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The Deryni Archives Paperback – July 12, 1986
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From the Publisher
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.
--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor
From the Inside Flap
een many events in the past 230 years of the half-magical race of the Deryni that were too short to turn into novels. Katherine Kurtz has been writing these when not occupied with longer works, and they are now collected here. Some have appeared in books and other sources now hard to locate. More than half of the fiction is new -- including a major story of how Denis Arilan became the first Deryni priest in 200 years.<br><br>Katherine Kurtz has provided an introduction and individual headings for each story to indicate her feelings and intents in writing each tale. Additionally, there is the complete first story she ever wrote -- the first version of her Deryni vision, and how it all came about.<br><br>For all the myriad lovers of the Deryni, this should be a must book -- both for pleasure and as a reference!
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The Deryni series has left many unanswered questions about the history of the Deryni race, The Camberian Council, as well as Camber's children (and grandchildren). I would like to know more about them. This book does revist both major and minor moments in the history of the the Eleven Kingdoms and i have no complaints with the book. I just want more!
The stories contained in this book are short treats. We see some of the kinder moments that would have no place in a full novel, are nice glimpses into the lives of the characters. We see how a Deryni bishop is ordained.
I can only hope that Katherine Kurtz will release another set of Archives (not Deryni Tales, i mean more stories actually written by Kurtz).
Sean Lord Derry deserved a story of his own; a well-done one too.
I especially liked "The Priesting of Arilan." Of course, I was hooked from the time I first found out he was Deryni. But it's strange that all his later associates...Kelson, Morgan, and Duncan, don't seem to grasp at all who he is. Kurtz will have to tell us if it really was a miracle someday...or at least how Arilan manipulated things so that Duncan could safely be ordained!