In the land of Gwynedd, the Haldanes have long ruled and have long kept a dangerous secret: there are those of their blood who possess the magical powers of the Deryni. To be Deryni in a land ruled by the all-powerful Church is to be branded an outcast.
But now, young Prince Kelson is about to assume the throne after the mysterious death of his father. He must be told of h...more
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 ...more
It's her first book, apparently, so the writing and characterization can get a little rough, and I honestly don't think she knows how to write men. The TWO female characters seem to embody only bad female archetypes, while the various male characters...er...embody the remaining female archetypes; the males ALL seemed to be about one heartbeat away from either kissing each other, scratching each others' eyes out, or putting their hair up in curlers and h ...more
*whose first novel I loved to pieces a few weeks ago :)
Well... I probably should have read Deryni Rising then, rather than now. I almost quit after struggling through a first chapter that I thought was awful. A villain who is objectively evil, full stop; confusing ...more
There are 14 books in the main cannon (so far - and a 15th on the way) - 6 in the "historical" time period and 8 in the "now" - that is, the series is about the world of the Deryni - consider: What if earth had 2 species develop side by side - one that had all those magical/esper abilities and one tha ...more
(I assume that it's our world because the religion is most definitely Christianity, complete with scripture quotes, and because there are a few Moors in the background.)
The basic premis ...more
King Kelson Cinhil Rhys Anthony Haldane was one of my boyhood heroes and I still have a very warm place in my heart for him. I do like him better in The Histories of King Kelson, the later series. He's a little less perfect there so I'm less gi ...more
Written in the early 1970's this trilogy (of which this book is the first one) is/was a prime example of High Fantasy (a la mode of JRRTolkien's LotR). I have the 1981 copy (7th reprint!!) and it's still in one piece!
The action takes place over a period of a couple of weeks (from the death of the King, to the Coronation of the Prince), although it does concentrate o ...more
But Judith Tarr is doing a read for tor.com, and since I own it I figured I'd join in.
Well, it's an easy read, and I don't regret doing it, but honestly it's not terribly well written. As numerous reviewers point out, the few women are stereotypes, and most of the men are cardboard cutouts. Very few of them have sensible motives, and the two major Evil (mandatory ca ...more
This is an utterly cliched sort of fantasy novel set in a prettified Medieval pseudo-Wales, except that it was written ...more
The setting of the Deryni saga is an alternate medieval Europe (clearly analogous to our medieval England and Wales) and the Deryni are a magical race who look just like, and can interbreed with, humans. They have been persecuted for years by the Church (clearly meant to be our medieval Catholic church) and most people with Der ...more
The books are set in a series of trilogies. This first book is about how Kelson becomes King and tries to hold on to his throne facing a threat he isn't really prepared for.
This first book is also pr ...more
It is the story of the death of the current King of Gwynedd (a bit like Wales) and his sons coronation. It is full of Deryni magic and involves an evil sorceress.
It is very pseudo medieval and full of chivalric stuff with a few gaffs(i.e cotton wool)and to be fair there is not much to it. The writing is a bit juvenile now for my more mature tastes. It was alright but cliched and lacking depth.
If an author turned out such a book today they wo ...more
I tell myself quite often that I'm going to go back and read classic, older fantasies that I feel I should have read as a kid. Then I do it and remember why I stick with the newer contemporary works. My foray into the fantasy genre was a little irregular. Naturally, I started with Tolkien in Middle School and decided then that fantasy was my new favorite genre. And it still is I suppose. Then a friend of mine got me into Terry Brooks, so I read a ton of those books, all the while fi ...more
I love how this book gives you a nice blend of magic, fantasy, and it’s setting is in a fictional version of the British Isles. This is nice because not only do you have a solid established setting without too much world building, ...more
Katherine Kurtz is truly a mistress of fantasy -- she's been writing high epic fantasy for 40 years and should be considered one of the post-Tolkien "parents" of our genre.
The setting of the Deryni saga is an alternate medieval Europe (clearly analogous to our medieval England and Wales) and the Deryni are a magical race who look just like, and can interbreed with, humans. They have been persecuted for years by the Church (clearly meant to be our medieval ...more
Not much really happe ...more
As I said back in 2005 (good grief, over 10 years ago), I remember finding these books amazing but hard work as, especially later in the series, they do get very grim. Good, but grim. So I kept putting off rereading them.
Last week, I discovered (rather late) that Judith Tarr is doing a reread of at least the original trilogy over on Tor.com. It was her fault I reread Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince trilogy last year and I definitely wanted to join in with ...more
Charissa, a full-blooded Deryni magician, has different plans for both of them. See, Kelson’s father—aided by Morgan—killed her father, and it’s time she took her revenge.
If this premise sounds simple—you’re right. It is. There are no twists or turns, no reveals that broaden ...more
Except for some highlights, I struggled to enjoy this book. Most of the story felt like an introduction, and then it ended. As an added irritant were stupid things like "his skittish warhorse pranced" (if it's skittish it's not a warhorse), and telling the reader every.single.colour and description of every ...more
The biggest problem that I h ...more
Re-reading the "Chronicles of the Deryni" and "The Histori ...more