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The King's Justice (The Histories of King Kelson #2)

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Young Kelson Haldane, King of Gwynedd, heir to both royal and Deryni magical powers, was still no match for ex-Archbishop Loris and the Pretender Queen Caitrin who sought his death. Yet, he raised an army against them both, knowing that honor made defeat impossible....
Mass Market Paperback, 322 pages
Published August 12th 1987 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1985)
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Kat  Hooper
Nov 08, 2014 Kat Hooper rated it liked it
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3.5 stars Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.
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The King’s Justice is the second book in Katherine Kurtz’s THE HISTORIES OF KING KELSON trilogy, which is part of her DERYNI CHRONICLES. It’s the fifth book about young King Kelson. You really ought to read the books in this order: Deryni Rising, Deryni Checkmate, High Deryni, The Bishop’s Heir and THEN this book, The King’s Justice.

Kelson is now 17 years old. In the previous book, The Bishop’s Heir, Kelson
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A 2.5 round-up.
Juliana
Jan 17, 2017 Juliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicely Written Installment

Nicely written installment in the series. Enough action and pathos for a well-rounded tale after a somewhat uneven Book 1.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 22, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
The Deryni books are great sword and sorcery fantasy. What makes them unique is that they're a blend of historical fantasy and high fantasy. What marks a book out as high fantasy is a completely imaginary world with no links to real history--legend maybe, but the ties are tenuous, even when like Tolkien's Middle Earth, Lackey's Valdemir or Pierce's Tortall, they have a pseudo-medieval feel.

This on, the other hand, is Christian Europe--yet not quite. Gwynedd is recognizably Britain--more so than
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Altivo Overo
Oct 14, 2016 Altivo Overo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, medieval history fans
This sequel to The King's Justice continues to prove the author's mastery of medieval setting and culture.

The war against the Mearan pretender Caitrin and her supporters, including the renegade and virulently anti-Deryni archbishop Edmund Loris, is detailed masterfully in this volume. Of course we know that Kelson, King of Gwynedd and rightful ruler of Meara and the neighboring border provinces, can and must prevail. How he does this builds a suspenseful tale with complicated events of treason
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Fantasy Literature
Jun 02, 2013 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
The King’s Justice is the second book in Katherine Kurtz’s THE HISTORIES OF KING KELSON trilogy, which is part of her DERYNI CHRONICLES. It’s the fifth book about young King Kelson. You really ought to read the books in this order: Deryni Rising, Deryni Checkmate, High Deryni, The Bishop’s Heir and THEN this book, The King’s Justice.

Kelson is now 17 years old. In the previous book, The Bishop’s Heir, Kelson and his advisors (Morgan and Duncan) dealt with the rebellion of the province of Meara, w
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Carol Gibson
Mar 25, 2015 Carol Gibson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
This is the second book in the King Kelson histories. This is one of my favorites. It can be hard to read because it takes place during war. There is torture, rape and people die who really shouldn't. Kelson is maturing as a King and a man but he is far from perfect. Katherine Kurtz has this amazing ability to make this type of medieval faux Earth fantasy really come to life.

If you like King Arthur stories and knights and magic then these books are fun reads.
David Zerangue
Jul 06, 2013 David Zerangue rated it really liked it
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This installment was much better than the first of the trilogy. Really enjoyed reading this one. Interested to see how they incorporate the third book into the trilogy as she completed this storyline in the this volume. It'll be the search for Saint Camber but it could probably have been a stand alone. I'll find out soon enough.
Karen
Mar 16, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
Young Kelson Haldane, King of Gwynedd, heir to both royal and Deryni magical powers, was still no match for ex-Archbishop Loris and the Pretender Queen Caitrin who sought his death. Yet, he raised an army against them both, knowing that honor made defeat impossible.... interesting.
Phi
Sep 21, 2014 Phi rated it it was amazing
There was a melancholy about the titular justice dispensed in this book, which along with a medieval realism and quasi-catholic society had quite an effect back when I was but a callow youth accustomed to tales of boys adventuring on rocket ships and heroes arriving astride dragons to save the day
Todd
Aug 20, 2012 Todd rated it really liked it
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A good book, Katherine Kurtz writes like the reader has an encyclopedia in front of them written to explain her book..
Michael
Mar 23, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
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The Histories of King Kelson is an excellent trilogy in the Deryni world. These are some of my favorite books. Love the setting and the psychic abilities.
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Katherine Kurtz is American fantasy novel writer. She is best known for her Deryni series. She currently lives in Virginia.
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Other Books in the Series

The Histories of King Kelson (4 books)
  • The Bishop's Heir (Histories of King Kelson, #1)
  • The Quest for Saint Camber (The Histories of King Kelson, #3)
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