Katharine Kerr

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Katharine Kerr
Cleveland, Ohio
Notable worksThe Deverry Cycle
SpouseHoward Kerr

Katharine Kerr (born 1944) is an American science fiction and fantasy novelist, best known for her series of Celtic-influenced high fantasy novels set in the fictional land of Deverry.


Katharine Kerr was born in Cleveland, Ohio; her maiden name is Katharine Nancy Brahtin. She describes her family feeling more like "British-in-exile" than American. She describes her inability to spell properly using either the British or American systems as a result of having been taught to read solely with British books. While still a schoolgirl, her family moved to Santa Barbara, California. In 1969, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, eventually moving to San Francisco itself. She spent time studying at Stanford University but dropped out in the mid-1960s. She then worked in some low-paying jobs, including work at a post office.[1]

In 1973, she met up with Howard Kerr, an old friend of hers from secondary school; they were married that same year. In 1979, a friend gave Katharine her first fantasy-role playing game. This gift led her to a fascination with the gaming and fantasy field, which in turn led her to write articles for gaming magazines. She spent time as a contributing editor to Dragon magazine and contributed to gaming modules for both TSR, Inc. and Chaosium.[1] She co-authored the adventure Legacy of Blood for Dungeons & Dragons, as well as adventures for the Pendragon role-playing game.

Katharine Kerr now dedicates herself exclusively to fiction.


Deverry novels[edit]

See Deverry cycle for a synopsis of Deverry.

The novels of Deverry are perhaps Kerr's best-known works. Originally envisioned as a short story or novella, the project grew into a series of fifteen full novels.

The series is written in a non-linear style: the principal narrative is frequently interrupted by flashbacks to events that occurred decades, or even centuries, before. These flashbacks concern the prior incarnations of characters in the principal narrative, and provide insight into the relationships of the characters in their current incarnations.

Kerr has likened the series to a play, breaking the story into several acts:

  • Act one: Deverry
  1. Daggerspell (1986)
  2. Darkspell (1987) – later reissued in an "author's definitive edition" ISBN 978-0-553-56888-2
  3. The Bristling Wood (1989) – United States title; issued in the United Kingdom as Dawnspell: The Bristling Wood ISBN 978-0-553-28581-9
  4. The Dragon Revenant (1990) – US title; issued in the UK as Dragonspell: The Southern Sea ISBN 978-0-246-13558-2
  • Act two: The Westlands
  1. A Time of Exile (1991) ISBN 978-0-553-29813-0
  2. A Time of Omens (1992) ISBN 978-0-553-29011-0
  3. Days of Blood and Fire (1993) – US title; issued in the UK as A Time of War ISBN 978-0-586-21197-7
  4. Days of Air and Darkness (1994) – US title; issued in the UK as A Time of Justice ISBN 978-0-00-647859-1
  • Act three: The Dragon Mage
  1. The Red Wyvern (1997) ISBN 978-0-553-57264-3
  2. The Black Raven (1998) ISBN 978-0-553-57919-2
  3. The Fire Dragon (2000) ISBN 978-0-553-58247-5
  • Act four: The Silver Wyrm
  1. The Gold Falcon (2006) – US title; issued in the UK as the fourth book of The Dragon Mage ISBN 978-0-7564-0419-2
  2. The Spirit Stone (2007) – US title; issued in the UK as the fifth book of The Dragon Mage ISBN 978-0-7564-0477-2
  3. The Shadow Isle (2008) – US title; issued in the UK as the sixth book of The Dragon Mage ISBN 978-0-7564-0552-6
  4. The Silver Mage (2009) – US title; issued in the UK as the seventh book of The Dragon Mage ISBN 0-7564-0587-4

Polar City[edit]

  1. Polar City Blues (1990)
  2. Polar City Nightmare (2000) – with Kate Daniel

Nola O'Grady series[edit]

  1. License to Ensorcell (February 2011)
  2. Water to Burn (August 2011)
  3. Apocalypse to Go (February 2012)
  4. Love on the Run (August 2012)

All published by DAW books.

Novels in 'The Pinch' setting[edit]

The Runemaster books[edit]

Other novels[edit]



  1. ^ a b Kerr, Katharine. "About". Retrieved 2013-07-30.

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