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High Deryni Mass Market Paperback – August 12, 1987

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The late Lester del Rey had a theory about the biological seat of Deryni power, a theory that he could have related in astonishing specificity. I just remember that he said it must come from somewhere in the nose, something related to the olfactory senses. I always thought that wa snot a very glamourous way to look at an exciting, epic sweep of fantasy. But after all, magic has to come from somewhere.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (August 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345347668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345347664
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,511,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason Gonella on April 19, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With this novel, the initial trilogy of the Deryni comes to a close, and in ways that are ultimately unexpected.
The previous volume left quite a mess for King Kelson to clean up, with a civil war to the south, an invading army to the north, a treasonous Earl, an adamantly opposed Archbishop, all lining up for various reasons against Kelson. His internal opponents are so blinded by their own dogmatic resistance to be able to comprehend that they are making their own situation worse by their opposition. They are convinced of the evil of the Deryni, and will oppose a Deryni Duke, even if it means that an evil Deryni warlord will invade and conquer.
King Wencit of Torenth already has the upper hand by his trechary, having slaughtered the armies in the north, the Cassini and Kheldish armies and is ready for pitched battle against a divided Gwynned. But even then, he has plans to skip the battle, a new plot and counterplot, a master schemer he is, pitting himself against both Gwynned and the Camberian Council.
There are a few interesting twists and a rather unsatisfying ending, but it does work out for the best, with no small amount of pain on the part of the victors. War is hell, and it is difficult to be king.
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By Katherine on March 20, 2015
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3.5 stars. Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. Life's too short to read bad books!

High Deryni, originally published in 1973, is the third novel in Katherine Kurtz’s DERYNI CHRONICLES. In the first novel, Deryni Rising, young Prince Kelson, who has inherited some Deryni magic, took his dead father’s throne after fighting an evil sorceress. In the second novel, Deryni Checkmate, tensions rose after the Church (obviously based on the medieval Catholic Church of our world) excommunicated Alaric Morgan and Duncan McLain, two of Kelson’s relatives and advisors.

As the third novel starts, the Church has just split over the Deryni issue. Traditionally the clergy has viewed any sort of magic as evil, akin to the witchcraft which their Holy Scriptures clearly forbids. They’re also worried that the Deryni will use their powers to overturn legitimate benevolent governments, undermine the Church, and establish malevolent dictatorships. Looking at the history of Gwynedd, and thinking about our own history, it’s easy to understand their point of view. But, unfortunately, the Church has dealt with their fear by persecuting anyone who has any Deryni blood. Recently a more progressive minority of Church leaders has split off. They recognize that since the Deryni power is inherited, being Deryni is not the problem; rather, it’s how a Deryni chooses to use his or her power that the Church should be concerned with. This ecclesiastical unrest threatens to cause civil war at a time when Gwynedd needs to unite against outside enemies.
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By Richard Luke on March 29, 2015
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I have read the entire Deryni saga several times. This was the first trilogy written. Chronologically, Camber of Culdi comes first, if you are able to find a copy. I have always enjoyed this series. It is well written and holds your attention from the beginning!
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Very upset with the rewriting of the audio version of this story. Trying to read and listen at the same time is difficult. There was no need to do it. The original story was excellent the way it was. All they had to do was read it as it was. But they didn't.
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This book was fantastic! A must read for anyone who is interested in mid-evil fantasy. Also, if you are interested in the poitical nature of those who are wizards and those who are not (Christians).
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the whole series is great...it was fun to reread this book 20 years or so after first reading it. camber, the church references, wrapped in a medieval are captivating and compelling
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Fantastic, haven't finished it yet, but so far the good guys ultimately seem to come out on top, I do not like it when the bad guys win... lots of intrigue too!
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By Suzanne Simons on January 25, 2015
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Katherine Kurtz never disappoints!!! Love all her books. Wonderful realism for a make believe world. Reminds me of "Game of Thrones"
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