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Childe Morgan (Deryni) Hardcover – December 5, 2006
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In bestseller Kurtz's morbid second tale of her new Deryni trilogy—following 2003's In the King's Service and set before the King Kelson novels—King Donal Haldane is mourning the loss of his bastard son, Krispin, a boy he thought would be companion and protector to Crown Prince Brion, and hoping that Alyce and Kenneth de Morgan's toddler son, Alaric, heir to Alyce's Deryni magic, can be groomed to take Krispin's place. Bishop Oliver de Nore's brother, Septimus, was put to death by the king after Alyce used her powers to reveal that he orchestrated Krispin's killing; now Oliver is doubly motivated to accelerate the church's campaign to exterminate the Deryni, who are feared by many humans in the land of Gwynedd. Kurtz renders even the most plot-twisting demises more dreary than dramatic, which makes for terrific medieval realism but uninteresting narrative. (Dec.)
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Alyce de Corwyn, Deryni heiress to two lands, is happy with her human husband and precocious son. Three-year-old Alaric was pledged from birth to serve the royal heirs of Gwynedd, however, and Deryni powers are feared and hated by too many in Gwynedd. The Deryni are divided, too, between loyalty to their kind and loyalty to their lands and kings. Alyce expects to have sufficient time before Alaric must fulfill the pledge, and then unexpected events throw responsibility on Gwynedd's young king; Torenth, the heir of Gwynedd's enemy; and Alaric, who is now four. Kurtz's fans will celebrate this continuation of In the King's Service (2003). Frieda Murray
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She does do a good job of providing a gloss on life in the 12th century or so, not leaving out the bad parts while not overly concentrating on them either. That era was not a comfortable time. Here descriptions, brief though they are, of the difficulties of living in the winter were very good.
The entire trilogy [now that I have read it] is really more the middle book of a big trilogy like Lord of the Rings. Not much seems to happen, byt that's because things are being set up for the rest of the story. If you can accept that, you'll almost certainly like this trilogy.