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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reprint edition (22 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044101660X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441016600
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NEARLY two weeks later, Morgan and a single blue-cloaked military aide clattered through the north gate of Rhemuth, Brion's capital city. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar. 1997
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This is the story of King Kelson Haldane who assumes the throne at age 14, after witnessing his father's murder. Treachery surrounds the young king, as a Deryni sorceress challenges him for the throne. His only help is Morgan, a half Deryni chief advisor, who must help the boy assume his own sorcerer's powers. While the hostile regency council, led by the Church, which has presecuted the Deryni for 200 years, is trying to destroy Morgan. This is where the Deryni universe begins. It is Miss Kurtz's first novel in the series and it shows. This book is written more toward the adolesence than the adult reader. But from an embryonic start, the Deryni universe blossoms wonderfully in subsequent novels, as Miss Kurtz's writing skills improve dramatically.
Read this book for that very reason, it is just the beginning and things do get a lot better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 1996
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In a fantasy world similar to medieval Britain the Deryniare outcast. Their telepathic and other "magical" powersare condemned by the church as work of the devil. They arefeared, shunned and oftentimes burned at the stake.At last, two hundred years after massive persecutions, theDeryni are rising once more. Under royal protection the halfDeryni Duke Alaric Anthony Morgan gains a degree ofacceptance when the hatered of religious zealots and thescheming of an ambitious sorceress threaten to end hisefforts... and his life.Beware! Once started this series is addictive! The writingand the plot grow more gripping by the chapter. You may experience a compultion to read and re-read these books lateinto the night.
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Following the death of his father King Brion Haldane, Kelson becomes the ruler of Gwynedd. As a 14-year-old he must fight not only his own inexperience, but conflicts on all sides. From outside, in the shape of the powerful sorceress Charissa. From within, in the form of his own church. Most complex of all is his Deryni power heritage which he must understand to survive.

Chronologically this is one of the later trilogies, but in written order it is the first and it is the least compelling work of the saga. If you're new to the Deryni, you perhaps should start chronologically with the Legends Of Camber Of Culdi. If you have read the previous trilogies, you're obviously hooked and will read this series, but you might be disappointed. The tight plotting, memorable scheming characters, and danger in which anyone, even the central character, can die are largely absent. Many of the elements that would later be refined are here, but the quality of the fiction is lower. Worse, the structure is closer to the Tolkien model for epic fantasy rather than the political struggles and shades of grey that are to be found elsewhere.

You can feel a tension in which the author searches for a voice, which would at the time have been fairly original for epic fantasy, but which instead keeps reverting to providing yet another battle between Good and Evil. The series isn't a complete waste, but there are too many lengthy descriptions of magical conflicts and not enough tension for this to be recommended to anyone other than a fan of this otherwise great saga.
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By Archy on 4 Feb. 2010
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One of the first really succesful fantasy books to appear at the end of the 60s, when Lord of the Rings had put fantasy back on the map, this is a welcome reissue.

Unlike many fantasy novels, this isn't a quest story or a heroic tale - until the climax, there are few out and out fights. It focusses instead on political intrigue as a young king struggles against those who would usurp him before he has even come to power. The main character, the boy king Kelson, and his Deryni companion, are great, and the book works best when detailing their relationship. The council scene is wonderful.

The main problem is with the many supporting characters. Far too many are introduced too early, and it's a little hard to get to grips with who they are as the book progresses. Once you are part the way through, though, this slight weakness doesn't spoil the book, as the large cast list is trimmed down to the major players.

This was the first in what went on to be a very long series, and I'm sure Katherine Kurtz would write it differently today. But back in 1970 it must have been a breath of fresh air. In fact, it was the first new fantasy to be included in Lin Carter's famous 'Adult Fantasy' series. Still well worth a read for fantasy lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sept. 1996
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While Kurtz was definitely learning to sustain and flesh
out a plot, this book is still wonderfully satisfying. A
lovely, medieval world in which some people, the Deryni,
have extensive telepathic and empathic powers. A moving
examination of humanity and Catholicism. Even better,
Kurtz's talents develop rapidly in the sequels, making this
series a must read. Fabulous gifts!
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