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Book Title: Deryni Rising|
The author of the book: Katherine Kurtz
Date of issue: October 28th 2008
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Reader ratings: 5.4
ISBN 13: 9780441016600
Format files: PDF
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It was years ago when I ran across Katherine Kurtz's Deryni novels. Oddly, I never read the first trilogy...
I think as I get older I don't enjoy as much as I once might have stories of deception and the machinations of those who use lies, deception, and hatred to further their ends. Don't get me wrong, I know it goes on. It's probably the most common of "human activities". I didn't say I don't see it, I just said, it's not my chosen "mode of literary enjoyment".
Here we are treated throughout the book to a parade of dupes who, when given a lie that supports their own prejudice/s are quite happy to commit homicide. Not fun.
About 200 years before the novel opens, the Deryni who have been the lands overlords and have ruled the "humans" of Gwynedd with the proverbial iron hand (lacking any velvet glove) had been overthrown, freeing humans. The Deryni are a race of apparently somewhat telepathic and magic using abilities. Other than that, they seem pretty much human (as opposed to elves without pointy ears). There are good and bad among Deryni and human. When the Deryni overlords are finally overthrown by the humans it is with the help of Camber of Culdi. Camber also discovers that with "certain actions" humans can also have the full range of magic powers exercised by the Deryni. After the humans are/were freed they rejoiced and there was a time (apparently 10 to 15 years) when the Deryni people (the people other than the overlords) and the humans worked and lived together in peace. Camber was made a Saint by the church (loosely...very loosely based on the medieval Roman church). Soon however superstitious fears, bigotry, misunderstandings and simple prejudice brought about a persecution of the Dreyni people. At the time of the book, the "church" as a whole is still condemning of Deryni because of (it is claimed) the use of magic. Camber's Sainthood has been revoked and persecution is still common.
The Story follows the events which take place after Brion the King of Gwynedd is murdered and his son Kelson is to take the throne. A Deryni sorceress (Charissa) intends to "take back" the crown through a magical challenge to Kelson at his coronation. As the "special power" of the kings of Gwynedd had sufficed for Brion to defeat Charissa's father, she plots to keep Kelson from receiving those powers.
This isn't a bad book. The read can pull you in a bit and while there are some things I find annoying it is well done. I'll discuss a couple of things a bit more below the spoiler warning.
(view spoiler)[ What did I find annoying? Well, lets see. "Here Your Majesty, have a drink of wine from this bottle that was just given to me by a strange woman whom I've never seen before and know nothing about." "OH! THE KING HAS FALLEN OFF HIS HORSE! Look, his heart has stopped for no apparent reason. It must be the fault of Morgan who isn't even here with us.... he is half Deryni."
Please. What kind of idiot drinks from a bottle given to him by a stranger for no apparent reason, much less gives it to the KING? Oh...he was under a spell. Well, Brion wasn't.
The book has several situations like this some more or less difficult to swallow. The final scene or confrontation in the book takes place with the sorceress Charissa. Kelson hasn't received Brion's power and now "things look bad". The last step in the ritual didn't work...what could they have done wrong. Morgan's ring wasn't "the Defender's seal". What could The Defender's seal be?!?!?
I suspect no one "outside the book" had any doubt what the Defender's Seal would be. Kurtz makes it so clear in the story so obvious it seems everything's done except having it written across the sky in clouds.
There's more but you get the idea, it's a good book slightly flawed and I wasn't all that taken with it though I didn't dislike it either. (hide spoiler)]
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Read information about the authorKatherine Kurtz is an American fantasy novel writer. She is best known for her Deryni series. She currently lives in Virginia.
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