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The King's Deryni

(The Childe Morgan #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  479 ratings  ·  68 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Katherine Kurtz’s novels of the Deryni have been hailed by Anne McCaffrey as “an incredible historical tapestry of a world that never was and of immensely vital people who ought to be.” Now Kurtz weaves a thrilling conclusion to the epic Childe Morgan trilogy, in which bonds of both magic and loyalty will be put to the ultimate test…

Hardcover, 560 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Ace
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Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Katherine Kurtz and her Deryni books are my favorite author and favorite books. I have never rated them less than a 5 star score. However, this book didn't seem to match the quality of her previous work. King Brion referred to his father Donal on some pages and his father Cinhil on another. Alaric's sister Bronwyn remained four years old for several years. These seem like things an editor should have noticed. I did enjoy going back to Gwynedd again and spending time with some of my favorite char ...more
Graham Crawford
Dec 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
I have fond memories of the Deryni books - I first picked these up in the late 80's and I remember being deeply moved by Kurtz's tales of religious intolerance and racial persecution. I joined the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) when I was reading this series - unaware at that time Katherine Kurtz was a mover and shaker in that sprawling medievalists' cos-play club. So it was with some nostalgia I opened her latest book - looking forward to being immersed in a fond and familiar fantasy wo ...more
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
If you haven't read any Deryni novels before, then this isn't for you. There is probably too much background information which isn't included - having been gone into depth in previous novels, which, with all due respect, you need to have read.

This is a book about Alaric Morgan, a high-powered Deryni, whose loyalty lies with the Crown of Gwynedd: currently, in this book, with Brion; and in previous books, with Kelson, Brion's son.
It is a narrative of Alaric's life from age 7, to his 'majority' at
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
Finally tracked down volume three in this addition to the history of Gwynedd, but it turns out to really be for completists only.

Filling in history in a fantasy series is frequently a little dicey; when you already know the general shape of events its a challenge to get any real stakes in the story, and this story which traces the childhood and entry into the kings service of Kurtz's famed character Alaric Morgan suffers from this problem. It's no secret that Morgan is a main character in later
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm a great fan of Ms. Kurtz's Deryni books, going all the way back to my middle school days, and own all of them (some several times over). I was thrilled to get this final chapter to the Childe Morgan series, bringing the saga of the Deryni full circle to the events of Deryni Rising. While I enjoyed the book very much, it was odd that some of the fairly legendary elements of Brion and Alaric's relationship and deeds were downplayed -- no spoilers, but what I thought would be a substantial part ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was looking forward to the return to the Eleven Kingdoms and the world of the Deryni and the Haldanes. I love Katherine Kurtz and her world building. While I enjoyed the book, there wasn't much in the way of action in this book. It is the back story to Alaric Morgan and how he becomes the lynchpin to the Haldanes and the return to grace of the Deryni. A precocious young boy and a young adult wise beyond his years this is really a growing up story of character development. there is some magical ...more
Michael Brown
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series-reading
This volume starts out very slow and is boring for about 90% of the book. Was very disappointed in that this tale is lots of 'we trained this way. then we trained this way, then we rode around a bit. then we fell off a horse or sleep in a barn etc etc etc'. If I wanted a training manual for pages and squires I would get an Osprey book on chivalry and castle life. I will have to re-read some of the older books for better stories.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, deryni
It's a mark of a good book that upon completion you want continue the story. As the end of The King's Deryni dovetails into Kurtz's first book Deryni Rising, I may well do just that.

I have explored the Kingdom of Gwynedd over the decades and it has become one of my most favourite fantasy series. Kurtz has found a unique blend between historical fiction and magical fantasy.
Patrick St-Denis
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I've been a big fan of this series for well over two decades and it's always with great pleasure that I return to the Deryni universe. Now 40+ years in the making, Katherine Kurtz's landmark series seldom fails to satisfy longtime fans. Unfortunately, although she is arguably the mother of historical fantasy, over the years the NYT bestselling Deryni saga has become out of print and thus always harder and harder to find. It's a sad state of affairs, for that means that an entire generation of SF ...more
Fiona Thompson
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was musing on what to read next and Katherine Kurtz came to mind as I missed her characters and the stories appeared incomplete. They were because I had missed two books in the Childe Morgan series! I have been reading these books since the late 1970s and, in this book, the final in the trilogy, we see Morgan, still so young, come into his own as one who could unleash the Haldane magic in the new King Brion. Although these are deemed fantasy novels, they are less battles and dragons (there are ...more
Sylvia McIvers

The king is crowned, people are knighted, people are born, people die, people get hurt. In short, life goes on. People with magic conspire, get educated, get in trouble, try to learn from their mistakes, make new mistakes.

This is very much a continuation of the saga. Disclaimer, I didn't read the previous books, and I'm pretty sure that I missed some of the emotional intensity long-time readers will have. However, I didn't at any point feel that I needed information from previous books to make
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this conclusion, though I don't think it ranks among the best of Kurtz's work. I have to wonder if the author knows a lot of children, based on a few of the things she writes in this trilogy. That aside, it was fun to read the back story of my favorite character, and I think you can really begin to see the man he will become, particularly in this book.

She also continues to set up the conflict with the Church and with the Queen very well, without being heavy handed about it. The bit bet
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it

It's been awhile since I've read the first two in this trilogy, or any of the Deryni books. But I did discover that I had remembered enough to keep up. Although Kurtz DOES include a lot of names and genealogies, so I may not have recognized some that I should that tie in with others.

The Deryni books read easily and quickly. For people that like historical novels with a slight fantasy "alternate world" flavor, these will satisfy.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
What a disappointment this trilogy is! It's so boring!!!! Even the one battle the king has is boring. There's a short battle at the end culminating in the king's magical battle, but it seems it was just thrown in to add some bit of excitement. Only it isn't exciting.

Skip this trilogy. You won't miss a thing. It doesn't add a thing to Alaric Morgan's role in the Deryni series.
Jeff J.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The most recently-published book in the Deryni saga fills a critical gap in the series - the youth of Alaric. I found his story engaging, although he did seem wise beyond his years. As is usually the case in a Kurtz book, the tension ramps up considerably at the end, but it also served to set the stage for the events of the first Deryni trilogy.
Nigel Shaw
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have generally enjoyed all of the Deryni novels but found this one repetitious and lacking enough plot. (How many times do you have to have an oath swearing ceremony in one book?) Having said that it does help fill in the overall history and story of the series. For fans of the series, I would not recommend as a first read for someone new to the author.
Laurey Steinke
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book, and was pleased to learn about the early days of Morgan. I think there are a few inconsistencies with the Kelson novels, but I nothing major. If you enjoy the universe, read these. Those who are new to the series should not start with this trilogy.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Pleasant but not much of a plot.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I realize this the last King Brion book of the Childe Morgan trilogy, but I wish there were more.
Sue Howell
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series and enjoyed this book. However, four stars because I felt she rushed the ending.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of the Deryni series for decades and have always liked this author. This may be her last book due to her advanced age and I really wanted to like it more. It has some interesting details in it, but nothing really happens in this book. It's not a bad book, it's just not got much going on.
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It’s been eight long years since Katherine Kurtz last walked us through Gwynedd. With THE KING’S DERYNI, she ties up some storylines, explores history, and completes her prequel series centered on Brion Haldane and Alaric Morgan.

Brion Haldane has ascended to the throne of Gwynedd. The 18-year-old king is immediately saddled with the burdens of rule, but also with the treachery and shadows that lurk behind every corner. From his first breath as king, he must concern himself with seeking a queen,
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels-fantasy
Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni annals of sixteen books (as well as three additional ancillary works) follow a timeline of more than two hundred years (903 to 1128) in a fantasy medieval setting. They chronicle the adventures and travails of succeeding monarchs of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and a magic-empowered race, the Deryni; adversarial bishops and sinister clergy, who despise Derynis; and contending usurpers and pretenders to the Gwynedd throne, residing in the neighbouring Kingdom of Torenth, most ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Deryni Rising, Katherine Kurtz's first book about the Deryni, a race with mystical magical powers, was first published in 1970. I probably read it in 1970 or 1971, and have been a devoted fan of both KK and the world she has created ever since.

The King's Deryni, published in 2014, is the final volume in KK's "The Childe Morgan" trilogy, following Alaric Morgan from before his birth to his destiny in awakening King Brion Haldane's own unique powers. (NOTE: Alaric Morgan's story is continued in th
Morgan Dhu
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Kurtz's world of Gwynedd, and with her magical, endangered Deryni with her first book, Deryni Rising, the beginning of the chronicles of King Kelson's reign, published in 1970, and have followed her writing ever since, waiting patiently for each new volume in the Deryni series. And it has been such a long wait for this, The King's Deryni, the last volume of Kurtz' Childe Morgan trilogy - eight years, in fact. With this volume, Alaric Morgan, the half-Deryni Duke and loyal ser ...more
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Kevin Rubin
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
The third in the “Childe Morgan” trilogy was slower and more repetitive than the first two. This covers the child, Alaric Morgan, growing up after the death of his mother, becoming a royal page and then squire, and his close relationship with King Brion Haldane.

Not a whole lot happens for most of the book, Alaric trains, practices, falls out of a tree and injures his arm, but recovers completely, rains some more, rides horses… There’s page after page of royal ceremonies, inducting young boys as
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Alaric Morgan always knew his purpose in life--to stand alongside the king of Gwynedd. The old king knew that whichever of his sons succeeded to the throne would benefit from having a Deryni at his side. Alaric and the young Prince Brion Haldane were bound together by magic--a magic to be called upon when Brion was most in need. Now eighteen, Brion has ascended to the throne and seven-year-old Alaric has come to court. Through the coming years, both will grow to manhood and come to realize thei ...more
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rarely do I stay up on a work night to finish reading a book. This one was worth the lost sleep. A fitting conclusion to the trilogy highlighting the creation and coming of age of Alaric Anthony Morgan, Duke of Corwyn and Earl of Lendour. Even knowing how this trilogy had to end, it was a pleasure to read. The prose is that good.
Katherine Kurtz created this world many years ago and has taken the reader up and down its timeline, highlighting various important characters, events, and places. The
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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)
  • Childe Morgan (The Childe Morgan #2)