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Deryni Rising (Chronicles of the Deryni) Mass Market Paperback – October 28, 2008
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What's not to like in this first trilogy? Kurtz creates a vivid, living land, essentially an alternate medieval Europe with substantially altered geography and dynasties. You quickly get a sense that this is a intricate world with a rich depth of history. The setting, since it draws on our popular conceptions of the Middle Ages, seems familiar enough that you can easily picture the castles and cathedrals and towns, yet different enough that your imagination can be given free reign to fill in the details.
The people, too, are excellently depicted, from high to low. Few are unalloyed heroes or villains; they all have their flaws and virtues, their hidden secrets and desires and fears. None of them are able to move efforlessly from triumph to triumph; sometimes they stumble, make mistakes, fall into traps. Other than the Deryni themselves, few can call upon huge stores of magic, or charge headlong into battle with mightily enchanted items.Read more ›
While nowdays alternative historial fanatasies fill the genre, Kurtz's was among the first and still the best. Trained as a historian, she gets things right. From the latin phrases, the heraldic elements to the powerful and not always benign church, you'll believe you're simply reading about the medieval ages as it should have been, complete with powerful but persecuted magical practioners. She's basically said, so what if magic was real..? And run with it
This opening novel introduces the main characters, Kelson a young boy-king trying to come to terms with both his temporal and magical powers, as well as his staunch allies, Alaric Morgan, a powerful Duke and a feared sorcerer and Morgan's cousin Duncan Mclain, a priest and also secretly Deryni. Kelson's kingdom, Gwynedd is beset with internal political maneuvers as well as magical threats from other Deryni kingdoms. There is plenty of intrigue, as well as her interesting take on the magical systems of the Deryni.Read more ›
Ignore it's simplicity, it is a unique stroy, with characters that are engaging. Who doesen't want to read a book, every once in a while, where you can love to hate the bad guy and love to love the good guy! Ala star wars etc...
As far as the non-glossed over view of the "Church", you might find that it simply reflects most of the very true documented history of the Catholic Church. It wholly enhances the read!
Read and enjoy! BTW, don't let the old artwork throw you!
It is the familiarity of the setting that makes it comfortable. Gwynned is clearly quite similar to the slightly more Celtic areas of medevial Britian, with it's borders of Keldor and Merea as Scotland and Wales. The Deryni, a race of Wizards (it's inherited) add the edge of fantasy that makes the whole of the series facinating and unknown.
Clearly she also studied some parts of the Western Ceremonial traditions of Magick, for while she puts a new spin on them for the sake of fiction, she also makes them quite familiar to anyone who has studied them.
The characters, while three dimensional, aren't too complicated as of yet for this novel, as they are later developed more fully in later novels, but they are not characatures. In all, it was an excellent work.
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I enjoyed this series some 35 years ago & decided to reread it again. It was just as good then as it is now.Published 3 months ago by Martha Anne Morton
Katherine Kurtz makes it easy to relate to and understand the characters in her writing. Very easy to become a book that you not only can't put down but won't put down.Published 5 months ago by Bill W
A bit too many convenient escapes. But overall really good writing. The deryni are fascinating. Five more words required to...Published 6 months ago by S. Ciszewski
All of the books in the series From Camber of Culdi are great - excellent writing, great story telling, very engaging charactersPublished 9 months ago by Toni5000
I really like Katherine Kurtz' books! The great thing about her storyline in the Fantasy genre is that the evil opponent(s) is/are sitting right across the table from the good... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eric