Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr

That was a surprisingly good book. It’s set in a Celtic/Gallic kind of alternate world in a fairly primitive society. Nobles and lords might only a have a few men at arms and a large battle involves only a few hundred people. It is quite cool to see these small scale battles rather than ones involving thousands of people. We have around five or six main POV characters, from nobles to mercenaries to healers. 

What is really interesting is that in this world people have a ‘Wyrd’, a kind of fate that they need to work out and it can take many lifetimes to achieve. Your Wyrd can become entangled with others and actions in one life can have consequences in another.

So with all characters here we spend most of our time in the ‘current’ timeline but we also have two other stories of their previous lives and we can see how their fates became entangled. It is really well done. All the characters are well written and sympathetic, even the bad guys. 

For a story first published in 1987 I think it really holds its own. Yes there are elves and dwarves in it, but they honestly seem quite ordinary and don’t have a huge part to play. It really is quite an original story and I don’t recall reading anything like it which is refreshing. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series when I can as I’m very curious as to where it is going.

5 stars out of 5

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