Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Sword of Fire by Katharine Kerr

Can’t-Wait Wednesday, aka Waiting on Wednesday, is a weekly meme originating from Jill at Breaking the Spine and now hosted by Wishful Endings. If you’re interested in participating, stop by Wishful Endings to link up your posts.


The bards are the people’s voice–and their sword.

All over the kingdom of Deverry, the common people are demanding reform of the corrupt law courts. In Aberwyn, the situation catches fire when Gwerbret Ladoic, second in authority only to the High King, allows a bard to starve to death rather than hear their grievances.

Guildwoman Alyssa, a student at the local scholars’ collegium, and Lady Dovina, the gwerbret’s own daughter, know that evidence exists to overthrow the so-called traditional legal system, if they can only get it into the right hands. The powerful lords will kill anyone who threatens their privileges.

To retrieve the proof, Alyssa must make a dangerous journey that will either change her life forever–or end it.

Confession time, I’ve only read one Deverry book and it was years ago, but I’ve always wanted to read more. Since this is a brand new trilogy set in the world I think it’s a good a place to start as any! Sword of Fire is expected February 18th 2020 from DAW.

14 thoughts on “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Sword of Fire by Katharine Kerr

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum says:

    I want to read this one too! I’ve actually never read any of her books and I only found out the other day it was a return to her Deverry world – but sounds like she’s going to make it pretty accessible to new readers 😀

    • waytoofantasy says:

      I’ve read exactly one Deverry book and liked it a lot. I need to go back and start from the beginning at some point though lol. The one I read (King Kelson’s Bride) you didn’t need to read the previous books and it looks like this will be the same. Pretty excited for it!

  2. imyril says:

    AAAAAAH I didn’t realize the new Deverry was coming out (more or less) for my birthday! YAY. This has been a massive part of my bookshelf / reading life since I was too young to have been reading them at all (fantasy books are all suitable for children, right? She likes Tolkien. UM). Can’t wait 🙂

    • waytoofantasy says:

      That’s awesome, what a great birthday present then! 🙂
      I was reading Fantasy at a young age too although I didn’t read any Kerr until much later. I really need to go back and read more of this series because I’ve only read one of them! Glad you’re excited for this. 🙂

  3. @lynnsbooks says:

    I’ve not read anything by this author – this could be a starting point although, like Tammy, I already have a few books for Feb and tbh my catching up plans are just not behaving at all this month.
    Lynn 😀

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