A Time of Exile: Not as good as the first four books

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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 is disappointing in comparison to the first four Deverry books — mainly because of pacing and characterization issues. The Guardians are extremely fey, and I didn’t particularly like either Elassario or Evandar. The periods of time that Dallandra spent with the Guardians was of necessity very dreamlike, and that negatively affected the pacing of the plot.

I also found the blue sprite that has hounded Rhodry through all of his many lives extremely tiresome, although it did amuse me that Jill became jealous about the sprite! Altogether, 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. It’s a shame when one of your favourite characters becomes someone you don’t really care for anymore.

However, I love Aderyn — he is so calm and wise, and yet so very human. His relationship with Dallandra was both sweet and heart breaking in turn. And the final paragraph of A Time of Exile was extremely intriguing and will guarantee that I read further!

All in all, the poorer elements of A Time of Exile are not enough to discourage me from reading on, and I look forward to the next Deverry novel.

Deverry — (1986-2009) Publisher: Even as a young girl,  Jill was a favorite of the magical, mysterious  Wildfolk, who appeared to her from their invisible  realm. Little did she know her extraordinary  friends represented but a glimpse of a forgotten past  and a fateful future. Four hundred years-and many  lifetimes-ago, one selfish young lord caused the  death of two innocent lovers. Then and there he  vowed never to rest until he’d rightened that  wrong — and laid the foundation for the lives of Jill  and all those whom she would hold dear: her  father, the mercenary soldier Cullyn; the exiled  berserker Rhodry Maelwaedd; and the ancient and  powerful herbman Nevyn, all bound in a struggle against  darkness… and a quest to fulfill the  destinies determined centuries ago. Here in this newly  revised edition comes the incredible novel that  began one of the best-loved fantasy seers in recent  years — a tale of bold adventure and timeless  love, perilous battle and pure magic.

Act one: Deverry — In the UK, the third book is Dawnspell: The Bristling Wood, and the fourth book is Dragonspell: The Southern Sea.

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Act two: The Westlands — in the UK, the third book is A Time of War and the fourth book is A Time of Justice.

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Act three: The Dragon Mage

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Act four: The Silver Wyrm — in the UK, these are continuations of Act Three: The Dragon Mage.

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AMANDA RUTTER, one of our guest reviewers, used to be an accountant in the UK but she escaped the world of numbers and is now living in a fantasy world she creates. She runs Angry Robot's YA imprint, Strange Chemistry. And we knew her when....

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