Mar 01, 08
Read in January, 1990
These comments apply to all 3 books of the original Deryni Trilogy, Deryni Rising, Deryni Checkmate, and High Deryni. I really enjoyed this series. I liked Kurtz's writing style, and she did a great job creating and describing the fantasy world of Gwynnedd. I could see a lot of Welsh influence in the world she created. I think the series teaches a good lesson about tolerance of minorities and overcoming ignorance. However, the story line seemed to have some anti-religious undertones which I wasn't crazy about, not unlike the more-recent novel The Golden Compass by another author, though not as brazen. Though I did like the series, I never went on to read the other novels by Kurtz about the Deryni or the Land of Gwynnedd. I got the impression from what I'd heard about the other novels that they were merely repetitions of the same themes, with different characters. I'd gotten the message the first time with the original trilogy, I didn't need to read more.