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The Dragon Mage

Well, I finished The Dragon Mage series: (7)"The Red Wyvern", (8)"The Black Raven", & (9)"The Fire Dragon".

You would think from the titles that there would be a dragon mage in the books, or at least more dragons. The Red Wyvern of the first book was a heraldic device. This series deals mostly with two stories. One of the stories is about how Nevyn made Prince Maryn the High King of all Deverry to end the civil wars and drive out the Boar clan (no dragons involved). The other story is about the free people in the North Country and Rori and Dallandra fighting the raven sorceress and the Horsekin.

At least there is one dragon involved but no Dragon Mage.

Now I have to buy the last four books of the series.

Katharine Kerr describes this series of books as being like Celtic knot work. Each book is one knot. Each mini-series is a clump of related knots and the whole series is knotted all together. That is why the stories keep jumping back and forth in time and stories that are just touched in passing in one book are dealt with in detail in another book.

Anyway I need to go back and work out what happens in each book and who is who. It's not just that the story has been going on so long that I have forgotten what happened in the earlier books. But the characters keep dieing and being reborn. There are reincarnation tables in each book but they don't really explain all the relationships that need to be worked out.

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