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Childe Morgan

(The Childe Morgan #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  800 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Alaric Morgan has been pledged to the king's service, for his Dernyi blood makes him ideal to safeguard the Haldane kings and ensure that Prince Brion shall have protection of his hereditary magic. But the Deryni are feared by the populace of Gwynedd and are viewed with deep suspicion by the Church. And the Camberian Council, which secretly oversees the activities of Deryn ...more
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published December 5th 2006 by Ace Books
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Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm glad I read the trilogy but it just doesn't have the same quality as the earlier series. And Alaric in, my favorite character in the previous books, is only a toddler.
Richard Radgoski
A bit slower in the first half than some might prefer , Childe Morgan was a wonderful trip back to Gwynedd for this reader who originally found K Kurtz and her Deryni in the 80s. this book sets into motion moving the key players inexorably toward the events in her original trilogy. The true action begins with the unfortunate death of a minor if beloved character and this triggers a series of events like dominoes falling one after another. I look forward to reading the latest book in the series d ...more
Mar 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Katherine Kurtz's deryni novels. Although this is not one to start with, I am completely satisfied with the book as a whole. Although the series claims to be about Alaric Morgan, this book is really about his mother and to a small degree his father. If you want light reading you will not find it with the deryni novels for the most part. Although not difficult to read, her topics are deep, and rich. The characters are well developed, with flaws and strenghts to make them believ ...more
Laurey Steinke
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the second book of a trilogy. The first book of this trilogy is “In the King’s Service.”

The Deryni books all enthrall me. This one was no different, as I became wrapt up in the fate of the well-detailed medieval life and the emotions of the characters described. I do not suggest starting reading about the Deryni with this book, or even this trilogy. There are others where the clash of the cultures and the back story of the society are laid out more clearly. See Kurtz’s suggestion f
Fiona Thompson
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to re-read the first in this trilogy, In the Kings Service, as it has been many years since I first read it. Amazing how much I forget, because it was as if I had never read it before! It set me in the right place to come to this - the middle book in the trilogy - which takes us through the early years of the Deryni Alaric Morgan as he develops his skills and knowledge in order to fulfil his destiny as supporter of Prince Brion once he becomes King and the Haldane Magic is released. Deryni ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the book I was expecting. The story telling was more like the early Kurtz work that I enjoyed in my teens. She managed to make the story engaging, even though we "know" most of the facts before hand because the information is included in those books that fall later in the timeline, but were written decades ago.

Even at this early age, Alaric Morgan shows signs of the man he will one day become, and I'd be lying if I said this didn't make me want to pick up those first books t
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I stopped reading the Deryni books several years ago because my mind was full and I needed something lighter. Recently I've been wanting to read more challenging books and I ran across this one in my local library.

This was a nice interlude. It's easy to see where Morgan got his confidence. He was loved. It's also easy to see where he learned to hide his vulnerabilities. He's a character to be reckoned with.

I may re-read the series. I miss the depth.
Jennifer Urbanek
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: deryni
If you enjoy the Deryni series and King Kelson, you will enjoy this preview of prior to Kelson's birth. This tracks Alaric from after his mother, Alyce's death, to Kelson's birth. It depicts the trials being a Deryni at court, the upheaval of Bishop Nore and Alaric and King Brion coming into their magical powers.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A worthy entry in the world of the Deryni and the Haldane Kings

Katherine Kurtz continues the story of Alaric Morgan's childhood, his parents Alyce De Corwyn and Kenneth Morgan. We say farewell to some old friends and greet new characters as they move become more important to the story. Overall an excellent read!
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is so incredibly boring. Absolutely NOTHING happens! Day to day life and that's pretty much it.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great Deryni book. I was so/so on the first of this series, but this one was excellent.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Good to know about Morgan :)
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The continues the story started in "In King's Service". Rounds out King Donal & Alyce de Corwyn Morgan's story and spends more time developing Sir Kenneth's character, and not much more.

For fans and completists only.
Jeff J.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel in the Derynii saga highlights the childhood of Alaric, and foreshadows future events.
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Way better than book 1 of this series. I'm a big fan of the Deryni series. Wish I could still get the earlier books from the library (they purged them - the nerve!) I may be forced to buy them to reread!
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Alaric Morgan has been pledged to the service of King Donal, still
grieving following the death of his out-of-wedlock son, Kelson.
Alaric brings peace of mind to Donal because he is Deryni, a race
of people who employs powerful magic --- a magic that can be used
to protect 14-year-old Prince Brion. Yet, as comforting as that
thought may seem, Donal carries a great burden.

First of all, the Deryni are a feared group, watched by the Church
with scrutinous e
=== Bland beginning, stirring conclusion ===

Katherine Kurtz may not be the most prolific fantasy writer. That distinction may belong to S M Stirling although his works straddle a number of genres. But I think the Deryni books by Kurtz may hold the record for the most fantasy books, at sixteen (as well as three additional ancillary works), that follow a timeline of more than two hundred years (903 to 1128) chronicling the adventures and travails of succeeding Gwynedd monarchs, the Der
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I've been a fan of Katherine Kurtz since I first read the Camber trilogy in the early 1980s. I can't say how many times I have re-read her first four Deryni trilogies and short stories. (view spoiler)

Childe Morgan is part of a prequel trilogy with the stories of Alaric Morgan's parents and childhood under King Donal and then King Brion (Kelson's father). The third book in this trilogy, The King's Deryni, was just published in De
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2006, 7, fantasy
This is a solid read, with maybe a few too many names thrown around for the reader with an average memory (such as myself) to keep up with.

It was a bit disappointing as I was wanting to read about Alaric (and Duncan) and while they both featured in this book, they were both toddlers with very little to do.

This book is really about Alaric's parents, Kenneth and Alyce, with a touch of information about the Haldane kings before Kelson thrown in. That's fine in and of itself,
Jun 17, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of the Deryni world
I've enjoyed the Deryni series, but Ms Kurtz's recent additions haven't been as good as the early books. I still enjoy reading more stories in this rich world, but my favorites will always be the early works.

This particular book focuses on the early childhood of one of the main characters in the later Deryni series, Alaric Morgan. Having read all of these other books, I already knew the fate of the characters.

The Deryni world is one for which I have always wanted the gaps
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
This is, I believe, the fifteenth novel in Kurtz' Deryni series. I have read all of them - except the one that directly precedes this one, "In the King's Service." If you must read this book, I highly recommend reading it first. However, I don't particularly recommend reading either of them. This book barely qualifies as a novel. Reading it is akin to spending time with an extremely gossipy acquaintance who insists on chattering at length about people that you barely remember. "Oh did you hear t ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Most of the failures of this book are included in the other reviews. However, I feel you must know that this book probably has the laziest ending I've ever seen in a fantasy novel. You will NOT be rewarded with fireworks for all the gossip you just schlepped through. Instead, the ending comes as close as you can get to a big old Deus Ex Machina. God knows why, since she hardly backed her characters into a serious corner anyways. I realize one probably gets tired with how many books she's written ...more
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Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Katherine Kurtz’s first Deryni series introducing the land of Gwynneth and its young, just-made King Kelson and his advisor Alaric Morgan is a justifiably acclaimed fantasy classic. Since that first trilogy, Kurtz has given us several series of books dipping into Gwynneth’s far history as well as Kelson’s near future. While, as is true of just about any such multi-volume fantasy series, there have been some stumbles here and there, for the most part Kurtz has maintained the high level of quality ...more
Nov 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'd forgotten how much I loooooove Katherine Kurtz's Deryni novels. Within a paragraph she's completely enveloped you in her rich world of Gwynedd, based on 14th century England and alive with details. I was thrilled a few years ago when she started writing these stand alone books, like King Kelson's Bride. This one was a little rocky at first, in that she reminded us of what had happened in the previous book a few too many times, but after the first few chapters it was wonderful stuff. I love s ...more
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
I normally have very high regard for Katherine Kurtz, and I read this one just because it was from her, and in the very solid Deryni series.

Overall, rather disappointing. The story, the plot just wasn't there. It felt more like she was just trying to bridge the gap between the previous book and the beginning of the Kelson stories. There were whole sections of the book where it felt like she was just killing time, and it almost felt like she was obliged to kill characters off because
Mar 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
I've been a big fan of Kurt'z Deryni novels since I was in high school and a friend of mine turned me on to them. I haven't read one in many years so I was looking forward to this one. Though I enjoyed it, I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps because so much time had gone by and I had lost some of the details of the other books or perhaps it really just was a tad slow.

Still, a mediocre Kurtz is better than most and it was a pleasure to return to Gwynedd and immerse myself in the detailed universe
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has less of the horror and bloodthirstiness of many of the other Deryni novels, and for that alone it rates high. However, this sweet tale of a young boy pledged to serve a king not yet throned is one of the best because it ties many of the lines together.

One of my favorite parts was (view spoiler). I adored Vera, and thought again how horribly un
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is a book #2 about Deryni, humans with magical powers. Deryni are feared throughout the kingdom, therefore they have to hide their true identities from those who are not Deryni.

The story is centered about Alaric Morgan, who is a young Deryni boy pledged to king's service. He is to serve Prince (future king) Brion. But books gives various twists and turns that might put them all in danger.

The book is well written, with tons of different characters. I guess I should have read the
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, deryni
The death toll in this makes me think that Ms. Kurtz has been taking a leaf out of GRR Martin's plotting devices, though to be fair, very few were violent deaths. Disease is one of those reasons I wouldn't really want to visit the Middle Ages.
The book is enjoyable but sadly many characters aren't around long enough for you to get to properly know them. The writing style flows well as always, except for the initial checking on how a new character's name is pronounced.
Now I just have t
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gone
Tired Prequel. Fans and compleatists only.

70 pages of people travelling and greeting one another before anything happens at all. The whole book is a set up for later events, and as often happens with prequels the author is trapped into describing rather than making the story live. When things do get moving a little it is a bad retread version of the superb 'Deryni Rising'. At least Katherine Kurtz keeps alive her policy of proper old fashioned health, if someone catches a chill, they
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Katherine Kurtz is an American fantasy novel writer. She is best known for her Deryni series. She currently lives in Virginia.

Other books in the series

The Childe Morgan (3 books)
  • In the King's Service (The Childe Morgan #1)
  • The King's Deryni (The Childe Morgan, #3)