was a grotty teenager. We both love your books and your characters and I’ve spread the love all over my Uni!

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you’ve put in! You’ve never skimped on quality and we really appreciate it! xxx

  36. Rikkion 06 Jan 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I too am in Australia and absolutely love this series! I find that if I read any other books then I am constantly comparing them to the Deverry Series and I haven’t found anything that is as enjoyable as these books.

    Thank you for writing them and sticking with it for so long, I wish it would never end!

    I and my family have had many hours of enjoyment reading this series, and appreciate the work that must go into creating something this huge.

    Good luck with the final book!

  37. Narda Weberon 10 Feb 2009 at 6:22 pm

    My daughter handed me “A Time of Omens” and said, “I think you’ll like this.” Totally and forever hooked on the story! I have all the books, have re-read them SO many times, and it never gets old. Katharine’s marvelous writing has become the standard by which I choose other books to fill in while waiting for the Silver Mage. Yum.

  38. Laine Con 05 Apr 2009 at 3:39 am

    Hi Katherine & All

    Another Aussie here, love your work have read Deverry series since late 1980’s, as well as anything else I could find of yours, and wait with baited breath for the next intstalment. Thank you very much for a great series, is most enjoyable and looking forward to the final installment but will miss the impending joy of a new Deverry arrival and look forward to a new and just as interesting story… Laine

  39. Laurelon 06 Apr 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I too am looking forward to the final installment. Make it as long as you like! I just finished the Shadow Isle and was hoping for more pages to magically appear. I’ve read the entire series, twice and turned my husband and best friend on to them as well.
    It is incredibly unusual these days to find an author with actual talent. One who can tell a story without having to rely on blood and trick character changes/reversals to tell the tale. I was totally amazed when George R.R. Martin came along but I believe he decided to write a “The grittiest soap opera on Earth” instead of the wonderful universe he started with. So very sad.
    So, really, what am I going to do when you’ve finished? There’s no one else out there!
    Please keep up updated on your other projects, the two you mentioned sound interesting.

  40. Kliffon 09 Jun 2009 at 9:22 am

    Hi Katherine

    I first started reading fantasy as a teen (the standard Tolkien fare) but it was in the late 90’s when I discovered your books and I have to say: Wow!

    Hooked ever since…

    I sorta fell behind a few years ago but have recently purchased the last 3 books in the series and re-read the lot to catch up. Now I see you have only one more book to go and it’s a bit sad for me to see the end of it all, but I wish you all the best with whatever it is you plan to write in the future as I’m sure It’ll be just as addictive!

  41. Catherineon 10 Jun 2009 at 6:31 am

    Hi Katherine (Cool name by the way)

    I’ve been waiting with baited breath for the last novel in the Deverry series – BUT I’m with everyone else – Please make it as looong as possible.

    I started reading Daggerspell in highschool and fell in love with all the characters and the story.

    I have advised so many friends to start reading the series – I have bought Daggerspell about eight times – it keeps getting stolen.

    I re read the whole series everytime a new book comes out – so I can’t wait to start over again (my poor husband!)

  42. Kiton 10 Jun 2009 at 8:48 am

    Katherine, I’ve been hooked on Deverry since the beginning and I don’t want it to end! Like everyone else here, I’m hoping that Mage is very, very loooong!

    As a Brit, I feel I must apologise on behalf of my nation for whatever shabby, cheap, and miserly antics your UK publishers are subjecting you to. I understand that you don’t want to discuss it publicly in any detail, but I’m dead curious. I hope your British fans won’t be missing out on anything due to cost-cutting?

    I also would love to see Deverry made into films, but I doubt if they could ever be done justice. There just isn’t enough ‘fat’ to trim, as EVERYTHING in them is so crucially important. There would have to be (at least) three films for each book, and each of those would be a three-hour epic. I’d love to see it happen (and have already cast the entire series), but I’d rather having nothing than a poorly cobbled together compromise, or worse, a low-budget TV mini-series! Ech!

    Anyway, the Deverry books are (and will no doubt remain) my all-time favourites. Thank you so much for filling my life and my shelves with so much top-quality writing. I consider myself a pretty discerning reader within the genre, and as far as I’m concerned your work ticks every one of my many boxes!


  43. Kiton 10 Jun 2009 at 9:12 am

    Oops, just noticed I spelled your name wrong. Sorry, Katharine.

    (I should’a just called you Kit instead. Since it’s my name too, I probably would have got it right!) LOL

  44. marcon 13 Jul 2009 at 9:18 am

    this is only place i could find to ask this question. I read a book about 10 years ago. the main story was a type of priest character took a young woman from her village. She had visions of either past/ future and im sure i remember boar clan mentioned and the girls name being lili. I think it was a katharine kerr book was wondering if it rings a bell with anyone and if so the title. I know its not the red wryvern as i have that one. knowing me i may have read two books and in my memory slammed them together. Any help will be appreciated.

  45. Nardaon 14 Jul 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Marc, you have two books by different authors mixed together! Lili (Lillorigga) was a daughter of the Boar Clan in Kit’s Deverry series, in “The Red Wyvern”. The vision-plagued girl stolen and abused by an evil “priest” was in another series, and I cannot find my copy of it. Must have gone on to another reader. There were about 4 books in that series, and I’m sorry I can’t give you any more information than this! If it comes to me in the middle of the night, I’ll post it.

  46. Marcon 15 Jul 2009 at 7:55 am

    Thank you Narda.
    My memory can be terrible at times it wouldnt surprise me if in a few years i think it was Tom Sawyer that went to Mordor to get rid of a ring. Much appreciate the post. I think these books (Deverry) are ones im going to have to read more of enjoyed The Red Wyvern and the reincarnation aspect especially so.

  47. Nardaon 17 Jul 2009 at 7:16 pm

    HAHA!! I finally got it! The series about the girl who became a King’s Lion is the “Crown of Stars” series by Kate Elliott. A complicated story, because it goes on for several years, and more and more stuff gets revealed, some as lies and some as truth. I appreciated The author’s research into various historical bits–for instance, the horde of bad guys who wore iron “wings” as part of their armor, and it “whirred” as they rode, terrifying the opposition. Turns out there were some real historical soldiers who were armed in such a fashion, I saw it on the History Channel after reading the books. Too bad I don’t remember who they were…..Any way, good reading to you!

  48. marcon 20 Jul 2009 at 3:02 am

    Brilliant! that sounds like it may be the one. I got them both out of the library at the same time as they had dragon in the title (i dont choose all books on that basis) and eagles and boars lilli and lillith can easily be mistaking during recall. Thank you very, very much Narda and also for the info on medieval armour that makes a noise sounds similar to the idea sarmatian calvary used with their dragon head things i think. Thanks again.

  49. Melissaon 05 Aug 2009 at 9:51 am

    greetings from oz!
    i love this series!
    good on you for making an impression on us all with your fantastic story-telling.
    i just finished shadow isle and now dont know what to do with myself untill november
    thanks for everything!

  50. Magnuson 29 Oct 2009 at 4:34 am

    Found this page while researching a little about the Deverry series. I think I was around 16-17 when I first picked up the first book, I must admit I had a really hard time following the story back then with the names and years twisting and turning. Read the first 4 books over maybe 2 years and then jumped to the 7th book and took it from there (8 and 9)… hey it was a dragon on the front, and yes i did judge it by it’s cover. Anyway. I started all over from the first book a couple of weeks back and planning to once and for all go thru the whole series this time. The only thing about this that scares me ALOT is that it will end. Every time I have re-read these books and haven’t had the chance to continue I have felt empty inside. Thank you Katharine for the most wonderful and epic fantasy story ever told. I still have at least 6 books to go, I will try to read them as slow as I can.

    All the best.

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