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Camber of Culdi, Volume 1: In the Legends of Camber of Culdi [Mass Market Paperback]

Katherine Kurtz
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August 12, 1987 Legends of Camber of Culdi (Book 1)
Camber was the greatest of the Deryni who wanted to retire. But it was not to be. The kingdom of Gwynedd groaned under the tyranny of Imre and his sister and mistress, Ariella. And when Camber learned that Cinhil Haldane, a descendant of the previous kings, still lived, he was determined to set him on the throne in place of the evil ones....

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Camber was the greatest of the Deryni who wanted to retire. But it was not to be. The kingdom of Gwynedd groaned under the tyranny of Imre and his sister and mistress, Ariella. And when Camber learned that Cinhil Haldane, a descendant of the previous kings, still lived, he was determined to set him on the throne in place of the evil ones....

Product Details

  • Series: Legends of Camber of Culdi (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (August 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345347676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345347671
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,790,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Interesting Thought Out Work of Fantasy January 26, 2001
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While most people start with "Deryni Rising", this book is what brought me into the Deryni epic, about the legendary Saint Camber, appearing as a regular man. Or as close to that as a Deryni can get, actually.
This book has action, adventure, suspense, political intrigue, and sacrifice, the last often lacking in pulp fantasy. The system of magic is based on the Ceremonial Magic of Europe, and should also be familiar to the reader.
Gwyned is clearly a anglo/celtic/welsh country, a setting close to home to almost anyone who speaks English, so you are able to step right into the mindset of the characters. That makes it an easy read on it's own.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review on the deryni world...... June 23, 1998
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Katherine kurtz has always been my favourite athor. Her combination of the medieval world and her deryni characters is really weel detailed and researched. There is lots of character developement and conflict. Her ideas are original and full of ingenuity. Anyone who lies History and magic will love her books!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Or so it seems. I've been a fan of Katherine Kurtz' work for quite some time. I read this book first, since it was chronological in her canon, but it was not her first book of the Deryni series. The feeling of mystery and mysticism are very strong in all Kurtz' works, but I find her Camber series books to be the most intriguing. The characters of Camber and his family are so beautifully and intricately described that you can almost feel their presence in the room with you as you're reading. The plot and all its convoluted intrigues are finely wrought and believable, as long as you suspend belief, of course, in the ordinary course of things. Kurtz' world, so much like ours of the medieval period, fools you for a moment into thinking it's just a Dark Ages religious story. Then the magic is woven, subtly, lovingly, into the story. The religious aspects are very detailed and clearly are based on Catholic theology, but diverge when the magic enters. But the magic only heightens the solemnity of the faith, not detracts from it. Some people have criticized Kurtz and others like her for toying with the Catholic faith, but I see she means no disrespect, but instead, reveres the faith. Most of all, her Deryni stories are moral tales denouncing religious and ethnic persecution. This is really the essence of her work. Read them for the power of faith over prejudice.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A conflict of loyality verus justice. March 7, 1997
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Camber of Culdi is a story about a plot to overthrow the tyrannic King Imre of Festil, and replace him with the last survivor of the Haldane line, who happens to be a middle aged monk. Eighty years before, it was the Festils who overthrew the last Haldane king. More importantly, this book introduces us to Camber, the man behind the legend; an aging, wise, and moderate person, whose family has served the Festils loyally for generations, and only joins the plot, after his son is murdered by Imre. This book combines a conflict of loyality verus justices, with reason against radicalism. It is well written and its plotline is quite believeable. It is a great book for pure escapism. Read it and enjoy
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This was a re-read for me. I had been a fan of the Deryni books many years ago and had read most of the series. When I saw Camber of Culdi on the shelf, I picked it up out of curiosity to see if it would inspire me to circle back around and pick up the books that I hadn't yet read.

I am pleased to report that this first book in the series holds up well under time. Kurtz is a master at creating a sense of foreboding. Unlike many writers in the fantasy genre, you always have the feeling in her world that you might not be getting a happy ending. This is a rare talent, and gives her work its own kind of attractive tension.

For the modern reader the largest drawback of Camber of Culdi is its length. The books were released at a time when the average book length was significantly shorter than now, and the result was often multi-book series. The titles in these series often have the feeling of being either a little bit overstuffed or a little bit thin. I really enjoyed Camber of Culdi. However, as a modern reader used to being served my fantasy in larger chunks, I felt frustrated that it was forced very quickly to a kind of resolution. Had Kurtz been working in a longer form, I think we would have seen some much more interesting development of the political and religious threads which are among the major strength of the book.

If you have not read any of the Deryni books, be sure to begin here. The necessary background is laid for the rest of the series and you will miss it if you do not have it. This book should appeal to fans of historical fantasy or people interested in the link between religion and magic. Although adult situations are implied, it should be both suitable and enjoyable for teenagers.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are Christianity and Fantasy Compatible? May 3, 2002
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These days there are those worried about this question. As a devout Roman Catholic, let me state that Kurtz's Deryni novels answer this question in the affirmative.
Her heroes are obviously devout people of Faith and of high moral and ethical standards, willing to sacrifice their personal welfare to do the right thing. They prove the value of self sacrifice again and again. The use of scripture to head off chapters is a nice touch as well.
I highly recommend this novel for anyone tired of the same old Tolkien-derived elves and goblins in their fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good medieval story
KK is great
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book - and the beginning of a great series
This is a great book - and the beginning of a great series. I've read the entire series and I will probably read it again. It's that good.
Published 5 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have, for fantasy enthusiasts, who like magic thrown into a...
The opening book, of the opening trilogy, of one of the most enjoyable series I have read. I read the trilogy almost once a year.. and always enjoy it.
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Published 13 months ago by William G.
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I love the Camber series and have read and reread it. Volume 1 was falling apart and had to be replaced. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Wendy Guion
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Saint Camber/Deryni books by Katherine Kurtz
These books by Katherine Kurtz are among my favorite books to re-read. I love the loyalty and love and devotion between the main good characters in her books.
Published 22 months ago by Sydney Lee Harmer
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy of dynastic consequences
Camber of Culdi was the fourth book published in the long series of fifteen Deryni fantasy novels (plus two books of short stories and two reference books, including the massive... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sverre Svendsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Some "Deryni-Druids" may survive as "Culdi-Christians" +++
Katherine Kurtz has penned many fine novels in her Deryni/Culdi world. Most present excellent sword-and-sorcery intrigue in a setting that moderately parallels our actual Christian... Read more
Published on July 18, 2009 by Kevin Kiersky
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Camber, a man torn between his sense of duty and his sense of right and wrong, the Deryni lord who led the war to end the tyranny of his kind and restore a human king to the throne... Read more
Published on April 9, 2007 by Steve Curtis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not flawless
I have to admit that I was a little nervous when I started reading this book. One of the things that drew me into the other Deryni books that I've read was the characters, but this... Read more
Published on April 24, 2005 by Vanessa E. Lee
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