In the tradition of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover anthologies, Katherine Kurtz's "Deryni Tales" is a compendium of stories set in the author's Deyni universe that have been written by fans. The book contains eight stories which have previously appeared in the author-sanctioned "Deryni Archives: The Magazine" fanzine plus a new story, "The Green Tower", written for this collection by Ms. Kurtz.
"The Green Tower" provides tantalizing hints to events in Kurtz's forthcoming Childe Morgan trilogy, the next installment in the history of the Deryni in the Eleven Kingdoms. The story concerns an apocryphal tale of a magical working gone awry and introduces the reader to ancestors of such major characters as Alaric Morgan, Duncan McLain, and Jehana of Bremagne, as well as various members of the contemporary Camberian Council. We also get a glimpse of how and for what reasons marriages are arranged in Gwynedd.
Of the fan-written tales I particularly enjoyed Daniel Kohanski and Jay Baryy Azneer's "Arilan the Talmud Student", Sharon Henderson's "Deo Volente", and Melissa Houle's "Dhugal at Court." All in all, this was a very enjoyable effort which should satisfy Ms. Kurtz's army of fans until the first book of the Childe Morgan trilogy is published. Hopefully, "Deryni Tales" will echo the success of the Darkover anthologies and see the publication of additional volumes.