The Bristling Wood

Dawnspell (UK title)

Author Katharine Kerr
Publication Order
Preceded by
Followed by
The Dragon Revenant

The Bristling Wood, or Dawnspell as it is known in the UK, is the third book in the Deverry Cycle. The book is set in two parts; a continuation of the travels of Rhodry and Jill as Silver Daggers during 1063, and; the story surrounding the origin of the Silver Daggers.

Publication History Edit

The Bristling Wood was originally published by Doubleday in hardcover format in March 1989. Bantam Spectra published a mass market paperback edition in May 1990. Bantam also published an e-book in Kindle format in December 2010.

Tantor Audio released an unabridged audiobook, narrated by Ruth Urquhart in August 2018.


Jill is kidnapped by a very peculiar lord, and Rhodry searches for her, but is captured by pirates and sold as as slave in the island country of Bardek. When Gwerbret Rhys is mortally wounded, the king overrides Rhodry’s sentence of exile.