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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better of the Deryni series, September 25, 2002
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Amazon Customer "cloudia" (Seattle, WA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Harrowing of Gwynedd (The Heirs of Saint Camber, Vol. 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
I have mixed feelings about the Deryni series. At it's best it is very authentic, mixing a very detailed pseudo-pagan medievalism with a well thought out magical system. It fails sometimes though in the characterizations and motivations and gets rather gimmicky and embarrassingly self-imitative at times. But this book is not one of those. The books featuring St Camber and his children and the beginning of the Haldane line are generally quite fun and illustrate medieval religious issues in a fantasy format. I haven't come across too many books that deal with the issue of Sainthood in an almost physical way, which is odd because there are so many medieval based fantasy characters out there. Or if I have come across fantasy books featuring the issue of Sainthood they must have been so bad I can't remember any of them. This one is good. All the more so since it studies a character who was both admirable and interesting. And as I remember it, it's been awhile, the plot has some surprising quirks. You might want to read the three previous books that feature Camber himself, or you might want to let this story introduce you to the legend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More to come?, December 27, 2002
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S. K. Leggate "Sunni" (Fernley, NV United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Harrowing of Gwynedd (The Heirs of Saint Camber, Vol. 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
This was an excellent book. I hope that this won't be the end of this generation of characters in the Deryni series. All of Ms. Kurtz novels feature main characters of strong moral value, and this is not an exception. This is a novel full of the usual well written and thought out scenes, and strong charaters. It is, as are of her Ms. Kurtz books enjoyable and believable. It has a good number of surprises as well, and it's own fair share of suspense and intrigue. The charaters struggle and risk all they have for what the feel is the greater good. They stop at nothing to do what is right, and accomplish it while attempting to hurt as few others along the way as possible. this is a page turner of a book. It won't dissapoint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Harrowing Of Gwynedd, December 22, 1999
This review is from: The Harrowing of Gwynedd (The Heirs of Saint Camber, Vol. 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
I applaud Katherine Kurtz's ability to introduce her characters to all readers so that they feel like family. I was moved to tears by the ending of this novel, yet was left with a smile on my face. I can only say that this is a MUST read for deryni fans, and everyone else on the planet as well. The heirs of Saint Camber is a stunning example of a fantasy series that, in another time, could be true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats!, February 11, 2014
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This review is from: The Harrowing of Gwynedd (The Heirs of Saint Camber, Vol. 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
The Deryni Series by Katherine Kurtz is one of my all-time favorites and "The Harrowing of Gwynedd" is no exception. The characters are so well-rounded and three dimensional and the story-line, as continued directly from the previous trilogy, is gripping and while tragic in places, proceeds logically along the story-line. I truly believe her when she says that the stories and characters often tell her where they intend to go. I hope she keeps writing to fill in the rest of the gaps in Gwynedd's history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbed, December 9, 2011
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This review is from: The Harrowing of Gwynedd (The Heirs of Saint Camber, Vol. 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
I began reading the Deryni books by Kurtz last spring and was immediately drawn in. I enjoy fantasy and found this book to be especially engaging. I feel as though I am living in the story. Can't wait to read more.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another book of courage and tragedy........, May 17, 1997
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This review is from: The Harrowing of Gwynedd (The Heirs of Saint Camber, Vol. 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
The Harrowing of Gwynedd sees the Deryni people on the verge of extinction, as a small group of them attempt to make stand. The story centers on Evaine, daughter of Camber, as she leads the struggle. She is a mother, a soceress, and a warrior, whose skills are tested to the limit. Her success or failure will determine the fate of her people. Read this book and see what happens. Her character is both strong and believeable, as her presence dominates this book
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The Harrowing of Gwynedd (The Heirs of Saint Camber, Vol. 1)
The Harrowing of Gwynedd (The Heirs of Saint Camber, Vol. 1) by Katherine Kurtz (Mass Market Paperback - September 13, 1989)
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